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Woodland Park Zoo
Built on land owned by Guy Phinney after his death, the Woodland Park Zoo (www. zoo.org. 5500 Phinney Ave. N, 206.548.2500) opened in 1899. Today, it has a variety of animal exhibits organized by geographical location. Enter off of Phinney Ave. N at the West Entrance and turn right to start at the penguin exhibit. These tuxedoed gents are part of the Humboldt Penguin exhibit that opened in 2009. From there, head east to Tropical Asia, where you’ll see tree kangaroos, Asian small-clawed otters and one of the newest exhibits, the Malayan tiger brothers. Olan, Liem and Eko appear alongside sloth bears in the Banyan Wilds exhibit. Nearby, you can also spot gorillas, including the new baby Yola, and, just south of Tropical Asia in the African Savanna, giraffes, hippos and zebras. The African Savanna also has an African Village, a model of how people of the savanna grasslands live. Two more fun stops: The Willawong Station in the Australasia section, where you can get up close with Australian parrots—purchase a seed stick and the birds will eat right from your hand! And newly opened spot Molbak’s Butterfly Garden allows you to immerse yourself among North American butterflies. There are nearly 500 free-flying butterflies in the garden. If you're in town in the evening, check out the lineup for ZooTunes, a summertime concert series held in the zoo's North Meadow. August acts include Ziggy Marley on Aug. 2, Pink Martini Aug. 3 and 4, Jeff Beck Aug. 21 and hometown favorite Brandi Carlile Aug. 23 and 24. Zoo admission isn't included with the concert tickets. The Woodland Park Zoo is open daily from 9:30 am-6 pm. From downtown, take the No. 5 bus to the West Entrance.