Best Attractions & Activities: Encompassing some 65 wild acres in the midst of urban Seattle, this world-class zoo houses more than 1,000 animals from 290 species and draws over a million visitors annually. Lush, forest-like habitats replicate the wild, so exhibits closely resemble natural habitats. The Bug World exhinit is a favorite for children, with live creepy crawly specimens that include walking sticks, beetles, and ants. Other popular exhibits include the elephant forest, African savanna, snow leopards, and jaguars. In rain-prone Seattle, the zoo's multiple indoor exhibits and viewing areas keep the zoo experience from being deluged. are also available should the weather be uncooperative. Picnics are popular with the zoo crowd, but cafes and food kiosks cater to visitors, as well.
Things to Do with Kids, Parks: Woodland Park, known for its exceptional zoo, has a lot of other things going for it. Located on approximately 90 acres, the multipurpose park and recreation space is just southwest of Green Lake and north of the Fremont district. Separated into two parts by Aurora Avenue, the part on the west of Aurora is largely occupied by the Woodland Park Zoo, but it also has picnic space, a formal rose garden, open space, and a play area for children. East of Aurora is an ideal spot for picnicking, and areas can be reserved. This area features barbecues, woods, grassy hills, and trails. Woodland Park also offers walking paths, several playfields, tennis courts, lawn bowling, horseshoe pits, a skatepark, and a large, wooded off-leash dog area.
Parks & Attractions: Woodland Park Zoo, spread across 65 acres, houses more than 1000 animals from 290 species and draws over a million visitors annually. Exhibits mimic natural habitats, creating a lush, forest-like setting. Popular exhibits include Bug World (walkingsticks, beetles, and ants, oh my!), elephant forest, African savanna, snow leopards, and jaguars. Many indoor exhibits and viewing shelters are also available should the weather be uncooperative. Plenty of cafes and food kiosks can be found too, or you may bring a picnic lunch to enjoy.
Local Expert Corinne Whiting Says:
Best Attractions & Activities: "During summer months, Zoo Tunes brings an incredible lineup of musicians to an alfresco concert series that is certainly worth a visit (or several!)."
Things to Do with Kids: "If you've never tried it, lawn bowling offers a unique new experience, and Woodland Park is home to a beautifully manicured set of lawn bowling greens at which to check out the relaxing and fun sport."
Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: The Woodland Park Zoo brings more than 1,000 animals to a 65-acre space in urban Seattle.
Best for Things to Do with Kids Because: Woodland Park Zoo shows off cute, furry creatures and their larger cousins in lovely a setting that replicates natural habitats.
Local Expert John Ferri Says:
Parks: "If you've never tried it, lawn bowling offers a unique new experience, and Woodland Park is home to a beautifully manicured set of lawn bowling greens at which to check out the relaxing and fun sport."