Choose Between Two Options
- $20 for two admissions to the 27th Annual Issaquah Reindeer Festival, valid only 12/1–12/23/15 ($28 value)
- $75 for an annual zoo membership for two people ($94 value)
Zoo membership includes unlimited admission throughout the year, one guest pass per member, and many other benefits as outlined here.
The 27th Annual Issaquah Reindeer Festival takes place from December 1–23. A tradition since 1988, the festival gives you a chance to meet Santa’s reindeer, meet Santa himself, and enjoy many other festive activities.
Cougar Mountain Zoo
As strange as it may sound, at the Cougar Mountain Zoo, you just might be greeted by a big cat purring. Cougars are among the largest cats capable of true purring, and Cougar Mountain Zoo boasts a distinct subspecies of these overgrown felines, which prowl all over the zoo's award-winning World of Cougars exhibit. Visitors to the exhibit don't just admire the animals from afar; zoo staff facilitate close interaction with the Cougars under strict safety standards, providing a uniquely intimate experience.
Next to the mountain lions dwell their distant cousins, Bengal tigers, who sprawl out on the green grass or press their noses up to a thick wall of glass separating visitors from the wild animals. Other residents of the zoo include a barrel of endangered lemurs from Madagascar, a crowd of fluffy alpacas, and the country's largest herd of Siberian reindeer, who star in the Annual Issaquah Reindeer Festival and assist Santa during the holiday season.
The zoo also boasts a collection of bronze animal statues, a library of wildlife tracks, and a museum that explores not only the world of wildlife, but also the threats they face from human incursion.