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Point Defiance Park

5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407
253 305 1000
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Ranked #1 of 34 attractions in Tacoma
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Zoos, Aquariums, State Parks, Parks
Description: Scenic park offering more than 700 acres of woodland trails, gardens and waterfront views, along with a zoo and aquarium.
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Washington State
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Your first visit will be a surprise. That you can walk, bike or drive through stands of giant old trees and ferns with views overlooking a salt water coast and snow-capped mountains and visit a fine zoo and aquarium and an historic log fortress and formal gardens and sit on a beach and picnic and go boating and swimming and... More

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Spokane, Washington, United States
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

We like to start our day at Point Defiance with beach combing on Owens Beach, then procede to the pond near the parking lot. The zoo is nice for a couple of hours. I also recommend the loop drive.

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Tacoma
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Not a huge zoo but one with lots of interesting animals in nice environments. It's spread out over a steep hill but the paths are paved.

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Tacoma, Washington
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53 reviews 53 reviews
20 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium- PDZA - is the go-to place for a good time in Tacoma. You can walk along the beach and enjoy sea life, shorebirds and sailboats (we once spent an hour watching a deer swim from Vashon Island then rest briefly on the beach before leaping up and into the forest!) or you can walk through... More

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Tacoma, Washington
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I'm a local, so I visit this park several times a month, and run the trails weekly.This place has everything. Beautiful gardens, spectacular beaches, amazing views, playgrounds, and miles and miles of forest hiking trails...and that's not even mentioning the Zoo, Marina, Fort Nisqually or dog park! This is a must see for anyone visiting the area, be sure to... More

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Tacoma, Washington
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

I took family pictures here and it was the perfect backdrop! Very beautiful and scenic atmosphere, the photographer had no trouble finding the right light!

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Kirkland, Washington
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28 reviews 28 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

this is a huge park that has beach access to puget sound, picnic areas, long forested trails, a really nice zoo and aquarium, a logging train history site, and a real historical log fort! Can't see and do it all in one day--you'll go back year after year--and the Zoo lights at Christmas!

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Tacoma, Washington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

This is such a gorgeous park, much of it is woods like what stood here before 'civilization' messed everything up. Be sure to take out-of-towners!!

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Anchorage, Alaska
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

I grew up nearby and have visited Point Defiance Park throughout my life. It's a beautiful park with a scenic drive, but I prefer the 4 mile outer loop trail that affords runners or dog walkers views from all sides of the forested peninsula that comprises the north end of Tacoma. On a clear day you get views of the... More

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Seattle, Washington
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

I have visited this zoo many times over a decade. Had stopped for several years. When I wanted show this zoo to a friend I was so disappointed that the beluga whales are gone.

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