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“Grandkids Love It”

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
Ranked #5 of 82 things to do in Tacoma
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed May 7, 2012

It has been a while, but my grandkids always have a wonderful time there.

Thank Quiltaway
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Reviewed May 6, 2012

This is one of the best zoos anywhere. Spacious and realistic settings for the animals, unlike the old zoos. Mostly Pacific Rim displays.

Thank Barbara H
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Reviewed May 5, 2012

Point Defiance in the summer is a wonderful place for families to stroll and watch the active animals. "Zoo Lights" at Christmastime adds a whole different and exciting dimension. Children of all ages love this park!

Thank LuvTravel925
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Reviewed April 29, 2012

walrus are amazing! great garden just before. very comfortable for baby carts

Thank someone_from_redmond
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Reviewed April 26, 2012

It is a smaller zoo and sometimes you dont get to see all the animals depending on what time you go. It is very clean. Plan to eat before you go as it is very expensive once you are inside. Bring quarters to feed the goats if you have children! Visit zoo lights during the holiday season, it is spectacular! Love this zoo.

Thank Kelsey F
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