Located on an approximately 90-acre plot of green about 10 minutes north of the city, the multi-purpose park and recreation space is home to the popular zoo as well as picnic spaces, a formal rose garden, sports fields, a wooded off-leash dog zone and a play area for kids.
Much to the delight of music-lovers, BECU ZooTunes (presented by Carter Subaru) returns this summer for another season of rockin' outdoor concerts, a Seattle tradition for more than 30 years.
Nothing beats an al fresco concert like ZooTunes on a stunning summer evening — Photo courtesy of Woodland Park Zoo
On Woodland Park Zoo's picturesque North Meadow, attendees tote along picnic baskets and spread out blankets on which to enjoy performances from top talents. Genres range from rock and blues to folk and soul.
This year's line-up includes Indigo Girls (July 12); Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers (July 22); and Kenny Loggins (Aug. 19). Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, the 2014 GRAMMY Award winners for Best Americana Album, take over the stage July 29.
As a 13-time GRAMMY Award winner, Harris has gained much admiration for her eloquently straightforward songwriting as well as her "incomparably expressive singing."
Her career has included many roles, including those of solo artist, bandleader, an interpreter of others' works, a singer-songwriter, a backing vocalist and a duet partner.
She's worked with an impressive list of talents: Bob Dylan, John Denver, Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton, Roy Orbison, Willie Nelson, Rodney Crowell, Neil Young, Steve Earle and Ryan Adams.
Ziggy Marley returns this summer, much to the delight of loyal fans — Photo courtesy of Malia James / Woodland Park Zoo
The son of reggae legend Bob Marley enlivens the zoo grounds the evening of Aug. 9. Following in the footsteps of his father, Ziggy Marley has made a name for himself as one of the genre's leading artists; he began his solo career in 2006 and has been delighting loyal fans ever since.
Tickets to ZooTunes can be purchased online at Woodland Park Zoo's website or at the zoo gates (during regular operating hours).
In thoughtfully-designed habitats, Woodland Park Zoo exhibits nearly 1,100 animals that represent almost 300 different animal species – from tiny insects to elephants, the largest land mammal on Earth.
Recent zoo additions include the Banyan Wilds exhibit, which features Malayan tigers, sloth bears and Asian small-clawed otters. Be sure to see them on your visit.
Patrons can feel good about their visits, too, since a portion of every dollar spent here supports animal conservation projects in the Northwest and beyond.
Bring on summer!