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“Not one of my favorite places” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
5400 North Pearl Street, Tacoma, WA 98407
253-591-5337
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Ranked #5 of 87 things to do in Tacoma
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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.
Gig Harbor, Washington
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“Not one of my favorite places”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013 via mobile

The park is amazing altogether, the zoo is average is some respects. It seems like you do a lot of walking and not a lot of animals. Maybe the attractions are to far apart and the animals are scares. The children's park area was more of an attraction for the kiddos than the entire zoo. Not worth the money spent.

Visited March 2013
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Oregon City, Oregon
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“See Point Defiance Park”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

Don't miss the Christmas lighting! The zoo grounds are turned into a winter wonderland. Dress warmly and enjoy some hot chocolate at the zoo cafe.

Visited November 2012
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“went for ZOO lights”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

It POURED rain the first portion of our visit but I still enjoyed it. The lights are awesome and I loved the indoor aquarium. I have no need to go to zoo lights again but I would be will to go see the animals in the summer.

Visited January 2013
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Denette C, Marketing at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, responded to this review, April 12, 2013
Hi there, If you decide to come back in summer you should have received a discount for general zoo admission on your Zoolights ticket. Hope to see you this summer.
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Spokane, Washington, United States
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“Very good value, the family and I had a great time. Want to visit again”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013 via mobile

My family came to Seattle last year for spring break, we did the City Pass. This year we choose to be impulsive and just do whatever. We decided to go to this zoo because it also has an aquarium. We loved it. The exhibits are nice, the kids learned a lot, and we all had a great time. We want to come back in the summer to see the daily animal show.

Visited April 2013
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Denette C, Marketing at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, responded to this review, April 12, 2013
Happy to hear you had a wonderful time. The live animal show is included with admission and starts Saturday, May 11 and will run through the summer. Hope to see you again!
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Gig Harbor, Washington
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“Great place for kids and adults alike”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

The shark tank is awesome. Our granddaughter loved the polar bear and the walrus who stared at her with his big eye. Food is pricey, so we brought kid-friendly snacks.

Visited July 2012
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Denette C, Marketing at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, responded to this review, April 3, 2013
Thank you for the review! Sounds like you had a great time. The walruses are always so fun to watch.
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