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Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

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Address: 5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407-3224
Phone Number: +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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Spectacular Christmas lights!

Their Christmas light display is out of this world! Take the whole family and start a holiday tradition! Bundle up, it's a chilly walk!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I know its not peak summer time, amd remodeling is important, but we paid full price to see the animals and a lot of our favorites were closed and that was very disappointing

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temecula ca
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Their Christmas light display is out of this world! Take the whole family and start a holiday tradition! Bundle up, it's a chilly walk!

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Silverdale, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I recently moved to the area, so I became a member of this place. The zoo is not too big, but still has a nice variety of animals. The zoo does a good job with Red Wolf conservation and breeding. They are also involved with Clouded Leopard breeding as well. The aquarium is divided into the northern Pacific area and... More 

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Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Loved scuba diving with sharks, and had a great time exploring the rest of the zoo too. And found a fantastic giraffe shirt :)

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Des Moines, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went on a Sunday afternoon and there was hardly anyone else there. My younger children's first trip to the zoo! They had a great time, it was clean and the animals seemed well cared for.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

PT Defiance Zoo is a favorite of ours. Our granddaughter loves going. Be sure to take a ride on the old carousel!

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a wonderful place to go to with kids. But without them-- Be forewarned-- A lot of parents do not seem to have good control over their children here. Especially in the playground area. It is a little surprising really. Perhaps if it was better staffed and the staff actually reprimanded parents for not controlling their kids it would... More 

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Almonte, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

We spent the day admiring all of the animals. I was happily surprised at how active a lot of the animals were. The Tigers are usually sleeping in most of the zoos we visit and in this one they were playing with balls and a keg that kept getting away from one of them. They were beautiful and well taken... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

This is the 2nd time we have been to the point defiance Zoo. The first time , it seemed like we saw a ton of animals and it was very interactive. This last time, though...it seemed like almost all of the animals were asleep or the exhibits were under construction. This was so sad! It's a beautiful zoo but I... More 

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Lakewood, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

This is a smaller zoo than Woodland Park, but still a good zoo. A lot of the exhibits are currently closed for expansion, as well. The aquarium portion is pretty awesome, and they have a huge shark collection.

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