An­i­mal Parks & Zoos

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NORTH­WEST TREK WILDLIFE PARK— Lis­ten to tales of the wild told by nat­u­ral­ists on a guided tram tour through this wildlife sanc­tu­ary, where moose, elk, bi­son, moun­tain goats and bighorn sheep roam over 725 acres of park­land. South of Puyallup off State Route 161, about 75 min­utes south of Seat­tle. www.nwtrek.org. 11610 Trek Drive E, 360.832.6117. Map 3 H13 POINT DE­FI­ANCE ZOO & AQUAR­IUM— See ma­rine wildlife from the north and south Pa­cific, red wolves, Su­ma­tran tigers and more. Get hands-on with sea stars and stingrays, and even get the chance to dive with sharks in the only warm-wa­ter shark dive in the Pa­cific North­west. www.pdza.org. 5400 N. Pearl St., Ta­coma, 253.591.5337. Map 3 G11 SEAT­TLE AQUAR­IUM— Filled with more than 400 species of ma­rine life, the aquar­ium is home to river and sea ot­ters, sea lions and the largest species of oc­to­pus in the world. Be sure to visit Win­dow on Wash­ing­ton Wa­ters, a 120,000-gal­lon ex­hibit with daily diver shows. Open daily 9:30 am-5 pm. www. seat­tleaquar­ium.org. 1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59, 206.386.4300. Ci­tyPass par­tic­i­pant. Map 1 D9 WOOD­LAND PARK ZOO— The 92-acre Wood­land Park Zoo is con­sid­ered one of the best in the world. See an­i­mals from around the world, in­clud­ing gi­raffes, tigers and pen­guins. Open daily 9:30 am- 6 pm. www.zoo.org. 5500 Phin­ney Ave. N, 206.548.2500. Ci­tyPass par­tic­i­pant. Map 2 B4 CI­TYPASS— This nine-day pass saves you nearly 50 per­cent on to­tal ad­mis­sion to six of Seat­tle’s top at­trac­tions: Ar­gosy Har­bor Cruises, Seat­tle Aquar­ium, the Space Nee­dle, EMP Mu­seum or the Wood­land Park Zoo and The Mu­seum of Flight or the Pa­cific Sci­ence Cen­ter. Passes are sold at each at­trac­tion and are avail­able on­line. Skip most at­trac­tion lines. Adults $74 and youth 4-12 $54. www.ci­typass.com. 888.330.5008. BENAROYA HALL— The Seat­tle Sym­phony’s stately, $118 mil­lion home is the crown jewel of down­town’s re­vi­tal­iza­tion. Free tours gen­er­ally take place the third Mon­day of the month at noon and 1 pm, but check their web­site for a list of spe­cific dates. www.seat­tlesym­phony.org. 200 Univer­sity St., 206.215.4747. Map 1 C7 CEN­TRAL WA­TER­FRONT— A fa­vorite among vis­i­tors for its ac­tion and at­mos­phere, the Seat­tle wa­ter­front of­fers plenty of diver­sions. Visit piers 55 and 56 and dis­cover an ar­ray of in­ter­est­ing shops and restau­rants, as well as the Mar­itime Event Cen­ter and a gam­ing ar­cade com­plete with carousel. Ex­pe­ri­ence a wide range of North­west seafood at El­liott’s Oys­ter House and An­thony’s Pier 66, or climb aboard an Ar­gosy Cruise for a jaunt around Puget Sound or a din­ner cruise with lo­cal fare. Map 1 E9 FRE­MONT TROLL— This beloved pub­lic art­work de­picts a large, fear­some troll de­vour­ing an ac­tual Volk­swa­gen un­derneath the Aurora Bridge. Cre­ated by a team led by Steve Badanes, the mixed-me­dia troll weighs more than two tons and sports one good eye made of a hub­cap. He lives in the funky Fre­mont neigh­bor­hood. For more info, con­tact the Fre­mont Cham­ber of Com­merce at 206.632.1500. N. 36th St. at Troll Ave. N. Map 2 D5 GATES FOUN­DA­TION VIS­I­TOR CEN­TER— The free vis­i­tor cen­ter at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foun­da­tion takes guests of all ages through the con­nec­tions we have with each other across the planet. From mos­quito nets to per­sonal wa­ter fil­ters, see the in­ge­nious ways peo­ple are help­ing other peo­ple. Guided tours can be re­quested in ad­vance via the web­site. The vis­i­tor cen­ter is lo­cated across the street from the Seat­tle Cen­ter cam­pus. www.gates­foun­da­tion.org. 440 Fifth Ave. N, 206.709.3100. Map 1 D4 HI­RAM M. CHIT­TEN­DEN LOCKS— The Army Corps of Engi­neers main­tains the locks that link Puget Sound with the fresh wa­ters of Lake Union. Ad­mire ex­otic plants in the botan­i­cal gar­den (which hosts pic­nick­ers and out­door con­certs) and watch the sal­mon leap the fish lad­der from an un­der­wa­ter view­ing room. Open daily 7 am-9 pm. www.bal­lard­locks.org. 3015 N.W. 54th St., 206.783.7059. Map 2 B1

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