Best Seattle Zoos and Aquariums
Due to its geographical location in Seattle city, Seattle zoos benefit from having an amazing ecosystem of having water, mountains, and large acres of greenery here. Such a lush environment, together with being one of the best metropolitan cities in the U.S. has attracted many visitors to these zoos from all over the country. Further, we take a look at these museums, which provide educational programs and exhibits to eager visitors who want to know more about animals and their habitats. In fact, many visitors come from all over the country to see these beautiful animal habitats.
Woodland Park Zoo located in Woodland Park
Woodland Park Zoo is one of the most famous Seattle zoos, which occupies an area of 92 hectares and houses an estimated number of more than 300 different species. These animals range from desert creatures to those that live in humid tropical rainforests. There are around 10 exhibits here, each dedicated to showcasing animals belonging to different habitats and different continents of the world.
Some of the most popular exhibits include Living Northwest Trail, African Savanah, and Molbak’s Butterfly Garden. Other than animals, there are 92 thousand plants and trees from over a thousand different species here as well. The ticket fee is about $17, and for children is approximately $12. If you use public transport to get here, You should take bus number 5 towards Phinney Ave. N. and N. 55th St. in order to reach the West entrance of Woodland Park Zoo.
Cougar Mountain Zoo Found in Issaquah
Cougar Mountain Zoo is another one of the Seattle zoos home to more than 17 birds and mammal species. They include Emu, Macaws, Cranes, Alpacas, Tigers, and Cougars. The normal zoo exhibits are open from Month of January to November, and a special reindeer festival takes place during December. The general admission fee is around $16, including the zoo experience and a Bronze Statue Collection. Metro bus number 271, which is en route to University District Bellevue, passes from Cougar Mountain Zoo.
Seattle Aquarium close to Seattle Great Wheel
Seattle Aquarium is the last of Seattle zoos that hosts mostly aquatic creatures. However, you can still observe some bird and mammal species here as well. This zoo started its operation in 1977 and, after 2007, got a massive expansion to accommodate extra 18 thousand square feet of space as well as adding a large 120,000-gallon aquatic exhibit. This Aquarium is the 9th largest aquarium in the USA, attracting a lot of visitors per year to its many exhibits. Some of these exhibits include Pacific Coral Reef, Window on Washington Waters, and Life on the Edge.
It is good to know that you can have your graduations, weddings, and corporate & private events here as well, where a diver will show your special message to your guests. This aquarium is just a short walk away from Seattle Great Wheel. The 1-LINE light rail and busses number 18, 311, 43, 49, 550, 62, 7, D LINE and E LINE have stops here.
The current Seattle Aquarium ticket price is around $30 per adult; also, Seattle Aquarium hours for visitation are from 9:30 am until 6 pm, which 5 pm would be the last hour you can enter the facility.
Moreover, if you like to see more aquatic creatures in the USA, it is worth taking a look at zoos in Miami too. That city is famous for having the most unique sea life from all the oceans in the world. For enthusiasts, they can both enjoy the city attractions and get once in a lifetime experience seeing mesmerizing sea creatures.