Outdoor Seattle

Woodland Park Zoo is a world class zoo…there are ways to get discounted tickets

Woodland Park ZooAnimals – Exhibits

Woodland Park Zoo is home to more than 1,100 animals representing 300 species different species-from tiny insects to the largest land mammal on the planet, the African elephant.  If you click listing you will find details of the animals exhibited at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo. You can also click.  You can also click animal fact sheets on the birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, invertebrates, and plants.    It should be noted that animals may go on or off exhibit without notice. It is also true that new animals may not yet be listed.

There are also 90-minute guided tours (click guided tours for details on what you will see as well as the costs). These begin at the zoo’s South Plaza, from there you’ll visit the award-winning African Savanna and Village, get up close and personal with some of the Savanna’s feathered residents, get a behind-the-scenes look at the heart of the zoo’s operations area, including the greenhouses—home to more than 900 orchids and other New and Old World tropical plants used in a variety of zoo exhibits—and commissary, where all of the food for more than 1,000 animal residents is stored and prepped.  Then, it’s off to visit the newest residents of Woodland Park Zoo, the three Visayan warty pigs. You will get an up-close look at this endangered species from a special viewing area. At the conclusion of the tour, you’ll be free to explore the rest of the zoo on your own.

Woodland Park Zoo Daily Activities-Summer 2012

Feed an elephant, chat with a zookeeper, and watch raptors soar—click daily activities to take advantage of all the Woodland Park Zoo activities every day.

Special Park Events – ZOOTUNES

Click ZOOTUNES for a complete calendar of events and performing artists.

Admission Costs and How to Reduce Them

  • Group rates
  • Military rates
  • Take advantage of a transit discount (take the bus to the zoo and save)
  •  Microsoft Prime Card
  •  Community Access Program
  • Woodland Park Zoo partners with 400 human service organizations providing 40,000 complimentary passes each year.  Click Community Access Program for more detailed information.
  • School-to-Zoo Program
  • Mayor’s Gold Card or Flash Cards (Admission fee is 75% off regular admission price.  Click  Mayor’s Gold Card Program for more details)
  • Rainy Day discounts (This can be a 50% discount) Click discount to download the required coupon and map.  Rainy days are great days to visit the zoo. There is a lot to see and do, including several heated buildings populated with amazing animals, fun educational programs for kids, and much more. The Tropical Rain Forest building, dome and aviary, the Day Exhibit, and Zoomazium are just a few rainy day destinations.
  • Seattle CityPASS (save 45% off Seattle’ six best attractions.  Click Seattle CityPASS for complete details on how this program works


Click MapQuest for a map and a tool to get directions to the park.  If you are coming by car you can use the directions below.

From the South / Downtown Take I-5 north to N.E. 50th Street (Exit #169). Go west 1.3 miles to the South Entrance at N. 50th Street and Fremont Avenue N.

From the North take I-5 south to NE 50th Street (Exit #169). Go west 1.3 miles to the South Gate at N. 50th Street and Fremont Avenue North or the West Entrance off Phinney Avenue between N. 55th and N. 56th.


The fee is $5.25 per day for cars.  The zoo has five parking lots:

  • South Entrance at the intersection of N. 50th St. and Fremont Ave. N.
  • West Entrance (“Water Tower lot”) at the intersection of N. 50th St. and Phinney Ave. N.
  • West Entrance Lot at Phinney Ave. N. and N. 55th St.
  • Inner north lot located at N. 57th. Enter through the West Entrance parking lot on Phinney Ave. N. and continue along the road to connect into the inner north lot.
  • North lot at N. 59th St. and Evanston Ave. The West Entrance is accessible from a pathway from the north parking lot.
  • Additional parking is located in Lower Woodland Park at N. 50th and Aurora Ave. N. about .1 mile from the South Entrance.

Bike to the Zoo. 

There is covered, secure bicycle parking is available at the zoo’s West Entrance.  Bike racks are provided at each zoo entrance and Phinney Ave. N. has bike lanes for your safety. Visit the City of Seattle’s site for local bike routes.

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