Discover the world of gorillas, elephants, 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. In 2015, celebrate the highly anticipated opening of Banyan Wilds, featuring the new Malayan tiger and sloth bear exhibits. A conservation action center will directly engage visitors in the cultural and scientific challenges of conserving wildlife throughout Central Malaysia where the zoo is working with partners to research and protect wild tigers. The state-of-the-art complex will empower and inspire visitors with up-close animal encounters, hands-on learning, and connections to meaningful actions visitors can take to build a better future for wildlife. 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.