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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 small zoo and aquarium

It's not as extensive as some zoos I've been to, but the layout was good, with great views of the animals and not too crowded (although I went early on a weekday).

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
Malcolm_Heath
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Portland, Oregon
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Portland, Oregon
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

It's not as extensive as some zoos I've been to, but the layout was good, with great views of the animals and not too crowded (although I went early on a weekday).

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Denver, Colorado
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

The Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium will bring you back over and over again. The natural habitats captivate your attention. The seals, walruses, and sea otters are my favorites.

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Chehalis, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Got a membership from my mother for Christmas this past year, and we have been enjoying it. The zoo isn't as big as some others (much smaller than Portland), but it makes up for it by carrying many more local animals as well as just animals that aren't normally carried. The staff (and small size of the zoo) make the... More 

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Manassas, Virginia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

I love going to this zoo. There are so many animals and a lot of diversity. My favorite animal there is the polar bear. I really think you should go of you have an extra day in Tacoma.

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Dupont, Washington
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

This is one of our favorite things to do in the area. It's a great zoo any time of the year. And zoo lights in December is so beautiful!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

As a child growing up and even as a parent in my 20s and 30s I never really cared much for zoos. And then I moved (with my family) from the Midwest to Tacoma, Washington three years ago and I fell in love with Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium (PDZA). For starters, the location is unlike any other zoo I've... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

I grew up going to this zoo, and didn't realize how great it was until I moved away. Came back to visit grandma and grandpa, and took the little guys with us! They had a great time, my oldest loved the aquarium the most. The zoo is well laid out, and doesn't take hours and hours to see everything. We... More 

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Wallkill, New York
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117 reviews 117 reviews
51 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

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
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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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