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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
09:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 17:00

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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Really amazing aquarium!

The zoo isn't huge, but hills. The aquarium is really nice. Educational and kid friendly. We had a spectacular time!

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Nancy B
Ellensburg, Washington
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Ellensburg, Washington
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13 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

The zoo isn't huge, but hills. The aquarium is really nice. Educational and kid friendly. We had a spectacular time!

Thank Nancy B
Fayetteville, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It was a good day! Lots to see and different varieties of animals. There was quite a bit of walking between animals, however. It was also very wooded, and shaded. So bring a light jacket for all, even in the summer! We plan to go back next summer. Great, reasonable pricing as well.

Thank Rojoslover
Tacoma, Washington
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71 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The aquarium is great! The zoo has kind of gone down hill over the years. Sometimes you see no animals.

Thank bgardner711
Tacoma, Washington
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23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium is an amazing place. We loved watching the sharks through the glass wall and enjoyed the feeding of the polar bear. Some arrange to go swimming with the sharks. They are continually updating the zoo to include shows, talks, and interactive displays. It's a great place for families and adults as well. We live in... More 

Thank liketotravelII
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37 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Every year it just gets better! Wonderful Zoo and staff. Tons of photo op opportunities. Food/ beverage stands throughout with coffee, tea and cider to keep you warm. Park at Owens beach and take the bus it's free and no parking hassles.

Thank Adrienne C
Stanwood, Washington
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48 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our first visit to this zoo and it by far outstrips the nearby Woodland Park zoo. We will be making the trek down to this one every time. They are doing some construction currently (two new buildings) but most of the zoo is still accessible to the public. The animal exhibits are spacious and well appointed. I can't... More 

Thank KassandraB
Seattle, Washington
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44 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Little zoo but laid out nicely. We saw the aquarium nice little area to see and touch ocean animals. There was an area to feed goats, and all along the path there were animals to be seen. They are building new areas so be prepared for construction noise. The tigers were cool, but Dozer the walrus was a hit! They... More 

Thank JAEMaurice
Roseburg, Oregon
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15 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In my opinion this Zoo rates up there with some of the best in the North West, its,well attended clean and has many displays

Thank Schmidtlap
Puget Sound in Washington
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148 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Aquarium is still my favorite part! If your children like to see fish and touch sting-rays...they will most certainly enjoy this zoo! Not to mention the shark tank...which if fun and relaxing to hang out at. The rest of the zoo is fun...keep in mind this is not Portland or Seattle...this is a much smaller zoo...perfect for younger children. The... More 

Thank Lynette F
Tacoma, Washington
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is not the Woodland Park Zoo, but it is an excellent local zoo where you can enjoy the animals with the family. A great family outing.

Thank etolsen

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