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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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a drive through Pt Defiance park

Drove through with my disabled sister. She rarly gets out. It was about 8pm as we entered the park... read more

Reviewed 29 July 2015
Carol M
Tucson, Arizona
nice zoo

nice small size zoo, our two grand kids loved it, the weather was great. They had lots of shade... read more

Reviewed 28 July 2015
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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.
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good32%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407-3224
+1 253-591-5337
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Reviewed 29 July 2015

Drove through with my disabled sister. She rarly gets out. It was about 8pm as we entered the park. She was so excited because she got to see the bay, racoons and lots of Dear on the grass near the rose garden. Pt Defiace is...More

1  Thank Carol M
Reviewed 28 July 2015

nice small size zoo, our two grand kids loved it, the weather was great. They had lots of shade for the sunny days to sit and relax

Thank ShadySideJoe
Reviewed 28 July 2015

I've been to the Seattle Aquarium twice and never the Woodland Zoo. My friend's and I were told we could come here and see both the zoo and aquarium for one price. As four adult women we enjoyed the exhibits as most of the animals...More

1  Thank GorgeDMBLover
Reviewed 28 July 2015

My sister and I took our children to the zoo this weekend. For a smaller zoo, they do a phenomenal job with education. Every single exhibit had information about the creature you were looking at, where it's natural habit exists, and how you could help...More

1  Thank Kelly H
Reviewed 28 July 2015

The tiger exhibit was the best part of the zoo and aquarium. Pretty disappointed in the number and quality of animals having visited other zoos and aquarium around the country. Its really good for kids, but as adults we weren't impressed. Surprised the penguins didn't...More

Thank WillowIN54
Reviewed 28 July 2015

This is a great place to spend time exploring. 700 acres of forest, zoo and aquarium; plus Ft. Nisqually (the remnants of a Hudson Bay Company fort restored) are excellent attractions. Many hiking trails, spectacular views of The Narrows Bridge and Puget Sound, and nice...More

Thank VWriter
Reviewed 28 July 2015

The location is excellent: in the forested area of Pt. Defiance Park with some lovely views of Puget Sound as backdrop. We were impressed with the red wolves and tiger sanctuaries, and the Bamboo/Asian forest. We also like the mission of the zoo, which is...More

Thank VWriter
Reviewed 27 July 2015

The grounds were great and everything was very clean. The concession staff could be improved. The keeper talks were very informative and engaging! It was a wonderful way to spend the day.

Thank Marylin2009
Reviewed 24 July 2015 via mobile

In the area visiting family and took my 3 sons and we all had a blast very friendly staff, clean, easy to get around tons of free parking overall great experience.

Thank Steve A
Reviewed 24 July 2015

This is a nice little zoo. Fairly easy to get through in a few hours. It has a good flow with very little back tracking. Most animals are easy to find even on hot days. They are adding new features like a zip line, but...More

Thank Jaclyn C
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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.