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“Beautiful, thoughtful spaces”
Review of Woodland Park Zoo

Woodland Park Zoo
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$79.00*
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Seattle CityPASS
Ranked #24 of 439 things to do in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Nationally award-winning Woodland Park Zoo is a 92-acre zoological garden dedicated to the conservation of wildlife. Featuring more than 1,000 animals representing nearly 300 species from around the world, a visit to Woodland Park Zoo will make your day and a difference.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Stroller parking, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Beautiful, thoughtful spaces”
Reviewed October 27, 2013

I really enjoyed visiting this zoo. The animals are grouped by "bio climatic zones" which is a fancy way of saying regionally appropriate. The layout is very intuitive, however, and one region blends very well into the next, making a walk through feel seamless and peaceful. The enclosures are generous and beautifully designed, while the spaces outside of the exhibits often feel like a scenic overlook where you just happened to spy a giraffe ambling by. Give yourself time to absorb this enormous park and try to go at an off time when you won't be overwhelmed by crowds.

Mid morning is probably the best time. I was there in the late afternoon and most of the he animals had punched out for the evening by that time.

Visited July 2013
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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Cute little zoo”
Reviewed October 25, 2013

Our family of four had a pleasant morning visiting the Woodland Park Zoo. We used our CityPasses to visit this attraction. We are a bit spoiled because we live right by the San Diego Zoo and visit it frequently...so while this zoo is not quite as large as our zoo, the kids still had a lot of fun here. We visited in late October so it was rather chilly and most of the animals were curled up and sleeping when we visited. Since the CityPass includes admission to the zoo or the museum of flight, I would recommend visiting the museum of flight over the zoo if you don't have the time or resources to do both.

Visited October 2013
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Springfield, MA
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53 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Wonderful Zoo in the City”
Reviewed October 23, 2013

This was a great zoo for us. We took our 4 year old and our 6 month old. We arrived expecting to spend a couple of hours and then head out to check out some other attractions, but ended up staying for 5 hours!! The layout is great and the animal habitats are wonderful. We all had an absolute blast and would come back to visit again in the future!

Visited October 2013
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jennifer_larsen, Tourism Marketing at Woodland Park Zoo, responded to this review, October 25, 2013
Thank you for posting your review! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit!
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“A great zoo experience”
Reviewed October 21, 2013

While it's not large like the San Diego Zoo, we found it a very enjoyable experience. Lovely landscape and paths to roam around and even without the animals it would have been an enjoyable stroll. That being said, the majority of the animals looked content and there were alot of areas with glassed observation areas where you could get quite close to them--not always the best for photography as you got reflections in the glass. All in all quite worth the time.

Visited September 2013
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Gallipolis, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Nice Zoo!”
Reviewed October 20, 2013

I must say I am spoiled to live near the Columbus Zoo and the Cincinnati Zoo, but this is a very nice zoo as well. It is a full-sense experience because you are walking around surrounded by trees, however, it does not make a loop.
We had a special treat because of so many babies! They must be doing an outstanding job at this facility in order to encourage reproduction at this level. Good job, Seattle!!

Visited October 2013
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jennifer_larsen, Tourism Marketing at Woodland Park Zoo, responded to this review, October 25, 2013
Thank you for posting your review of Woodland Park Zoo; we're so glad you had a great visit!
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