Seattle Bug Safari | The Creepy Side Of The City

I’m sure you know about Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo and the Seattle Aquarium, but have you heard of the Seattle Bug Safari? Instead of featuring elephants or a giant octopus like its counterparts, the Seattle Bug Safari boasts tarantulas, centipedes and several other creepy, crawly creatures.

Seattle Bug Safari | Tarantula

Mexican red-kneed tarantula

I actually ran into the Seattle Bug Safari (1503 Western Ave. #304) by accident over the weekend. My friend Tove and I were walking down some stairs from Pike Place Market to the waterfront, when Tove noticed a sign for the bug zoo. Without much hesitation, we decided to check it out.

I was surprised by how small the Seattle Bug Safari is. I’d compare to the size of someone’s living room. You can’t tell how small it is before you pay, because the zoo itself is hidden behind a closed door in the gift shop. It took Tove and me about 30 minutes to get through the Seattle Bug Safari, and the employee at the front desk says that’s average for most people.

The Seattle Bug Safari might be small, but it’s loaded with more than 50 species of insects. You’ll find spiders, beetles, scorpions, stick insects, ants and more. Every exhibit clearly explains what you’re looking at, where the creatures live around the world, and several other interesting facts about the bugs. The staff inside (just one guy who was feeding the bugs at the time we were there) seemed knowledgeable and was quick to answer any questions that we had.

Goliath bird-eating spider | Seattle Bug Safari

Goliath bird-eating spider

My favorite creature at the Seattle Bug Safari was easily the Goliath bird-eating spider. Part of the tarantula family, this beast can grow to be the size of a large dinner plate, according the guy working inside. The Goliath bird-eating spider at the Seattle Bug Safari is a young female, so she’s only beginning to grow (but she’s already huge). Despite its ferocious name, the Goliath bird-eating spider, a native to South America, doesn’t usually eat birds (although the Seattle Bug Safari staffer says they can in the wild).

I really enjoyed my visit to the Seattle Bug Safari, but I probably won’t be going back anytime soon. I think the price of admission ($8 for adults, $7 for seniors/military/college students and $6 for kids) is a little steep for such a small exhibit. At the same time, there’s plenty of educational value for children at the Seattle Bug Safari, so I don’t want to say it’s not worth stopping by.

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Seattle Bug Safari

Giant prickly stick insects