Discover the world of gorillas, giraffes, lions, birds and more at a top award-winning zoo. See Humboldt penguins “fly” underwater in a state-of-the-art exhibit. Go nose-to-nose with a jaguar in a tropical rain forest. Explore, climb and slide in Zoomazium’s nature play space. Send your kids to zoo summer camps or have a birthday party in the historic carousel. Discover the natural wonders of wildlife and the zoo’s myriad conservation efforts through a variety of public programs such as keeper talks and horticultural tours. All just minutes from downtown Seattle. Hours: May 1-Sept. 30: 9:30 am-6:00pm; Oct. 1-April 30: 9:30 am-4:00 pm.