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We recently drove up to Eatonville, Washington to tour Northwest Trek Wildlife Park. Jai spent part of his childhood in Washington and grew up seeing commercials for Northwest Trek, but neither of us had ever paid a visit before. In addition to being a great place to observe Pacific Northwest wildlife in its habitat, Northwest Trek offers a variety of family-friendly activities to make your day even more fun. The newest of these is Kids’ Trek, an amazing new play area inspired by nature. This playground has been in the works for ten years, with the finished product opening at the beginning of April, and it’s an amazing spot for children to play!
The first thing you notice at Kids’ Trek is the giant “Tree trunk” filled with climbing nets, a slide, and a 15′ fireman-style pole, which you access by running across a clatter bridge.
There’s a statue of a goat overlooking the area, since goats also love to climb!
From there, kids can bounce on the trampoline modeled after an Eagles’ nest.
Children can also play in a “Beaver dam” complete with running water.
There are also interactive activities provided, like the chance to make sand sculptures, plus a “Construction zone” where little ones can build their own fort with river tumbled sticks. And for toddlers, there is a special log cabin area to play in!
Kids’ Trek is the kind of play area that kids could easily spend all afternoon playing in – and it’s all free with admission to the park. It’s conveniently situated across from picnic benches and food, perfect for parents to sit and take a breather while their kids have a great time. Oh yeah, and by the way, there’s still an entire wildlife park that we haven’t explored yet!
You can take a walking tour through the park and get a glimpse at all kinds of animals, from owls to bears to cougars and many more. The park has been designed to be as natural as possible, showing these native animals in their local habitat. With some of the exhibits, such as the beavers, you can view it first from the outside and then walk down a level to get a closer look at them swimming and building through a glass wall. While we were there, we got to see a beaver family working on their lodge. So cute!
After we had spent a little time walking around, Jai and I hopped on board for the Discovery Tram Tour. This tour is also free with admission, and winds through 435 acres of forest and open meadows to give you a look at animals like bison, elk, moose, goats, bighorn sheep, and more.
Riding through the park is so much fun. It’s really incredible to see such majestic animals as huge bison standing literally a few feet away from your window! The tour guide talks about the animals seen on the trip and provides interesting history and facts, making it educational for kids as well as enjoyable.
Northwest Trek Wildlife Park is a perfect spot to spend a day with your family! Start off by exploring the park on foot, then sit back on relax on the Discovery Tram Tour. You can end your day by letting your kids burn off some energy at Kid’s Trek while you enjoy a snack for the perfect afternoon. Although honestly, once your children spot Kids’ Trek, you may just find that you end up spending the whole day there! 😉 And I haven’t even touched on the fact that you can take a Keeper Tour to get a behind-the-scenes look as the keepers feed the animals, or the fact that the park also has a zip line. You might want to just go ahead and get yourself an annual pass so you can explore it all!
For More Information:
Northwest Trek Wildlife Park
11610 Trek Drive East
Eatonville, WA 98328
Phone: (360) 832-6117