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Address: 5400 North Pearl Street, Tacoma, WA 98407
Phone Number: +1 253-591-5337
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Thu - Mon 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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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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love animals, love the zoo

The only downfall to this zoo, is zoolights. It is not as big as it used to and they aren't open very late (close at 9pm). Otherwise, in the daylight you can see the animals if... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Washington-Adventure
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Yelm, Washington
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Yelm, Washington
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13 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The only downfall to this zoo, is zoolights. It is not as big as it used to and they aren't open very late (close at 9pm). Otherwise, in the daylight you can see the animals if they aren't sleeping or you can relax on the lawn and have a picnic.

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Tacoma, Washington, United States
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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great zoo right in our own "back yard"! Kids and grownups both enjoy interacting with the animals! Lots of variety!

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Thank Karol B
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I'm a local & I love bringing out of town guests to this lovely zoo. Clean, ethical, with naturalistic habitats & breeding programs for endangered species. Close up views of gorgeous animals. Lovely underwater polar bear exhibit or the tranquil aquarium are a great way to escape the rain. Must see for families & nature lovers. Can't get enough? Visit... More 

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Thank Mighty M
Redmond, Washington
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15 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This zoo was very fun for the kids and is way better than Woodland Park Zoo. It had a show of trained animals, and rare animals from all over the world. It had tidepools with baby stingrays in it too.

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Thank Travel_Agent525
Alexandria, Virginia
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10 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My family really enjoyed this zoo and Aquarium. Especially the Elephants. They were wowed by this zoo. Loved taking my family here.

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Thank Jennings15
Silverdale, Washington
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13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not just for summer! Animals are more active when the weather is cool and crowds are lower. Free parking. There is a beautiful rose garden behind the zoo grounds next to the waterfront.

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Tacoma, Washington
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

it was nice i got to see all types of animals,took my kids also loved it ,`it was wild i tell you im goin back next year ,the bears ,and the under water park was kool also

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Thank Herb T
Bonney Lake, Washington, United States
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19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not a bg zoo but you can tell they have done a very nice job with the space they have! And the aquarium is the same. Small but very well done. And the people that work here are top notch and friendly.

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Thank John H
Tacoma, Washington
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11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to bring the kids and/or grandkids. Even better when you get an annual pass. This is our family's choice to spend an afternoon.

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Kent, Washington
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160 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2016

We like Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium because with younger kids, it is smaller with less walking. Also there are treats to keep them interested throughout.

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