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“Wonderful Zoo”

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
Ranked #4 of 81 things to do in Tacoma
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 13 July 2014

Perfect, beautiful location. One of the best zoo's I've been to. A little pricey for 4 people, but was well worth the price. You can bring your own lunch to help make up for the admission price. Wonderfully landscaped. And how can you go wrong with the adorable polar bears! I give it 5 stars!

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Reviewed 3 July 2014 via mobile

Love the kid zone! Little kids had a blast in the little doctor coats pretending to be vets! Animals looked well cared for and aquarium was awesome!

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Reviewed 3 July 2014

We visited here recently, and while the exhibits are nicely done, and the layout is very maneuverable, it's almost too small; as a family of four, we were in and out in an hour, and we weren't rushing or skipping anything (except the scheduled naturalist's talks). Albeit, it wasn't crowded at all on that particular day, but that was nice. The parking seemed a bit confusing, but we were not charged, and that is always a bonus. We paid about $55 (with discounted tickets), which I suppose is decent for a zoo these days, but, all in all, we were hoping for just a bit more of a day out.

1  Thank CassieRo82
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Reviewed 2 July 2014

Great exhibits -- love the new and constantly updated animal exhibits.

Lots of hills - as zoo is built on a steep bank... so either tons of steps or long steep ramps to navigate...not good for people with walking issues.

Thank Sdjweinman
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

My family used to take us at Christmas. They have lights everywhere and it is very fun to walk through the displays after dark..

1  Thank krosmon
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