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Address: 5400 North Pearl Street, Tacoma, WA 98407
Phone Number: +1 253-591-5337
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9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Treat your family to a special day at Point Defiance Zoo &...

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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i had a great time the shows they had were ok and i had fun looking at the large tuna and sharks and the other part was see how well keep the animals were the staff take great... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Puyallup, Washington
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Point defiance is a beautiful area landscaped with natural Pacific Northwest tree lines and walking trails however I was expecting to see more when I visited the zoo. Not very spacious, attractions, or areas of interest during my visit.

Thank CLO247
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

i had a great time the shows they had were ok and i had fun looking at the large tuna and sharks and the other part was see how well keep the animals were the staff take great pride in there work and make sure the animals were well

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Tacoma, WA
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163 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is always a great visits. Best time is early in the morning on a cool day. Animals come out to play. Tigers were out frolicking. Monkeys, too. Spotted leopards are gorgeous. The aquarium has a new jellies exhibit that is wonderful. The zoo is always growing, and a new aquarium is in it's beginning stages of design. A great... More 

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Olympia, WA
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44 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This zoo is fantastic for kids, families and even adults without kids. There's lots to see and do, many new and rotating exhibits, friendly staff, and great fun. We love taking our little one to the zoo and paid $17 each (kids under 2 are free) to get in. The annual membership is $75 and offers you discounts throughout the... More 

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Olalla, Washington
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3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We didn't pack enough treats so tried out the food. Great selection from grown up to kid friendly. Tables kept clean and staff helpful and friendly. Great view from the deck of Zoo, Puget sound and the mountain. Also nice to get out of the sun.

Thank Liz S
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This zoo is well layed out. The exhibits looked well maintained and the animals seemed happy and lively. We were able to walk the whole place in about an hour and a half. Planning to go back because I hear they have a great Christmas setup through out the zoo. Also If you have time explore around outside the zoo.... More 

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Medford, Oregon
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345 reviews
89 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

We really enjoyed the zoo aquarium! The park is really well laid out well. So many things to see and do. The walk is super easy and all views are accessible by stroller. Only thing I thought was interesting was that most concessions were closed throughout the park even on a Saturday noon.

Thank YearoftheRabbit
Morgan Hill
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015 via mobile

As far as Zoo's go, a bit on the small side, but good for the kids. Nice aquarium attached, and faulty cheap prices. Attached is an awesome park, TONS of hiking and biking trails, multiple beaches. Lots of smaller wildlife. An old fort with reenactments or old trading days gone by and a great staff of volunteers. A must see... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

This zoo is great in that it has both a zoo and Aquarium. Be prepared to walk, but not too bad considering all the exhibits. The zoo is not big for it to be a hard day's work, but recommend bringing good walking shoes. The views are great when the weather is cooperating as you can see the sound from... More 

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Tacoma, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

This is the only zoo here in Tacoma. I wish there was more animals and that the zoo would change up some things. My kids love animals but they know when there are new animals added or if there is something new at the zoo! I would recommend Point Defiance for families that visit Tacoma. I love Tacoma Resident free... More 

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