Well I am not usually a huge fan of Zoo’s as such but understand that there is educational value for kids if managed correctly. The Seattle Woodland Park Zoo is one one of those in my opinion and we usually head down in the spring when a quick overnight family getaway is required.
The habitats a relatively large and very realistic in foliage etc. and the animals are extremely well cared for. We usually make a weekend out of the trip but if you head out early enough you can get there and back in a day. Just be sure to allow about 4-6 hours of time at the zoo as it is pretty darn big and there are a lot of things to see. Oh and as you can see from the image of my son above there is a beautifully restored carrousel that the kids, and the parents love to ride.
The food on premise is pretty standard fair but just around the corner, from the zoo, is one of the best burger place that you will ever come across. The Red Mill Burger joint is pretty famous in Seattle and the lines can be tediously long but the burgers they serve are out of this world. The service is great too and everyone there is ok with the wait. If you can bust out of the zoo just before noon then you can beat the line.
If you are planning to stay the weekend there are plenty of hotels in the area but other than the zoo it’s pretty bleak for entertainment. We prefer to head downtown and stay either at the Best Western near the Seattle Science Centre or the Homewood Suites Inn closer to Belltown. We like the Homewood for the simple fact that there is a bed room and a kitchen in every suite. If it’s pure luxury or funk factor maybe go elsewhere but for families it is great and there is a free buffet breakfast too boot.
Why not make a weekend of it at the Seattle Woodland Park Zoo?
I wrote this earlier this year on my blog but felt that it could use a good home away from home here on the Dad Camp Blog. I will be adding more new content but wanted to get things moving.