Woodland Park Zoo

★★★★☆
  • 5500 Phinney Ave N

    Seattle, WA 98103

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  • 206-684-4800

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I've been visiting the Woodland Park Zoo since I was small enough to be pulled around in a Red Flyer Wagon, and I still go to this day.

The baby penguin is here, and the snow leopard cubs are growing fast. The Flamingo Exhibit is on and I

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I've been visiting the Woodland Park Zoo since I was small enough to be pulled around in a Red Flyer Wagon, and I still go to this day.

The baby penguin is here, and the snow leopard cubs are growing fast. The Flamingo Exhibit is on and I

Pros: Great exhibits and educational/fun activities for kids

Cons: The Nocturnal House is gone/closed permanently!

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I've been going to WPZ for over 3 decades, this year I actually bought a membership! The zoo had to close the Nocturnal House, but they did it cautiously and thoughtfully. Staff

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I've been going to WPZ for over 3 decades, this year I actually bought a membership! The zoo had to close the Nocturnal House, but they did it cautiously and thoughtfully. Staff

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It's not about "habitat"-- the landscaping is OUT OF CONTROL. You take your toddler, and tell her she's going to see lions, tigers, and bears! You have to hoist her onto your shoulders at every exhibit, and all she's going to see is shrubs, dead trees and bamboo... and she has to walk a long, long, way from one disappointment to the next. If you like to pat yourself on the back for being politically correct, have fun missing the animals. If you have small children, just skip it and go to the Seattle Aquarium instead.

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It's not about "habitat"-- the landscaping is OUT OF CONTROL. You take your toddler, and tell her she's going to see lions, tigers, and bears! You have to hoist her onto your shoulders at every exhibit, and all she's going to see is shrubs, dead trees and bamboo... and she has to walk a long, long, way from one disappointment to the next. If you like to pat yourself on the back for being politically correct, have fun missing the animals. If you have small children, just skip it and go to the Seattle Aquarium instead.

Pros: clean

Cons: kids can't see anything

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i live in the greenlake neighborhood and always loved going to the zoo! even as an adult i still like walking through the zoo on a nice day. they have done a lot of remodeling to make the living environments better for the animals and more enjoyable for the visitors.

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★★★★★

i live in the greenlake neighborhood and always loved going to the zoo! even as an adult i still like walking through the zoo on a nice day. they have done a lot of remodeling to make the living environments better for the animals and more enjoyable for the visitors.

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This zoo has come a long way! They have an interesting variety of animals that seem well cared for. Try to catch the presentation on the hawks, eagles, etc. Very interesting. The nocturnal house is fun, just remember to shhhhhhhhhhhh! It's fun to go in the winter when it's not crowded and you can still see the animals. Don't forget some of the outerlying areas - great animals there too!

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★★★★☆

This zoo has come a long way! They have an interesting variety of animals that seem well cared for. Try to catch the presentation on the hawks, eagles, etc. Very interesting. The nocturnal house is fun, just remember to shhhhhhhhhhhh! It's fun to go in the winter when it's not crowded and you can still see the animals. Don't forget some of the outerlying areas - great animals there too!

Pros: Buy a membership if you want to go a few times a year!

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The woodland park zoo is a pretty good zoo. The exihbits are nice...I agree that the new design makes it a little harder to see animals, but I can't blame them...I guess its good that the animals can escaped when they don't want to be bothered. There is still a lot to see even with the new design. They have a pretty good Halloween program for kids. The only downside is that it is more expensive than it used to be.

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The woodland park zoo is a pretty good zoo. The exihbits are nice...I agree that the new design makes it a little harder to see animals, but I can't blame them...I guess its good that the animals can escaped when they don't want to be bothered. There is still a lot to see even with the new design. They have a pretty good Halloween program for kids. The only downside is that it is more expensive than it used to be.

Pros: Good exhibits, nice zoo

Cons: getting more expensive

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After the zoos new renovation it is better than ever. All the animals have their new exhibits which they look more comfortable in, and the atmosphere is just more relaxed. You might not be able to see all the animals because the new exhibits are supposed to let them hide if they feel pressured by the public, but any animal lover would agree that's better than a steel cage. It's a great way to spend a day especially if you can get there early on a weekday to avoid the crowds. Highly recommended for a lazy day.

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After the zoos new renovation it is better than ever. All the animals have their new exhibits which they look more comfortable in, and the atmosphere is just more relaxed. You might not be able to see all the animals because the new exhibits are supposed to let them hide if they feel pressured by the public, but any animal lover would agree that's better than a steel cage. It's a great way to spend a day especially if you can get there early on a weekday to avoid the crowds. Highly recommended for a lazy day.

Pros: a relaxing walk with things you wouldn't see on one around the city

Cons: price

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This is a very well maintained and great zoo. You have a great variety of animals here . The orangutan is one of the best kept here . It has many special things like horse riding etc here . So you can simply enjoy a short trip here .

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This is a very well maintained and great zoo. You have a great variety of animals here . The orangutan is one of the best kept here . It has many special things like horse riding etc here . So you can simply enjoy a short trip here .

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My kids love the Woodland Park Zoo where they get to see a lot of animals. They have an award-winning orangutan habitat with a boardwalk that makes you feel like youre at treetop level. They also have pony rides on the weekends next to the North Meadow for $2 a ride. My kids also love the playground where they can climb a giant spiderweb.

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My kids love the Woodland Park Zoo where they get to see a lot of animals. They have an award-winning orangutan habitat with a boardwalk that makes you feel like youre at treetop level. They also have pony rides on the weekends next to the North Meadow for $2 a ride. My kids also love the playground where they can climb a giant spiderweb.

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The Woodland Park Zoo has received awards
for their excellence. It is known for its gorilla
compound and also the rain forest building.
I think its one of the finest zoos I have ever
visited.

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The Woodland Park Zoo has received awards
for their excellence. It is known for its gorilla
compound and also the rain forest building.
I think its one of the finest zoos I have ever
visited.

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As the Zoo prices have skyrocketed, I feel what the zoo visitor gets is less and less. The last two times I took my granddaughter, we hardly were able to see any animals, there was construction going on all over (we were not told of this or that the map we were given was worthless). You have to hunt to find exhibits for one animal, only to find they're not currently there. In the last three visits, I have been unable to find any of the highly touted animals other than a gorilla, elephants, and a few zebras and gazelle off in the distance.
I believe that the Woodland Park Zoo is suffering from the same malady as many other "modern" zoos that are geared more toward expensive breeding programs and garnering awards for landscaping--for which they have to raise prices and sell overpriced merchandise and food.

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As the Zoo prices have skyrocketed, I feel what the zoo visitor gets is less and less. The last two times I took my granddaughter, we hardly were able to see any animals, there was construction going on all over (we were not told of this or that the map we were given was worthless). You have to hunt to find exhibits for one animal, only to find they're not currently there. In the last three visits, I have been unable to find any of the highly touted animals other than a gorilla, elephants, and a few zebras and gazelle off in the distance.
I believe that the Woodland Park Zoo is suffering from the same malady as many other "modern" zoos that are geared more toward expensive breeding programs and garnering awards for landscaping--for which they have to raise prices and sell overpriced merchandise and food.

Pros: Gorillas, Elephants

Cons: , Hard to find exhibits, On-going onstruction

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On summer nights, the Woodland Park Zoo's North Meadow is a patchwork of blankets sprinkled with families toting picnic baskets. They come out for the Zoo's long-running summer concert series, which has attracted theā€¦

 

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