Directions & Parking Information





West Entrance

5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98103

Cross Streets
Phinney Ave. N. between N. 55th and N. 56th St.

Access to the West Entrance is available through the Otter and Penguin parking lots. The Otter parking lot can be accessed through the Penguin lot on Phinney Ave N., or the Bear parking lot on N. 59th Street.

South Entrance

750 N. 50th Street, Seattle, WA 98103

Located on N. 50th Street and accessed by the Hippo parking lot. Near the African Savanna exhibit.



Drive Your Car

From North or South bound I-5, take Exit 169/NE 50th St, go west to Phinney Ave. N. Turn right and drive north on Phinney Ave. N. to the West Entrance just past N. 55th St.

Take the Bus

Take North or South bound Metro Bus #5 to Phinney Ave. N. and N. 55th St. to arrive at the West Entrance.

Planning to bike or bus to the zoo? Show your bike helmet or bus ticket for $2.00 off daily admission.



Use PayByPhone or Pay at the Gates

Download the PayByPhone app to make an easy, no-touch payment or note your license number and pay at the gate. Guests may also pay on-site by visiting or calling (888) 515-7275.


Parking Rates

$8 for first 2 hours; $3 each additional hour
$12.00 maximum daily rate
(+ taxes and fees)*

Parking Policies

FREE covered, secure bicycle parking at West Entrance.
No overnight parking is permitted in the zoo lots.
Bus/RV parking in Hippo lot only.

*Zoo member discount for parking will only be available at the gate and will not be available using the app.

ADA Accessible Parking

ADA accessible parking stalls are available in all zoo lots. Parking fees do not apply for any vehicle displaying a valid disabled parking placard, in any WPZ parking space. For your convenience, the zoo is also adding six additional, temporary ADA parking spots in the Otter parking lot near the West Entrance.

Electric Car Charging Stations

Available through ReachNow

Electric vehicles park for free while they are charging.

There are four Eluminocity chargers in the Otter Lot by the West Entrance, and two Eluminocity chargers in the Hippo Lot by the South Entrance.

Our Mission

Woodland Park Zoo saves wildlife and inspires everyone to make conservation a priority in their lives.

Land Acknowledgment

Woodland Park Zoo recognizes that these are the lands of the Tribal signatories of the Treaty of Point Elliott. We acknowledge their stewardship of this place continues to this day and that it is our responsibility to join them to restore the relationship with the living world around us.

5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98103   |  206.548.2500  |

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Seattle Parks & Recreation
Humane Certification