Monday, July 16, 2012

Weekend Getaway Treat: Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, Washington

We went to the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle-Washington this past
weekend and I thought it was a great weekend destination. Kids loved
it because the little guy kept screaming at the top of his voice each
time we went to see a new species; and my wife and I had a good
workout because we went over the zoo grounds twice.

The zoo is open until 6pm on the weekends so we made sure to come in
early to have time to see all the attractions. To do this, we decided
to stay overnight at nearby La Quinta hotel in Everett which is about
30 minutes away north of the zoo and then be able to easily get to the
zoo the next morning. This hotel is also only 25 minutes south of the
Premium Outlets and/or Walmart in Tulalip so that one could go
shopping during the day before checking in at the hotel. There is a $6
discount for the Woodland Park Zoo from the hotel brochures counter so
this is another incentive for staying overnight.

The entrance fee was around $18 for adults and $12 for children 3 year
old and up. All day parking was inexpensive at about $6. We had decent
and cheap clam chowder, burgers, fish & chips, etc at one of the food
pavillions. My advice however is to stay away from the gift shops
because your kids will most likely ask for souveniers of their
favorite animals. Our favorites included the african penguins,
gorillas, flamingos, elephants, and Visayan warthogs (baboy ramo).

(Woodland Park Zoo, 601 N. 59th Street, Seattle, WA 98103; (206)
548-2500; http://www.zoo.org; zooinfo@zoo.org)

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