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Animal Adventures and Zoos

Woodland Park Zoological Gardens

Located on 32 beautifully landscaped acres near Green Lake, the Woodland Park Zoo is second only to New York’s Bronx Zoo in the number of awards it has earned for its environment-focused exhibits. When you visit, you will be amazed and intrigued by the animals and their homes. The zoo has 8 areas (the Northern Trail, the Tropical Rain Forest, Tropical Asia, the African Savanna, the Day & Night Exhibits, the Adaptations building, the Temperate Forest and the Australian) and especially enjoyable for children is the Zoomazium—a children’s indoor play area- and the Willawong Station where you can hand feed the parrots, cockatiels and other Australian birds.

Some of the magnificent animals seen here are the grizzly bears, the bald eagles, jaguars, gorillas, colobus monkeys, Asian elephants, African wild dogs, vampire bats, Komodo dragons and a myriad of animals from all over the world.

5500 Phinney Ave N.
Hours- 9:30 – 6:00 May 1st to Sept. 30 and 9:30—4:00 Oct. 1st to April 1st

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Touted as one of America’s best small zoos and aquariums, this 29 acre animal habitat has much to explore. The Point has a wide variety of animals to discover. You can see tigers, apes and Malaysian tapirs in the Asian Forest, beluga whales and walruses in Rocky Shores, musk ox in the Arctic Tundra, lemon sharks and sea horses in the South Pacific Aquarium, jellyfish, eels and starfish in the Northern Pacific Aquarium and many other rare and exotic animals in habitats throughout Point Defiance. Also of interest is the Kid’s Zone where children can play on the animal themed play equipment, pet goats in the Contact Junction, dance on the lily pad fountain or ride on the antique carousel.

5400 North Pearl Street
5400 North Pearl Street
Hours- 9:30-6pm Memorial Day – Labor Day
9:30-5pm April, May, & September
9:30-4 pm January -March & October – December
Closed Christmas & Thanksgiving

Seattle Aquarium

Since its opening in 1977, the aquarium has educated and entertained 1,000’s of guest. The aquarium is home to a variety of fish, birds, marine animals, and other sea creatures, including a 50 pound octopus named Dudley. A favorite attraction is the underwater dome where you can be immersed in a clear bubble at the bottom of a 400,000 gallon tank. Next door is an IMAX theatre.

1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59
Open Daily


Photo Credits: Tiger by Marc Smith; Otter by Khamis Hammoudeh; Seattle Aquarium Picture by Jessep242