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Address: 5400 North Pearl Street, Tacoma, WA 98407
Phone Number: +1 253-591-5337
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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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I've been to the Seattle Aquarium twice and never the Woodland Zoo. My friend's and I were told we could come here and see both the zoo and aquarium for one price. As four adult... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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Post Falls, ID
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

I've been to the Seattle Aquarium twice and never the Woodland Zoo. My friend's and I were told we could come here and see both the zoo and aquarium for one price. As four adult women we enjoyed the exhibits as most of the animals appeared to be happy and playful. They have presentations where you can touch some of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

My sister and I took our children to the zoo this weekend. For a smaller zoo, they do a phenomenal job with education. Every single exhibit had information about the creature you were looking at, where it's natural habit exists, and how you could help protect the species. It's a bit hilly, so be prepared for a little leg work... More 

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Lafayette, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

The tiger exhibit was the best part of the zoo and aquarium. Pretty disappointed in the number and quality of animals having visited other zoos and aquarium around the country. Its really good for kids, but as adults we weren't impressed. Surprised the penguins didn't have a better habitat. Only one fox, one ox, two polar bears, 2 walruses, 3... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

The location is excellent: in the forested area of Pt. Defiance Park with some lovely views of Puget Sound as backdrop. We were impressed with the red wolves and tiger sanctuaries, and the Bamboo/Asian forest. We also like the mission of the zoo, which is conservation of threatened species. Several food places, a nice gift shop, and an amphitheater for... More 

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Bellingham, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

The grounds were great and everything was very clean. The concession staff could be improved. The keeper talks were very informative and engaging! It was a wonderful way to spend the day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

In the area visiting family and took my 3 sons and we all had a blast very friendly staff, clean, easy to get around tons of free parking overall great experience.

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Taylorsville, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

Come here instead of the overpriced Seattle aquarium. The setting for this zoo is wonderful. The park it is in is worth the trip all by itself. This is must cheaper than the Seattle aquarium and has some zoo animals as bonus. Most the of the animals are aquatic at this zoo. (ie polar bears , otters ,seals ,penguins ,etc).... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We loved this zoo! This zoo has a great set up, so much to see! I loved the variety, it was clean, plenty of 'resting' space, the restaurant we got food from was moderately priced and the food was excellent (I'll review separately)! This zoo is much less crowded than other bigger zoos, and seem to really know how to... More 

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Port Orchard, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

3 generations: something for everyone. Plenty of free parking, accessible walking areas, ticket discounts of all kinds, CLEAN areas and restrooms, pleasant personnel, variety of animals (land, sea, and air), well kept animal environments. Bring a picnic or purchase treats there. "The Merry go Round" was a bonus. Nice treat.

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Oak Harbor, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Beautiful grounds, very well kept, easy to navigate lay out. Aquarium was neat and my toddlers loved the touch tanks. Many exhibits were well designed for toddlers to be able to see, a huge plus. Food was limited, you may want to pack a lunch. My only complaint was a staff member in the aquarium education center who I observed... More 

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Additional Information about Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Address: 5400 North Pearl Street, Tacoma, WA 98407
Phone Number: +1 253-591-5337
Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Tacoma
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Monday 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 6:00 pm

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