Activities are free with zoo admission except as noted. Subject to cancellation depending on the cooperation of weather and animals.


Daily Activities offered through September 30
*denotes fee-based activity


Ride the Historic Carousel*

9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. daily

$3 a ride in addition to zoo admission.
Carousel tickets and Punch Cards can be purchased at West and South Entrances. Carousel tokens are available at the carousel.

This summer, Woodland Park Zoo’s Historic Carousel turns 100 years old! Enjoy rides on the classic, hand-carved wooden carousel horses.

Willawong Station Bird Feeding

The walk-through bird experience
9:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m. daily

Free with zoo admission. Seed sticks: $2 each, cash only at the exhibit. Punch cards available at West and South Entrances: $10 for 6 sticks.

This popular walk-through bird feeding experience transports you to the world of the Australian parrot and grasslands habitat. Willawong Station is a fun opportunity for the whole family to get up close and feed birds in a controlled, safe environment while learning about responsible care for birds both in the wild and at home. The aviary includes approximately 100 free-flying birds, primarily small colorful Australian parrots.

Family Farm Contact Area

11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily

Is a goat soft? How does a sheep want to be touched? Pet some domestic farm animals and learn more about them in supervised areas at the Family Farm. Free with zoo admission.

Giraffe Up-close Experience*

10:00 - 11:00 a.m. and
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. daily except Tuesdays

Cost: $5 per person, cash only; children 5 and under are free with paying adult. Payment is made at the exhibit.

What color is a giraffe’s tongue? How tall are giraffes? Meet Woodland Park Zoo’s giraffes up close on a raised platform in the African Savanna, and learn how you are saving giraffes in the wild. Photography encouraged.

Rhino Keeper Talk

11:00 a.m. daily except Thursdays
Location: Rhino Pool Amphitheater

What do Taj and Glenn, the zoo’s new greater one-horned rhinos, like to eat? How are they helping to save rhinos in the wild? Meet a keeper at the pool and find out, and learn how you can help them!

Rhino Encounter*

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. daily except Mondays

Cost: $10 per person; children 5 and under free with paying adult. Payment is made at the exhibit.

Meet the zoo’s new rhinos Glenn and Taj up close in Assam Rhino Reserve, hear from rhino keepers about how they care for one of the zoo’s largest residents and learn how you can help save rhinos in the wild. Photography encouraged.

Tiger Gate Experience

11:00 a.m. daily except Tuesdays

How do keepers safely work with big, powerful animals? How do you get tigers to move over? Check their teeth and belly? Training is fun for animals and keepers alike and keeps them both safe and healthy—come and see how it works!

Sloth Bear Snack

1:30 p.m. daily except Fridays

Sloth bears love to eat insects, and they have a unique way of catching them—they suck the bugs out of their nest! How strong is that suction? Come and find out!

Keeper Talks

10:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. daily, times vary

Animal keepers provide exceptional care to all of the animals at the zoo, making sure they have everything they need to be healthy and happy. They also help save animals in the wild. Which animal keepers can you meet? See the kiosks for daily times and locations.

Get to Know the Gorillas

Location: Tropical Rain Forest

Yola’s group is temporarily off view to prepare for the arrival of a new silverback.

Make sure to stop by the gorilla exhibit and spend some quality time with gorillas Vip, Jumoke, Pete and Amanda.

Ambassador Animals Program

Earn Your Wings

Location: Wildlife Theater
11:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. daily except Wednesdays

A newcomer wants to join the raptor flight program. The problem? She doesn’t fly! Visit the Wildlife Theater for the Earn Your Wings program. Watch birds such as hawks, owls, and vultures fly closely over your head as you learn about their natural history and conservation status. And what about our newcomer? Watch as she runs right by you—will she earn her wings?

National Geographic Photo Ark

Featuring photographs by National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore

The National Geographic Photo Ark exhibition at Woodland Park Zoo highlights 56 of the most compelling images from National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore’s collection that includes more than 7,500 species. The exhibition provides guests with the extraordinary opportunity to come face to face with animals from the National Geographic Photo Ark. The 8’ tall x 6’ wide portraits are displayed across the zoo’s 92 botanical acres. A diversity of mammal, reptile, and bird species are represented including animals currently living at the zoo such as Matschie’s tree kangaroo, Western pond turtle, Sumatran orangutan, snow leopard, pharaoh eagle-owl and greater one-horned rhino.

Molbak’s Butterfly Garden

Molbak’s Butterfly Garden and Microsoft Pollinator Patio
Open 9:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m. daily
Free with zoo admission or membership

Take a walk among a variety of North American butterfly species in the zoo’s immersive Molbak’s Butterfly Garden. An arching tent structure encloses a landscape of approximately 3,000 square feet, and nearly 500 free-flying butterflies represent at least 15 species native to North America. The seasonal garden emphasizes both the fragility and resilience of nature through the display of what many consider to be among the most beautiful of natural expressions: butterflies and flowers. Guests will learn about the butterfly’s life cycle while watching new butterflies emerge from their chrysalises before flying free in the garden. Behind the Garden is the Microsoft Pollinator Patio where guests can enjoy a beautiful stroll among pollinator-friendly plants while learning how to help pollinators in their own backyard. The patio, open year-round, is full of ideas and actions guests can take on behalf of native pollinators such as hummingbirds, beetles, bees and flies.



Appropriate for ages 0-8 years and their caregivers


Play Inside Zoomazium

9:30 a.m. – closing, daily

Kids 8 and under and their caregivers love Zoomazium! The indoor, nature play space offers adventure and learning in a fun, safe and stimulating environment all year long. Here, kids can connect with animals and habitats through the natural language of childhood—play! Crawl through a hidden cave. Climb a giant strangler fig tree. Enjoy daily programs for toddlers and older children. Free with zoo admission.

PROGRAM: Creature Feature

10:30 a.m., daily

Help our puppets tell a fun animal story! Who’s hatching out of that egg? Which animal friends get together to share breakfast? What animal wants to swap scales for feathers or fur? At the end of the story, meet a real, live zoo animal!

PROGRAM: Shake, Rattle and Roar

11:30 a.m., daily

Seattle’s coolest toddler dance party! Join the fun with music and shakers of all kinds.