Zoos in Seattle

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Zoos in Seattle | Seattle Zoo

The Zoos in Seattle are well acclaimed and houses a variety of wildlife species and are vocal towards the need for conservation of wildlife species and their importance in maintaining the balance of (Read More)the natural world. They are a must-visit for those who love interacting with animals and are interested in learning more about their habitat.

Here is the list of 7 Zoos in Seattle

1. Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle

Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle
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Woodland Park Zoo spanning 92 acres in size, is a National Award-winning wildlife conservation establishment and zoological garden. Across multiple categories, it has received over 65 awards, and in 2019 it recorded a whopping 1.4 million international and domestic visitors. It features over 1,000 animals of nearly 300 species from all over the world. Located in the Phinney Ridge neighborhood of Seattle, Washington, the zoo began as a small menagerie on the estate of Guy C. Phinney, a Canadian-born lumber mill owner, and real estate developer.

Timings : Sunday to Saturday - 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Monday - 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Entry Fee : May - September:
Adult: USD 19.95,
Child (3 - 12 years): USD 12.25,
October - April:
Adult: USD 13.75,
Child (3 - 12 years): USD 9.25
Ages 0 to 2 - Free

Address : 5500 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

Major Exhibits : African Savanna, Northern Trail, Trail of Vines, Banyan Wilds, Tropical rain forest, Red Panda Exhibit, Maned Wolf Exhibit, Raptor Center, White-naped Crane.

Public Transit : North or Southbound Metro Bus #5 to Phinney Ave. N. and N.55th St, enter by the West Entrance.

2. Cougar Mountain Zoo, Seattle

Cougar Mountain Zoo, Seattle

Cougar Mountain Zoo was founded in 1972 by Peter and Marcie Rittler. It is an 11-acre zoological park dedicated to endangered species of wildlife from different parts of the world such as the Bengal Tigers and Lemurs from Madagascar. It features a variety of exhibits and wildlife tracks. Other facilities would include the Magnani Nature Gallery and The Library. It also organizes workshops and photo tours to inculcate awareness within the public about the endangered species.

Address : 19525 SE 54th St, Issaquah, WA 98027

Distance from Seattle : 15 miles

Open Hours : Wednesday to Saturday - 9:30 Am to 5:00 PM

Suggested Duration : 2 to 3 hours

Admission Rates : General ( Ages 13+) - USD 14.50
Senior ( 62+) - USD 13.50
Kids ( 2 -12) - USD 11.50

Animals : Cougars, Bengal Tiger, Gray Wolf, Siberian Reindeer, Ring-Tailed Lemur, Black & White Ruffed Lemur, Alpaca, Swamp Wallaby, East African Crowned Crane, Sarus Crane,

Wheelchair : Accessible

Parking : Available

3. Zoomazium, Seattle

Zoomazium, Seattle

Zoomazium is an 8,500 square feet Kid friendly space located within the Woodland Zoo Park. The area comprises an indoor- all-weather facility divided into several play, activities, and exploration spaces. It also features interactive nature-themed spaces with multimedia facilities to induce imaginative play and inculcate an interest and awareness in young children of the importance of nature and wildlife.

Address : 601 N 59th St, Seattle, WA 98103

Open Hours : Sunday to Saturday - 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Suggested Duration : 40 mins to 1 hour

Ticket Price : Adult ( Ages 13+) - USD 5
Child ( 3 -12) - USD 5
Toddlers- Free, but a ticket is still required.

4. Northern Trail, Seattle

Northern Trail, Seattle

Northern Trail is an exhibit of the Woodland Park Zoo. It mimics the habitat of Alaska’s tundra and taiga region and features animals of this habitat such as the river otters, brown bears, mountain goats, and so on. Visitors at Northern Trail can explore the rugged terrain of the tundra region or enjoy an indoor viewing of river otters at the Tagia viewing center.

Address : 5500 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

Open Hours : Sunday to Saturday - 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM

Animals : Brown Bear, Elk, Gray Wolf, Great Grey Owl, Porcupine, Mountain Goat, Snowy Owl, Steller’s Sea Eagle.

5. Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Seattle

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Seattle

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium houses over 9,000 specimens of 367 animal species. It is an integrated zoo, aquarium, and botanical garden housing several exhibits reflecting the theme of ecosystems from the Pacific rim. The Aquarium was added to the zoo ( founded in 1905) in 1935. The two aquariums - North Pacific Aquarium and the South Pacific Aquarium features species from different parts of the pacific ocean such as the rockfish, giant pacific octopus to blacktip reef sharks, nurse sharks, and green sea turtle.

Address : 5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407

Distance from Seattle : 39.6 miles

Open Hours : Sunday to Friday - 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Tuesday & Wednesday - 5:00 Pm to 6:00 PM

Suggested Duration : 2 to 3 hours

Admission Rates : Adult ( Ages 13+) - USD 18
Child ( 3 -12) - USD 14
Infant ( 2 and under) - Free
Members - Free

Aquariums : South Pacific Aquarium, North Pacific Aquarium.

Parking : Free

Public Transit : Bus routes 10 and 11.

Exhibits : Asian Forest Sanctuary, Small Animals Exhibit, Rocky Shores, Arctic Tundra, and more

6. Tropical Asia Trails of Vines, Seattle

Tropical Asia Trails of Vines, Seattle

Tropical Asia: Trails of Vine is an Exhibit of the Woodland Park Zoo. It recreates Asia’s Bioclimatic zones - the dense tropical forests with emphasis on the vines and their function as the aerial pathways. It houses endangered species such as the Tapirs, Langurs, and Siamangs.

Address : 5500 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

Open Hours : Sunday to Saturday - 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM

Animals : Visayan Warty Pigs, Tapirs, Franncois’ Langurs, Siamangs, Indian Python, Orangutan.

7. Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, Seattle

Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, Seattle

Northwest Trek Wildlife Park located approximately an hour away from Seattle offers visitors the opportunity to experience premium tours and encounter native Northwest Animals. The park spanning up to 723 acres in size has been accredited by the AZA ( Association of Zoos and Aquariums). The main attraction of the place is the tram tours, walking tours and nature trails.

Address : 11610 Trek Dr. E, Eatonville, WA 98328

Distance from Seattle : 55.3 miles

Open Hours : Friday to Sunday - 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM

Suggested Duration : 3 to 4 hours

Admission Rates : Adult ( 13+) - USD 22 to 25
Youth ( 5 -12) - USD 14 to 17
Senior ( 65+) - USD 20 to 23
Infant ( 0-2) and Members - Free

Exhibits : Wetland Animals, Bears, Canines, Forest Animals, Insects & Reptiles, Birds, and so on.

Wheelchair : Accessible

Parking : Available

If there is anything we missed out on, do mention it in the comments below.

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