Animal lovers of all ages will love Snohomish Historical Society in Snohomish, a local zoo filled with a number of must-see animals.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
"The Reptile Man" Scott Petersen melds his passions for both education and reptiles at his zoo, which he calls the Serpentarium, where kids can touch or hold certain inhabitants. Inside, snakes, lizards, gators, and turtles slowly slither or amble around their enclosures, visible to curious eyes. Some of the deadliest snakes in the world—such as the horned viper—live on site, all de-venomized with only their angsty poetry left as weapons. The zoo is also home to invertebrates, including some of the planet's biggest spiders, centipedes, and cockroaches. An onsite party room hosts birthday bashes with a focus on education and absolutely no snakes hiding in the cake.
A fully operational farm situated at the base of Mount Baker, Camel Safari currently houses alpacas, goats, horses, and 25 dromedary and bactrian camels. The farm’s owner Guy Seeklus fell in love with camels in 2010 and it wasn't long after that he purchased his first one. Their calm and steady nature convinced him to create an experience where people could interact with camels and get to know more about the species. Today, the intrepid can ride through his farm’s organic hay field on the back of one of three riding camels—Ben, Raider, and Lodi—or get to know his many other camels during an afternoon of exploration.
Located in the heart of Seattle, Seattle Aquarium Society is a fun and exciting zoo for patrons of all ages.
With a sizzling plate of terrific food, this zoo boasts among the best eats this side of the city.
Youngsters don't need to sit out a trip to this zoo — it's super family-friendly and perfect for little customers and their folks.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
By the Numbers: Woodland Park Zoo
1899—the year it was founded
1 million visitors each year
300 distinct species
40 endangered species
17 threatened or vulnerable species
92,000 plants and trees
Years ago, Olympic Game Farm was a home for actors. The bears, cougars, and big cats who lived on the premises were all movie stars—most often for Disney Studios, which worked with and filmed the farm's animals for 28 years. The farm's founder, Lloyd Beebe, served as the go-to trainer, and his bond with the wildlife was reputedly amazing. During those early years, he even managed to tame five wolverines, who would eat raw egg out of his hands.
Today, Lloyd's grandson Robert runs the farm. For the most part, the animals are no longer film celebrities—although footage of the famous waving bears has gone viral and even appeared in a Carrie Underwood video, and some animal actors from elsewhere still retire to the farm. The majority are descendants of the original film animals, or rescues. Visitors can drive through the park to see zebras, elk, wolves, and lions, then head to the petting farm for an up-close encounter. They can even feed many of the animals—whole-grain bread is an accepted treat.