Woodland Park Zoo is a wildlife conservation organization and zoological garden located in the Phinney Ridge neighborhood of Seattle, Washington, United States. It is the recipient of over 65 awards across multiple categories, and had served approximately 1.4 million domestic and international visitors in 2019.
Occupying the western half of Woodland Park, the zoo began as a small menagerie on the estate of Guy C. Phinney, a Canadian-born lumber mill owner and real estate developer. Six years after Phinney's death, on December 28, 1899, Phinney's wife sold the 188-acre (76 ha) Woodland Park to the city for $5,000 in cash and the assumption of a $95,000 mortgage. The sum was so large that then-mayor W. D. Wood vetoed the acquisition, only to be later overruled by the city council. In 1902, the Olmsted Brothers firm of Boston was hired to design the city's parks, including Woodland Park, and the next year the collection of the private Leschi Park menagerie was moved to Phinney Ridge.
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Lindsey Goheen | Feb 11, 2018
If you have a toddler definitely get the annual pass. You will get a lot of use out of it. We bring our 2 year old here every single week. It's the perfect size for seeing everything you want in 2-3 hours. My kiddo walks the whole way but when he was younger we had a little push car for him and that worked great. The staff is super helpful and friendly and we like learning the names of our favorite animals. The zoomazium is awesome but I avoid it during cold and flu season. There is a cool outside play area near the family farm and bug world
Jeffrey Anderson | Jan 4, 2018
I had a great time at the zoo. It's seriously a perfect value for a day out with the family. We went the week before Christmas, and there were very few people there, which made it perfect. Our kids had a blast and got to spend as much time as they wanted at each attraction. The whole place was surprisingly big. I come from San Diego, where the San Diego Zoo can take a couple days to really take in, so I didn't have great expectations for Woodland Park. However, it was pretty big! We spent a good... 6 hours there. Admission pricing was great - we'll probably get a yearly pass since you only have to go a couple times to make it worth it. My only minor complaint was the food. We got lunch - some fried chicken sandwiches, mac and cheese, and a cheeseburger. It was pretty expensive, and it was just okay. What can you do, though? Overall, great experience. Highly recommended. Fun time!
Tyler David | Feb 26, 2018
Amazing place. The baby gorilla was hilarious. Running and climbing around, pounding it's little chest. I watched the baby gorilla 45 minutes alone while all the other gorillas were zonked out sleeping. Everybody will love what this zoo has to show, especially the little kid inside you. 👍
Ashley Berry | Jan 23, 2018
Loved this zoo! Some exhibit renovations inhibited our experience and the food staff workers at food stands were less than pleasant, but we had an excellent time. Get there EARLY for parking. When we arrived at opening there were a ton of spaces but when we were leaving during mid afternoon people had been circling the lots trying to find something. One of our favorite things was seeing the up close giraffe encounter. You have to be there early in the AM to see it. They walk the giraffes from their pens to the wildlife enclosure and we were within feet of them. A truly great experience. Happens about 30 min after opening.
Ana Cuevaz | Feb 7, 2018
The lights in winter are wonderful, I loved them and my family too. They should advertised the Santa's workshop more clearly thought, because I didn't see it, so I forgot, and I wanted a picture for my baby. Anyways, is really nice to go see the lights, and the snow ball fight looked really fun for kids (indoor, and fake snow). Is way better if you buy your tickets online, and if you park on the far parking lot, they have a shuttle for free to take you to the entrance. Make sure to get earlier because there's a waiting line, and take a good coat cuz maybe you be waiting at list 30 min outside, plus the lights are outdoor (obviously). For the zoo part: I haven't been there during daytime.
Kili Hogins | Apr 2, 2018
We love coming here. The animals have lots of space (which means sometimes we don't get to see each one). The walkways are wide, paved, and shaded. There are a couple places to eat (good food too). The kids love the animals and the indoor Discovery center. As well as the old fashioned carousel.
Mathew McSheridan | Mar 22, 2018
I have always loved this zoo and this last time was amazing. My daughter loves animals! Really really loves them, her room is a veterinary clinic theme, she reads every book on animals she can, went to the zoo camp this last summer and loves going to the zoo any chance she gets. This last week at the zoo we ran into one of the zoologist who are the end of her shift not only took the time to talk to my daughter about the animals but explained how important school was. My daughter really doesn't like math so I asked how she uses math and her answer was more than I ever could of hoped for. Not only in depth but explained so my daughter could really understand it. She then gave us great tips on what to do in the future if my daughter continues her interest in animals for her career. Although I thanked her I do not believe she has any idea on the impact she made or the seed she helped plant for my daughter's future. Thank you Woodland Park Zoo and all of your amazing employees!
Erin Wilson | Mar 26, 2018
This zoo is definitely the best in the Pacific northwest. It has a great variety of animals and you can even feed the penguins! There are lots of places to picnic and you can bring in your own food which is great for families. It's very wheelchair/stroller/wagon friendly with wide, smooth paths to take you everywhere. The natural playground is awesome and the kids love it, great for tag and hide and seek. It's really reasonably priced too.
Ana Cuevaz | Apr 3, 2018
The lights in winter are wonderful, I loved them and my family too. They should advertised the Santa's workshop more clearly thought, because I didn't see it, so I forgot, and I wanted a picture for my baby. Anyways, is really nice to go see the lights, and the snow ball fight looked really fun for kids (indoor, and fake snow). Is way better if you buy your tickets online, and if you park on the far parking lot, they have a shuttle for free to take you to the entrance. Make sure to get earlier because there's a waiting line, and take a good coat cuz maybe you be waiting at least 30 min outside, plus the lights are outdoor (obviously). For the zoo part: I haven't been there during daytime.
Jae Kittey | Mar 6, 2018
By far one of the best zoo’s! It was raining on and off and we still saw all the animals! We came here on a week day. It wasn’t crowded so we practically had the whole zoo to ourselves. I believe it was $6 for parking which is ample and very close to any of their entrances. When you come in they let you donate to an animal habitat of your choice! Depending on the time of year you have the option to feed the birds in the sanctuary or fish to the penguins. We fed the penguins and got some additional knowledge while we were there. It’s about $5 a feed which only includes 3 fish so it’s a pretty quick experience but since no one else was there that day they spent more time with us. You can bring cash which is easier or you can go around the corner and pay by card. They have quite a few places to eat but our favorite was the “food court”. At first we were worried there wouldn’t be vegan options but guess what! They have them!! And let me tell you the vegan burger ROCKED! We ordered 3 for the family and a bunch of sides. Till this day the kids say that’s the best vegan burger they’ve had! Also, If you have kids on the smaller side they have an indoor play area across from the food court and it’s SO cute inside. A bunch of interactive stuff to do. All 3 children had a ton of fun and it keeps you out of the rain while still getting to visit the zoo. Now! Be prepared (if you’re visiting from out of town) because it wasn’t raining at first so bring an umbrella and rain boots (for the deep puddles throughout the park) anyway. We ended up renting umbrellas which became pricey and then because the park is so big we ended up renting a stroller too! Eeeek! The prices are high for this so bottom line, if you’re in Seattle and you’ve already seen the Gardens, the Cruise and the Pike definitely stop by the zoo. It’s totally worth it for adults and children. What an amazing day!
Stephanie Pace | May 2, 2018
We visited the zoo while on vacation in Seattle and were only able to spend a couple hours there before having to leave. It is a fairly big zoo and we had to rush through. I would have liked to spend a longer time there and I can certainly see people spending a good few hours here especially families. I think you would enjoy it even if you weren't with the family. They have a big variety of species in the zoo and they do a great job of the exhibits. I did not try any of the food so I am not sure about that. I would not mind going back to the zoo if I am ever back in Seattle.
Krystal Elliott | Apr 12, 2018
I am not a huge fan of zoos because many of them seem to care more about profits than animal welfare. I can say with complete honesty that I am pleased with this zoo. The animals seem to be well cared for. Their enclosures are sizable and safe, for both animal and viewer. We also enjoyed feeding the small birds. This park took us about 4 hours to get through. I would go to this park again.
Nathan Crenshaw | Apr 16, 2018
I'm not really into zoos. I've always felt like if I wanted to see an animal I would watch a nature documentary. I feel bad for all the Caged up animals. But the Woodland Park Zoo was pleasant surprise. Not only did my two-year-old love it as expected, i actually had a great time too. Most of the animals live in bigger habitats. So it's a little harder to see the animals, but the animals you see seem to be a lot happier about where they're at. The place is more than just a zoo. It's really great Park to wander around.
Sheena Elenbaas | Apr 17, 2018
The zoo is amazing. I love the bear exhibit. It's beautiful and it looks comfortable and homey for the animals. This zoo's habitats make me feel like they really care about the animals and their conservation mission. We always go to the carousel, and are disappointed in the cost increase. Also, parking just went up.
Joshua Sieck | Jun 2, 2018
A zoo done right. Right in Seattle. The good - conservation and education opportunities and every turn - something for every age - the comfort and safety of the animals comes first - an oasis close to downtown - holiday lights are spectacular - lots of green space. - you can bring in your own picnic - exhibits are well planned and well spaced. - excellent volunteer program. The bad - parking can be a challenge during peak times - plan the trip carefully. Your trip will be impacted by Seattle traffic - some enclosures show their age but there is constant positive intent to update and to modernize. -
Sean Williams | May 19, 2018
Parking can be a challenge. There are a number of lots and at times they are all full. And this is Seattle... street parking in a neighborhood? Forget it. But once inside it was great! Even on a crowded day there is plenty of room. There are new features. Lots of clean restrooms. Many benches to pause and rest while munching a bag lunch. Even a decent food court if you don't bring your own. Would have given it five stars, except the parking has been an issue for years and they refuse to do anything. Seattle just isn't a car friendly place, so they probably never will...
Kody Wilson | May 27, 2018
One of our favorite spots in Seattle! The kids love it. The exhibits are well designed and the zoo is laid out in such a way that it really hides the rest of the city making you feel like you are out there in nature. Now there are rhinos! Over the past few years a number of babies have been born including gorilla, giraffe, lion, and sloth bear all of which have been big hits with the kids. Often we get to hear zoo volunteers and/or staff give extra information about the animals and their habitats. Our kids are inspired to help protect nature and have a fun time while learning.
Nelly Meek | May 24, 2018
Beautiful park and zoo with plenty of plants and animals of all varieties to catch anyone's interest. Very family friendly with lots of kid friendly places to run around. Also very handicap and wheelchair friendly with wide paths - most of which are paved. They list what every path is like on their website so you can be informed before traversing. They also have special volunteers who are stationed around popular exhibits to answer any questions. :) They are truly awesome. I also definitely really appreciated their interactive map on their app. so we knew right where we were at all times.
Richie Simpson | Jul 6, 2018
Parking is $6 and they have lots by the entrances. Fairly easy to get to. No complaints there. Entrance was easy and didn't wait long to get in. The area is pretty big. But a lot of the animals weren't there to really see. That was a huge let down. My niece was really wanting to see zebras and giraffes as well as other animals. Even the farm animals section was a bit boring. Come to find out that some of the animals have a schedule or something on when you can see them. My biggest let down was the cashier guy at The Chowder House. Food is expensive and he had the nerve to look and respond to me sarcastically when I asked about a Veterans discount. At $7.50 for a cup sized "bowl" of chowder? And it wasn't even all that good. You know it's bad when canned chowder tastes better. Their burgers were decent. But breaks $14 bucks. I'd rather go to Red Robin for that. At least the park allows you to bring your own water bottles and they have refill stations for free around the place. It's no wonder why I can't remember the last time I've been here. Sad to say that...
Jered Perez | Jul 10, 2018
I love this place. The habitats have had a lot of effort put into them, the amenity areas make it appealing as an amusement park for the kiddos, and the animals are varied and an absolute delight. We just got a membership so that we can visit several more times this summer. I think of the animals here as ambassadors of their species to keep our generation aware of what conservationists are trying to protect and why we should support their efforts. The paths between exhibits are even a joy to walk with gorgeous greenery. I love this place.
Gordon Duzhou | Jul 12, 2018
It was an amazing experience at the Woodland Park Zoo. Every ticket bought supports wildlife conservation efforts around the world. There are free to attend shows that occur throughout the day so keep your eyes out for those, we managed to watch hawks perform on the day we went. The food there is decent but if fast food is not your thing then I would advice bringing some light snacks. At a moderate pace you can expect yourself to make a lap around most of the exhibits in around three to four hours. It is a great place to bring kids or even a date to if your significant other enjoys watching animals. While I am not an expert, it did look like the animals in the zoo were treated with ample respect and were given spacious habitats to live in. Highly recommended.
Jackie Giusti | Jun 23, 2018
Honestly a great place in the middle of Seattle. Pretty impressive and well done. Small and similar in ways to the Singapore Zoo, just slightly a few steps below with less access to the animals viewing sometimes and more glass. The butterfly exhibit is a must. Rose garden is awesome for any day, don't have to pay a ticket for it. Wish there was more delight along the paths, as the animals are pretty removed from the main trails - it helps give more seclusion and more nature feel to their habitats, but then means the walking in between is kinda just like a paved sidewalk trail.
John smith | Jul 7, 2018
Perfect place. Great value for money! 2 of us went, we found the exhibits informative, interactive, entertaining and for 2 people who have never seen a bear up close, breathtaking! We were amazed what you got to see for your money, we also had lunch and the prices were moderate. A drawback was we wanted to buy a bottle of water from a kiosk stand and it was $4 but soda was half the price? I would recommend this place to anyone and everyone who loves animals! Great value, great experience! We arrived at opening time and hardly any lines or people! Get in early and have free reign. 930am-12 and we saw everything, was getting busy as we were leaving.
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