Directions & Parking Information



Entrance & Admissions

Admission to the zoo will be through the West Entrance only

Please look for signs at the West Entrance to help you navigate to the correct line for advance ticket holders, members or those wishing to purchase tickets on-site. For those familiar with the zoo, the entry process and lines will be and feel different.

Please maintain at least six feet of social distance between groups at all times. Keep your family close and give other visitors their space.


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 will be available through the Otter parking lot only. 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 Closed for Entry

750 N. 50th Street, Seattle, WA 98103

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

Both gates will have exits available, as will the North gate near the Historic Carousel.


West Entrance Map

West Entrance Map PDF




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


Frequently Asked Questions

More questions? Read the FAQs or contact




All Lots are Open

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.



$6 for first 2 hours; $2 each additional hour
(+ taxes and fees)*


$4 for the day
(+ taxes and fees)*

FREE covered, secure bicycle parking at West Entrance.

No overnight parking is permitted in the zoo lots.

Bus/RV parking in Hippo lot only.

Additional parking is located in Lower Woodland Park at N. 50th and Aurora Ave. N. about .1 mile from the South Entrance.

*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.

The South Entrance to the zoo will be closed, and while ADA parking spots will continue to be available in the Hippo parking lot adjacent to the South Entrance, those spots will not have direct access to the zoo.

The West Entrance will be open to guests and ADA parking spots in all nearby lots will be available. For your convenience, the zoo is also adding six additional, temporary ADA parking spots in the Otter parking lot near the West Entrance.

Shuttles will not be available between parking lots and the zoo entrance, but signs will be posted to assist guests navigating your way to the entrance.

Electric Car Charging Stations

Available through ReachNow

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.