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    WOODLAND PARK ZOO

    by Lady_Mystique Updated Dec 6, 2004

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    Being an avid ANIMAL LOVER I always try to get down to this absolutely magnificent zoo whenever I'm in Seattle.

    I highly recommend this as a 'MUST SEE' !!!

    THIS IS A GREAT PLACE TO TAKE THE ENTIRE FAMILY!!!

    HOURS:
    (Open 365 days a year including holidays)*

    March 15 to April 30: 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily
    May 1 to September 14: 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily
    September 15 to October 14: 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily
    October 15 to March 14: 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily

    *The North Gate off N. 59th St. & Phinney Ave. N. is closed during the fall/winter season.

    ADMISSION:
    (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, personal checks and cash accepted)

    Adult (13-64) $10.00
    Child (3-12) $7.00
    Toddler (0-2) FREE
    There is a $2.00 discount from regular admission prices for persons with disabilities and senior citizens (65 years+).

    PARKING:
    $3.50 for Cars, $10.00 RVs and Buses

    Eating Opportunities:

    1. 'Rain Forest Food Pavilion'~
    Inside the zoo's West Gate across from Jaguar Cove, the Pavilion offers indoor and outdoor seating, restrooms and an ATM.

    2. 'Outback Cafe'~
    Across from the Raptor Center with BBQ, hotdogs.

    3. 'Trail Side Treat'; 'Savanna Snacks' ; & 'Bear Necessities' ~
    Snack shacks are located along main zoo path.

    4. You may also bring your own food, but no barbeque equipment or stoves, and no alcoholic beverages are allowed.

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    Aquarium more than the Zoo

    by grandmaR Updated Jun 11, 2011

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    I went to the Aquarium in 1994 and I may have eaten a meal there. Using a point and shoot film camera I had a problem with the reflections and sometimes with dirty window glass.

    They have a carousel there, but the photos I took were no good because of the reflections.

    Hours
    9:30am to 5pm daily
    Last entry at 5pm, exhibits close at 6pm

    Aquarium Only
    Adult (ages 13 & over) $19.00
    Youth (ages 4-12) $12.00
    Child (ages 3 & under) Free

    Be here for the fun at feeding time! Naturalists will give short talks during feeding and/or training activities with the animals.

    Note: Times may vary by 15 minutes.
    Window on Washington Waters Diver Show 10:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m. 12:15 p.m.
    Marine Mammal Talk 11:30 a.m. 2.00 pm
    Octopus Talk 12:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.
    Underwater Dome Feeding 1:30 p.m.

    On my last afternoon I took a bus out to the zoo, but it was hot but I was really too tired to stay long

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    Woodland Park Zoo: Feels Larger than it is

    by glabah Updated May 7, 2010

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    West Entrance to the Zoo will soon be replaced
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    On the north side of Seattle there is a complex of fairly large parks made up of adjoining Green Lake Park and Woodland Park. Inside the boundaries of Woodland Park is Seattle's Woodland Park zoo.

    The Woodland Park Zoo is a good zoo, but it is also not the extensive facility that you would find at, for example, the San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park, where extensive habitat is available for some of the animals.

    However, operating within the confines of a city zoo environment, the Woodland Park Zoo is quite good at what it has.

    One of the features that I do like about it is the extensive plant life along the trails. This gives the zoo a much more wild feel, and by reducing the site distances allows the zoo to have a much larger feel for the visitors to the zoo (and we can hope it also holds true for the animals that call this place their permanent home).

    While there are a fairly wide selection of animals from Asia, Africa and South America, the North America and Pacific Northwest section has a fairly nice selection of animals that many visitors may never see in the wild. This selection includes bald eagles (both wild and zoo exhibit: the local Puget Sound population decided to build a nest in one of the trees in the elk exhibit), mountain goats, and a few other animals from the region right around Seattle.

    The zoo is, for the most part, organized by continent region, though there are some exhibits that group animals together by category (for example, a wide variety of birds are clumped together in the southwest corner).

    The indoor exhibits close earlier than the rest of the zoo, so if you are only visiting for an afternoon, visit those first.

    Prices: Visiting can get a little expensive: parking is currently $5 per vehicle, and adult entrance is currently $11 October through April, and $16.50 from May through September. Bus service very close, and goes right past the entrance on the west side of the zoo.

    Nearby attractions include the Woodland Park Rose Garden (on the west side of the parking lot at the south entrance to the zoo), a small war memorial and the rest of Woodland Park itself, which is actually a pretty nice park and thanks to several pedestrian bridges does not require crossing any busy roads between the zoo area and the city park area.

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    Woodland Park Zoo

    by Carmanah Written Feb 25, 2003

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    This zoo is amazing - not the cruel type of zoo where animals are left in sterile cages, but 92 acres of parkland divided up into several geographic zones - everything from exotic Asian rainforest, a Thai elephant forest, and African savanna and a rugged northern region. You'll find all kinds of animals - apes, tapirs, lions, giraffes, zebras, snakes, gorillas, elephants, frogs, birds, otters, mountain goats, wolves, bears and more!

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    Lions and Salmon and Bears - OH MY!

    by Johnscarroll Written Jan 17, 2005

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    As an elementary school teacher, I visit these two sites with regularity: The Seattle Aquarium and the Woodland Park Zoo.

    The Aquarium is located at the midpoint of Seattle's tourist oriented waterfront - on the west edge of downtown.

    The aquarium is small compared with the likes of Monteray and San Diego - but I like it none the less.

    There is a great underwater viewing dome, a fascinating trip through a Salmon's life cycle, and dozens of beautiful aquariums. Don't miss the octopi exhibits. Puget Sound is home to the largest Octopi in the world.

    Further to the north is the Woodland Park Zoo. Again, it is small but well done. I grew up in San Diego - so I know what a good zoo is like. This is a good zoo, just on a small scale. All the exhibits are in natural settings. The admission price is reasonable, and parking is usually easy. If you are traveling with kids, these are great places to see.

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    Woodland Park Zoo

    by klj&a Written Aug 13, 2006

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    The Woodland Park Zoo is a few miles north of downtown and very accessible by bus. This zoo has some very innovative and award winning exhibits.

    Northwewst Trek-Highlight is the brown bear exhibit in which the bears actually have a pond in which there is fish. The public can actually see below the surface of the pond and see the bears swimming. Other highlights-otters, bald eagles, wolves.

    Noctural Exhibit-Bats, Loris, hedgehogs.

    Tropical Forest Exhibit-Panther, frogs, tropical birds, pirhana.

    Trail of Vines-Huge exihibit for orangatans and gibbons.

    African Savanna-Elelphants, Lions, Hippos, Monkeys.

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    No Ordinary City Zoo!

    by marinarena Updated Sep 11, 2004

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    Bear at Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle

    I happened to stumble upon Woodland Park Zoo. It wasn't on the must-see list as I thought , "once you have seen one zoo, you've seen them all". This zoo, which is really vast, seemed to never end. Sometimes, it happens that the best plans are the no plans at all. It's a beautifully landscaped place, greatfor the animal lovers not opposed to the concept of the zoo and for kids especially.. It's too bad that I don't have personal photo from my trip but at least, one can see how it is on the website.

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    The Zoo!

    by slabeaume Written Aug 26, 2002

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    It's relatively small (by St. Louis Zoo standards), but is so uniquely landscaped that to go from one area to another, you go through tall dense folliage, never seeing what's coming up next. It's a very beautifully landscaped Zoo.

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  • CONCERTS at ZOO TUNES!!!

    by sparrowwanted Written Aug 9, 2006
    Performance stage

    Each summer fantastic performers visit the Zoo and give concerts. Each dedicates their performance to one of the zoos animals. Washington Mutual sponsors the event so all ticket proceeds benefit the zoo. This year the only remaining concerts are Los Lobos and Etta James. Tickets sell out very early in the year so you need to plan ahead or go to EBay or Craigs List for Tickets. Each ticket admits one adult and one child under the age of twelve! It is held in the North Meadow so bring a blanket, picnic, and chairs (under 24" tall) for a fantastic evening. It is an intimate venue and no flashy light shows and such.
    Food booths and a beer and wine garden are located at the beack edge of the Meadow. If you get there early run to the radio station booth as they often have FREE cds but they go fast. . Everyone is very mellow and it is a great social event. GO early and visit the zoo then get in line for the concert inside so you can get the closest spot to the stage (or the food, or the wine area). Gates open at 5pm and concerts often run until the zoo boots everyone out so the animals can sleep. This is one of Seattles best kept secrets! (Don't tell anyone else!) Etta James doesn't even list this concert on her website!

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    Woodland Park Zoo

    by klj&a Written Aug 13, 2006
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    The Woodland Park Zoo is a few miles north of downtown and very accessible by bus. This zoo has some very innovative and award winning exhibits.

    Northwewst Trek-Highlight is the brown bear exhibit in which the bears actually have a pond in which there is fish. The public can actually see below the surface of the pond and see the bears swimming. Other highlights-otters, bald eagles, wolves.

    Noctural Exhibit-Bats, Loris, hedgehogs.

    Tropical Forest Exhibit-Panther, frogs, tropical birds, pirhana.

    Trail of Vines-Huge exihibit for orangatans and gibbons.

    African Savanna-Elelphants, Lions, Hippos, Monkeys.

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    Seattle Zoo, gorillas, komodo dragons and spiders

    by katpanou Updated Oct 2, 2004
    gorilla taking a nap

    I actually went to the Seattle Zoo to see the bears of the Pacific Northwest that I had escaped from while in the Sierra Nevada.
    I saw the bears, of course, and so much more.

    The originality of the awarded Seattle Zoo is that it is organised as different ecosystems rather than one type of animal after the other.
    The result is a very natural zoo, where you get the comforting feeling that animals live free and well-cared for.

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    local wildlife

    by raevnzno Written May 4, 2003
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    Woodland Park Zoo. I love this place, I'd rate it in the top 5 in the country. They've done excellent work in getting the animals out of the old concrete and iron bar cages and have them in habitats that more reflect the wilds. I've never been disappointed by the animal behavour here. No pacing, but lots of more natural bahavours. The bears always seem to be enjoying their pool when I visit. And Hansa, the baby elephant is a must see. Did you know that it takes baby elephants up to 2 years to learn complete control of all the muscles in their trunk? very funny stuff.

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