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