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Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

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5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407-3224
+1 253-591-5337
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Better than Woodland Park Zoo!

Hands down Point Defiance is better than Woodland park. You see way more animals! Its a small... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Morgen J
via mobile
Great zoo

This zoo is on the smaller side. Which is great! It is easy to navigate and well worth the money... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Amber M
via mobile
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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.
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good31%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407-3224
+1 253-591-5337
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Hands down Point Defiance is better than Woodland park. You see way more animals! Its a small easily walkable zoo with a large variety of animals. The Animals here seem to never be hiding and are always out! They have Shark cage diving by appointment!...More

Thank Morgen J
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This zoo is on the smaller side. Which is great! It is easy to navigate and well worth the money spent. There is a large variety of animals and easy viewing. Plus it is just in a beautiful location. Gift shop staff was very nice...More

Thank Amber M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium isn't a very big zoo, yet it is very nicely done. The exhibits allowed you to be up close and personal with many of the animals...especially the walruses and sharks. My wife loved the plants and flowers from around the...More

Thank Philip R
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went to the zoo with my boyfriend for a nice weekend date day. The zoo exhibits are beautiful and the animals look so happy and healthy. The layout of the park is very easy to follow. Very clean! I was impressed with the cleanliness of...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I used to live across the street from this zoo and I went to the zoo almost every afternoon. It isn't the biggest zoo or the zoo with the best habitat, but it is a perfect zoo for kids and for those who want to...More

Thank D C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I really loved this little zoo. If you're looking for an all day zoo experience with 500 different animals, this is not the place for you. This is a much smaller, more intimate zoo. That being said, it gives you a chance to really hang...More

Thank mme8771
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My kids love the acuarium and all the areas, specially where you can feed the animals and the play ground and sprinklers.

Thank paulinaleija
Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

What a delightful spot along the South Sound! The zoo is just the perfect size for children! Not too big and enough room for multi interests. Food is available along the paths. I go here monthly with grandchildren!

Thank Monika B
Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

We were a little disappointed with the size and number/variety of animals and the aquarium was very small. The art instillation of sculptures from washed up beach trash were very cool. Not a must see in Tacoma. The rest of point defiance is more interesting.

Thank MidgesMom99
Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

Although they have the usual variety of animals the conservation efforts are five star. They've been instrumental in introducing the Redwolf back into the wild and maintain breeding programs for penguins and other mammals. The landscapers excellent and the view of the animals that are...More

Thank Herbert F
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Andrew N
20 November 2016|
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Response from Denette C | Property representative |
Hi Andrew, our general daytime admission prices are $17.95 for adults, $16.95 for seniors (age 65+), $13.95 for youth (age 5-12) and $9.95 for tots (age 3-4). Children 2 and under are free. We offer discounts for Pierce... More
Pineda P
21 August 2016|
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Response from Jim G | Reviewed this property |
Hello, According to their website, the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium is open 9:30am to 4:00pm daily, September 26 - October 31. The zoo is open year round, but in the winter the number of days open are reduced.
Pineda P
21 August 2016|
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Response from jonesbrianna645 | Reviewed this property |
They will be open just about all year other than the coldest months of the year because most animals will hibernate. Going in October would be great as long as it doesn't rain and the day is not too hot but not too cold.