A zoo within a neighborhood.

Howdy, neighbors

Woodland Park Zoo has been an urban oasis for the community since 1899. Our collection of animals, commitment to sustainability and dedication to wildlife conservation make it a very special place for families to reconnect and recharge. The zoo’s picturesque location on Phinney Ridge, along with continued support from our neighbors, truly sets us apart from other city assets. 

We value our relationship with the community and are committed to being a good neighbor. Please check back often to stay current on the zoo’s events, exhibits and projects, especially those of particular interest to the neighborhood.


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2019 ZooTunes Information


The zoo is pleased to offer our nearest next-door neighbors two (2) complimentary adult tickets and two (2) complimentary child (age 12 and under) tickets to ZooTunes in 2019. There are very specific directions to picking up tickets. Please read directions in entirety for details.

Please note: ZooTunes is a major fundraiser for the zoo, a non-profit organization. We are unable to make changes to the following policies including extending the boundary of eligible homes, offering additional tickets and/or replacing lost tickets or missed concerts.

Woodland Park Zoo takes pride in providing a great guest experience to all visitors. In order to maintain excellent service and be able to anticipate audience size at concerts, you are asked to request specific concerts when you pick up your tickets. Complimentary neighbor tickets are not limited per show. (Complimentary neighbor tickets do not “sell out.”)

Step 1 
If you received a mailed notice at your home address, you are considered a next-door neighbor and are eligible for ZooTunes tickets. This notice was mailed in mid-April 2019. Tickets are available for pickup on May 1.

If you are unsure, click here to see the next-door neighbor map and verify that you are located within the identified two block radius of the zoo. If your home is outside of this boundary, we are unable to offer you complimentary ZooTunes tickets. ZooTunes is a major fundraiser for the zoo, a non-profit organization.

Step 2 
Full concert lineup is available on our ZooTunes page (neighbor tickets are not available until May 1). Determine the concerts for which you would like to use your complimentary tickets. As a next-door neighbor, you are eligible to receive up to two (2) adult and two (2) child (age 12 and under) tickets total per address.

At the time of pick up, you will be asked to choose the concerts you would like to attend. You must request specific concerts when you pick up your tickets. Picking up tickets for addresses other than your own is not permitted.
Please note that tickets are not exchangeable for later concerts if you miss the concert you originally requested. Please choose your complimentary concerts carefully.

Step 3 
Pick up your tickets at Woodland Park Zoo’s West Entrance starting May 1. Tickets will not be mailed.

Starting May 1, 2019, you may pick up your tickets during normal zoo operating hours. Please bring your mailed notice, a valid picture ID, a proof of residence if your valid picture ID does not have current address (a utility bill validating your name and address, for example) to the West Entrance Membership Office, located off Phinney Ave. N. between N. 55th Street and N. 56th Street.

A staff member will verify your address, ask you which concert(s) you would like to attend and ask you to sign a form stating you’ve received the tickets on behalf of your household (up to two adult and two child tickets per address, must all be picked up at once). Please keep tickets safe. We are unable to exchange or replace lost or stolen next-door neighbor tickets. We are unable to exchange tickets for missed concerts.

PLEASE NOTE: Gates staff will only be issuing complimentary tickets to those neighbors whose addresses appear on our next-door neighbor address list. Gate associates do not have the ability to alter this list. Picking up tickets for multiple addresses is not permitted.
If you have any questions or comments, please email zooneighbors@zoo.org.


Aerial photo of Zoo


An aerial view of Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo with the surrounding Phinney Ridge neighborhood. Green Lake is at the top of the photo. The zoo was founded in 1899 when the property, originally an estate and residential development owned by Guy Phinney, was sold to the City of Seattle by his widow.

For more information, visit our History section.