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Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

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Address: 5400 North Pearl Street, Tacoma, WA 98407
Phone Number: 253-591-5337
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Description: Treat your family to a special day at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. Where...
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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Nice zoo with great views

I am out in Tacoma visiting. Visited this Zoo today and despite having read some very quirky reviews earlier on here, I was pleasantly surprised. The animals looked healthy, well... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
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Wallkill, New York
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Wallkill, New York
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104 reviews 104 reviews
48 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

I am out in Tacoma visiting. Visited this Zoo today and despite having read some very quirky reviews earlier on here, I was pleasantly surprised. The animals looked healthy, well cared for and the place was arranged so even I could easily negotiate through it. The staff were extremely helpful and friendly. All in all, it was a very positive... More 

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Tacoma, Washington, USA
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Point Defiance Park, Five Mile Drive, The beach, Ft. Nisqually, and the Zoo are all together in one big attraction and can be taken in easily in a day. Well worth the visit

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Tacoma, Washington
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium is a great place to spend the day. Lots to see and do. Kids have a great time.

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tacoma,wa
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

With both a zoo and an aquarium, there are many things to see. A great place for kids. After the zoo, be sure to take in the five mile drive and Owens beach.

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Tacoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This is a great zoo with new updates happening all the time. Good informative shows, hands on exhibits, and super kids play area as well. The food choices are good with fair prices and yummy ice cream too!

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Tacoma, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Point Defiance Zoo will exceed the normal expectations that you might have of a "local" zoo. In addition to some wonderful animal exhibits, the surrounding acreage is a beautiful escape into nature.

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Tacoma, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Great Place for Kids young & old. Lots to see - has excellent views of Puget sound. Anthonys resturant is one of the best places for Clam Chowder. All amimals are well cared for and are in great view at all times.

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Tacoma, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Thoroughly enjoyable. Great Summer programs in the Arena. The Aquarium is undergoing refurbishment.and will be in a different place within the zoo sometime in the near future. We have zoo memberships otherwise we would find it a bit spendy to take the three grandchildren.

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Tacoma, Washington, United States
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

PDZA is a humble zoo in respects to size and animals. This is great in that it allows a person to leisurely walk through and see everything without stressing. The layout of the zoo is great (especially after the renovation of the new wolf area), there are many green areas where visitors can have picnics (with their own food!). The... More 

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Tacoma, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Our zoo and aquarium offer so much to the visitors. It is truly worth visiting again and again. Every time we visit there is something new to experience.

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