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Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

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Open Now: 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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Surprisingly Very Good Zoo and Aquarium

We were visiting family and went for a visit one Sunday - 4 adults and 3 kids - a very cold... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Whistledown
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San Francisco, CA
Expensive and lots of stairs

This has gotten a lot better in the last few years as they've added exhibits and more organization... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jodi H
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Seattle, Washington
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Treat your family to a special day at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. Where else can you see sea lions 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...more
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5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407-3224
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Reviewed yesterday

We were visiting family and went for a visit one Sunday - 4 adults and 3 kids - a very cold Sunday!! It is not world class place but a very good regional Zoo/Aquarium. Although part of the zoo was closed to repair snow damage...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This has gotten a lot better in the last few years as they've added exhibits and more organization. It's still a lot of stairs and walking, because it's all set on a hill, and it's still expensive for what you get, but the value for...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Jodi H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We always check out good zoos and this one is great. The Elephant talk was wonderful, so informative. All the staff are very knowledgeable and helpful. The Aquarium is fantastic as well.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank peterwZ6364MA
Reviewed January 13, 2019 via mobile

This zoo is amazing . Especially when the lights are up. Bundle up at night to walk . Children love the lights too. During the day the zoo is beautiful too. You can get a family or grandparents pass. There is a play ground and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 276nanaa
Reviewed January 6, 2019 via mobile

Even in the rain, the aquarium and zoo are a fun and friendly way to see tigers, elephants, muskox, meerkats, sharks, otters, walruses, porcupines, puffins, arctic foxes, barn owl, and lots, lots more. I would love to see it for the Zoolights experience, and during...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank BrandonNelson7
Reviewed January 6, 2019 via mobile

We took our small children (2yrs and 4months) to the zoo and aquarium during normal hours and then to the zoo lights after dark. We thoroughly enjoyed both aspects! Plus, they have a small petting zoo of goats and a nice play area with slides...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Kgray310
Reviewed December 31, 2018

This is a fun little zoo with two great aquarium buildings too. We have the yearly membership and visit often. It is rarely crowded during the week, and is a nice place to just go for a walk. If you are in the area, you...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank The253
Reviewed December 26, 2018

The building is amazing, the hands on area is much nicer than in the past which is great for kids. The knowledge of staff is amazing. Overall though wasn't as much as I was hoping it would be.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 681lizs
Reviewed November 25, 2018

Go and enjoy. I wished I had more time to spend at this incredible place. The price was was better than the movie theater. Lots to see. The zoo lights were a bonus and a great idea . They kept everyone in our group interested...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Kim E
Reviewed November 19, 2018 via mobile

Today we visited the new sea aquarium. It was wonderful. There’s a curved glass, designed for people to lean on, kids to looks around and just enjoy the creatures. There were sea turtles, hammer head sharks and more! There’s a new education center for students....More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Breann G
July 23, 2018|
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Response from barbaradW4367OF | Reviewed this property |
Personally, if I was bringing that many kids, I would bring a picnic lunch/snacks. Yes, there is a food court, and several smaller stands around the park that are open sporadically, but more consistently over the summer... More
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Deano T
May 7, 2018|
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Response from paula98359 | Reviewed this property |
Most are open and they will be open Mother’s Day. The Aquariums are most affected but parts of each are open. You’ll still be able to see the highlights of both Aquariums last time I checked, a quick phone call there can... More
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Andrew N
November 20, 2016|
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Response from Denette C | Property representative |
Hi Andrew, our general daytime admission prices are $17.95 for adults, $16.95 for seniors (age 65+), $13.95 for youth (age 5-12) and $9.95 for tots (age 3-4). Children 2 and under are free. We offer discounts for Pierce... More
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