Woodland Park Zoo’s winter programs

  • Written by Valley View Staff

SEATTLE–Woodland Park Zoo’s winter hours through April 30 are 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. daily.

Admission through April 30: Adult (13-64) $11.75; child (3-12) $8.50; toddler (0-2) free. Active and retired U.S. military and their families, seniors and people with physical disabilities receive an admission discount. Zoo members receive free zoo admission year round.

Discover the zoo’s “hot” and “cold” spots

Woodland Park Zoo is a beautiful kaleidoscope as summer changes to fall, and fall to winter. A number of indoor exhibits and covered areas provide an escape from the cold and wet weather. Seek warmth in a tropical rain forest and encounter plants and animals such as ocelots, snakes and birds.

Get a slice of desert life in the heated Day Exhibit featuring a gallery of smaller-scale exhibits with amphibians and reptiles that have adapted to life in deserts or tropical forests. Covered areas let you go nose to nose with grizzlies and river otters.

Enter the world of arthropods in the indoor Bug World. Crawl, climb and slide in Zoomazium, an indoor, nature play space for kids 8 and under. For a complete map of indoor exhibits and covered areas, ask for a Rainy Day Tour map at the gates or visit

And, don’t forget to seek dry, warm shelter and sustenance in the Rain Forest Food Pavilion and visit the ZooStores for a global shopping expedition.

New penguin feeding experience

Here’s your chance to feed our tuxedo-clad birds! For $5, feed the zoo’s Humboldt penguins a handful of tasty fish and experience these endangered birds hand to beak. Feedings are offered through April 1, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. daily at an enclosed area of the penguin exhibit.

Go behind the scenes with Real Close tours

See what goes on behind the scenes at Woodland Park Zoo with a new, 90-minute guided tour. Start your tour at the zoo’s award-winning Humboldt penguin exhibit then travel to the rain forests of South America and Africa with a tour through the zoo’s award-winning Tropical Rain Forest exhibit featuring red ruffed lemurs, jaguars, ocelots, poison dart frogs, golden lion tamarins and more. With your guide, take a peek behind the scenes at the prep kitchen where daily meals for a variety of rain forest residents are prepared.

Real Close tours are offered Fridays through Sundays, 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m., through April 29. Non-member price: $31.75 adults, $18.50 children. Member price $20 adults, $10 children. For safety reasons, no children under 5 are permitted. Purchase tickets at For more information, call (206) 545-2022.

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