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Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

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Address: 5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407-3224
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+1 253-591-5337
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09:30 - 16:00
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Thu - Mon 09:30 - 16:00
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Treat your family to a special day at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium....

Treat your family to a special day at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. Where else can you see seahorses and sharks, peacocks and penguins, wolves and walrus, all in one place? The 29-acre Zoo is large enough to offer an awesome array of animals yet small enough to let you get really close to them. Our keepers often roam the grounds, taking animals on strolls so you can see them up close. Who knows? You might run into a lynx on your way to see the polar bears! Be sure to visit Kids Zone. This fanciful exhibit engages children in active learning through play. The focus is on fun, movement and learning what animals need to thrive.The breathtaking views of Puget Sound, Mount Rainier and the Olympic Mountains are free - and so is the parking. So what are you waiting for? Bring your family to see ours. Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is open at 9:30 a.m. daily. Closing times vary. Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is just minutes off of I-5 in beautiful Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, WA.

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Wonderful Zoo and Aquarium

They have beautiful exhibits, grounds, and animals. The zoo and aquarium are well kept. We loved seeing the red wolves and the plethora of fish in the aquarium. There was an area... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Portland, Oregon
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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

They have beautiful exhibits, grounds, and animals. The zoo and aquarium are well kept. We loved seeing the red wolves and the plethora of fish in the aquarium. There was an area where you could pet sharks and skates/rays, which was a ton of fun. Exhibits aside, many humming birds, sparrows, junco's, and other small animals call the large tree's... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great time for our family. We go to it at least once a year, sometimes more if there is company visiting...

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Thank Ann A
Maple Valley, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Love this place great for a spring, Summer or Fall family day. The animals are wonderful and they also have a carousel for the kids and kids at heart

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Thank Mary M
Anchorage, Alaska
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

For me,it is most of the time about the small things. Like we are getting ready to pull into the parking lot of the zoo and there are pair of deer munching on a hill as we are pulling in. As we head to the ticket counter, a peacock comes strolling up the sidewalk(he later gave us show of his... More 

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Thank Bill H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium is a great attraction for families. The kids absolutely love it! There is a wide array of different animals, and the layout is perfect. They have all kinds of educational activities that kids can get involved in. It's really great in the summer!

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Thank skakma1
Bremerton, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I love coming here! They have a tide pool where you can put rays and sharks which is really fun. If you are brave enough you can also go in a dive tank with the sharks. They are currently under construction for a new aquarium that is opening in 2018. They are making it bigger and adding new sea life... More 

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Thank Krissy M
Tacoma, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The whole family enjoyed the trip, but the kids especially enjoyed the aquarium. My son was excited by the sharks, as most little boys are, and they enjoyed the hands-on marine life area as well.

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Thank robertbR5498MX
Tacoma, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This zoo is so well laid out and young volunteers so knowledgeable,and animal stewards are so welcoming of youngsters questions, not a much happier place on the planet!

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Thank Jeanne Marie G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

great place to take the kiddos. don't have to drive all the way to seattle to find a good zoo! I suggest going during the week, less busy.

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Thank Gavin S
Lakewood, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I am single but love zoo and aquarium and have enjoyed visiting thei location. Easy to get to parking good and lots of fun for everyone singles, couples and great fun for families!

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