What to See at Woodland Park Zoo's WildLanterns

I have now lived in Seattle for about 5 years and for the first time ever, I visited the WildLanterns at Woodland Park Zoo. I cannot even begin to explain how much I underestimated how cool this experience would be. With the boyfriend out of town, a single lady on the town, I hit the zoo to not only enjoy some holiday cheer, but also get a workout in from the walk. I was able to go on a chilly Tuesday night, not a drop of rain to be felt and wrapped in a puffy jacket, I made my way down the lit path to the Woodland Park Zoo west entrance.

Electronic ticket pulled up on my iPhone to scan myself into the holiday wonder that awaited me, the corner of my eye caught the flowers glowing in the distance that lined the walkway beside the west entrance of the zoo. It was in that moment that I knew that this was going to be the best solo stroll ever! The glowing flowers pulsed in rhythm with a sense of relaxation that washed over me, realizing that I was about to embark on an adventure I didn't even begin to expect.

To be honest, you could spend quite a few hours lost in the WildLanterns at the Woodland Park Zoo, but I was a girl who had just worked a 12 hour day and had a hard 2 hour out, for my own mental health. Needless to say, three hours later, I finally forced myself to leave as I couldn't even cover all the beautiful stops on the 3 loops within the zoo covered in lights.

Besides the lights, I was drawn into the fact that along the loops of lights were event centers where companies were holding their annual holiday parties. Um, noted for next year! I demand the iHeartRadio company party be at the Woodland Park Zoo.

Anyway, back to why we're really here: the lights! Some of my favorite displays came from BECU and the Seattle Times. Check out the photos below!

The Wild LanternLights at the Woodland Park Zoo run thru 01/02/2023 and you can get tickets HERE

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