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Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

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Address: 5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407-3224
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+1 253-591-5337
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Thu - Mon 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Treat your family to a special day at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium....

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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We visit almost every week. It's a great place to take a walk or a class. And we live about 20 minutes away. During the winter months, you virtually have the zoo to yourself... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We visit almost every week. It's a great place to take a walk or a class. And we live about 20 minutes away. During the winter months, you virtually have the zoo to yourself during the week. Get a membership if you live in the area, it pays for itself, even if you only go twice. I've noticed a lot... More 

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Auburn, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited the zoo lights on December 30, 2016. Best display yet! There was something to see everywhere along the paths. Takes about 2 hours to explore so it's just right. Hot drinks and food are available. We got there just after opening at 5, found parking fairly close and no line to get in. By the time we left at... More 

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Yelm, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We go just about every year but this year they did even better displays. The hot chocolate station was open so were both concessions, The aquarium was nice and worm, and happy people working the gift shop.

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Port Orchard, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We typically stop and visit the Point Defiance Zoo a couple times a year. You will have no problem spending a day enjoying all the animals, well put together. The Aquarium is also nicely done.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been to many comparable sized city zoos and left depressed. However, the PDZA is extraordinary in it's spacious exhibits, clear care for the animals, diversity of animals and installations, that we always leave happy and thirsting for our next trip. Also super cool that it is in Point Defiance as it sets you up for an easy day... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been going to Zoolights here for decades. While it is always fun with great displays, this year was somehow way better. One thing they did was switch things around and put displays in new places. Beyond that, there seemed to be new displays too. Simply spectacular. Plus, some of the animals are out and about from the penguins... More 

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Maple Valley, Washington
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went to see Christmas lights at the zoo/aquarium. What an unorganized mess! No parking. No shuttle. No side walks. No lighting. Limited access. Just bring your money. It's a "ZOO" alright. Over an hour sitting in bumper to bumper traffic. Park and walk in 2+ miles. Saw people walking with strollers out in traffic. Just crazy. Never have to do... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2016 via mobile

I know its not peak summer time, amd remodeling is important, but we paid full price to see the animals and a lot of our favorites were closed and that was very disappointing

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temecula ca
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016 via mobile

Their Christmas light display is out of this world! Take the whole family and start a holiday tradition! Bundle up, it's a chilly walk!

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Silverdale, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2016

I recently moved to the area, so I became a member of this place. The zoo is not too big, but still has a nice variety of animals. The zoo does a good job with Red Wolf conservation and breeding. They are also involved with Clouded Leopard breeding as well. The aquarium is divided into the northern Pacific area and... More 

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