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Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

5400 North Pearl Street, Tacoma, WA 98407
253-591-5337
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Ranked #6 of 34 attractions in Tacoma
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Zoos, Aquariums
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Tacoma, Washington, United States
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

From under the sea to the cold tundra you will see animals that will make you laugh and smile. The meercats alone make you giggle.

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Tacoma, Washington
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This zoo is much much bigger than it seems from outside. Great exhibits that are spread out over a great park like setting. We have taken several out of state guests here and they loved it. Zoo light are especially incredible around the holidays! Go check it out!!

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North Bend, Washington
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW via mobile

The bottom line is that my family and I had a good time at this zoo and aquarium. Zoo experiences can vary greatly depending on how active the critters are and for some reason we caught quite a few of them being really active. The dueling polar bears who wrestled and thrashed in the water for ten straight minutes were... More

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Port Angeles, Washington
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

What a fun place to visit! There were plenty of animals to see - and staff seemed to be around to inform, educate and entertain you as it related to the animals you were seeing. We learned about the Chinese Otters (they are quick!) and we learned that it's the "closing" of the shell on the Aardvark that really hurts... More

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Gig Harbor, Washington
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62 reviews 62 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

Located in Point Defiance, the zoo and aquarium have been around for decades and are well run. Seasonal decorations make going back interesting and seeing the staff interact makes it fun for the little ones.

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Cupertino, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

Point Defiance is a beautiful park on the end of the Tacoma peninsula. The views are breathtaking, plus there is the zoo and aquarium to keep the kids happy, plus lots of picnic areas, a beach and trails. The ferry to Vachon Island leaves from this location; it's a fun trip for sightseers. Some of the facilities are a bit... More

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Reno, Nevada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

Love the zoo, particularly the cat exhibit. Have been coming to Tacoma on business the last 2 years and have loved watching the tigers growing up. And don't miss the Meerkats, your never too old for the zoo.

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Bremerton, Washington
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014 via mobile

We have enjoyed the zoo & aquarium before and the visit to experience Zoo Lights was excellent. They had large and small displays, some of which were very creative and impressive (including a large 3-D tiger face and giant octopus, flying bird, color changing chameleon catching a fly, Mt. Rainier, and even the Tacoma Narrows Bridge). Be prepared for the... More

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Bellevue, Washington
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Saw an ad for a shark tank dive and couldn't resist the experience. Our family of four donned our dry suits, attached our regulators and hopped in a cage in the shark tank. Three of the group were novices to breathing off a regulator but all were comfortable in the water as we enjoyed being eye level with the sharks... More

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Enumclaw, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

This is a very nice zoo to explore during the dry and sunny months and even a lot of fun in December with the lights decorated all over. It is really a quality place with wonderful animals, a great staff and just lots to see and do. We definitely try and make it a habit to go a couple times... More

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