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Woodland Park Zoo

5500 Phinney Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98103
+1 206-548-2500
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Ranked #36 of 215 Attractions in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Zoos
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Nationally award-winning Woodland Park Zoo is a 92-acre zoological garden featuring more than 1,000 animals representing nearly 300 species from... more » Owner description: Nationally award-winning Woodland Park Zoo is a 92-acre zoological garden featuring more than 1,000 animals representing nearly 300 species from around the world. New exhibits include Zoomazium, an indoor, nature-themed play space for kids, and our award-winning Humboldt penguin exhibit, replicating the desert coasts of their native Peru. « less
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Stroller parking, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access
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Seattle, Washington
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

I've taken my family to Woodland Park Zoo a few times over the past 6 months and always have a great time. It's a beautiful zoo, very well laid-out and easy to see the entire zoo in 1 day. There's a lot of animals to visit, activities for the kids and a great place to explore on a sunny day.... More

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Spokane, Missouri
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

I haven't been there in about 15 years. Took my little one for the first time today and she was thoroughly entertained.

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Brigham City, Utah, United States
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58 reviews 58 reviews
17 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

We needed to get on the road and head home but we decided we could take a couple of hours and check out the zoo before we left, that turned into several hours as we so enjoyed our time there. The animals are in huge enclosures so unlike the pens they are in in our local zoo. We loved all... More

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Davenport, Iowa
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

One of my boys wanted to see a red panda on our trip so I have to admit that's the real reason behind our trip to this zoo. Overall it's a nice, clean zoo with some amazing close ups to certain animals. I did feel bad for the gorillas - they just seemed sad. The bears seemed happy they were... More

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Wauwatosa, WI
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

The Woodland Park Zoo has been featured on In Defense of Animals’ list of “Top 10 Worst Zoos for Elephants” seven times. They need to expand or retire the exhibit.

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Port Moody, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 via mobile

We take our boys here at least once a year. It's extremely well maintained and organized. The cost is very reasonable considering there's a 2-for-1 coupon in the entertainment book. We usually go first thing in the morning and have never felt like it's crowded. The tropical and African animals are our favourite, but the north end of the park... More

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Palo Alto, California
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9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

On a beautiful day, Seattle certainly has much to offer. The natural setting of the zoo provided plenty of shade and the woodsy paths between hedges and trees never made the place feel crowded. The zoo provides habitats for a wide range of animals and informative educational displays.

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Seattle
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We bought annual passes and used it no more than 5 times. The zoo is nice, but no great. I am particularly worried about the old age of some of the larger animals eg. the elephants and giraffe and gorillas. The big grizzlies also seemed a bit ruffled and their enclosure a bit dated. It is a nice zoo but... More

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Connell, United States
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

We have been twice now to the zoo and love it. We got to see baby animals and love watching the bears. Very easy to navigate and see lots of animals!!!

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

An impressive zoo - viewing platforms are built surprisingly close to the enclosures so I got to see a lot of the animals close up The grounds appear well maintained and admission price reasonable. Unfortunately only got to spend around one hour here which is definitely not enough time but if I do come back to Seattle then will have... More

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