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“Fun, family zoo!”

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
Ranked #5 of 80 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.
Olympia, Washington
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Fun, family zoo!”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

This is a great zoo to visit, especially with younger children. It's not extremely huge so it's easy to walk around within a few hours. The zoo showcases a lot of Northwest native animals as well as a few other fun creatures. There are a lot of fun things for children to do, especially the water area in the summer. The Meercat exhibit is fun!

Visited February 2012
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Tacoma, Washington, United States
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8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Love the animals”
Reviewed October 29, 2012

the animals are well cared for and loved and it shows, they are well fed, calm, and often enjoy showing off for the public. always something happening. Love it.

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Dupont, Washington
Level 6 Contributor
113 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Fantastic Location”
Reviewed October 29, 2012

We have well-used season passes! Definitely getting our $$$ worth. There is a nice play area for the kids, and the park is big enough to keep everyone busy for a few hours.

Visited October 2012
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Tacoma, Washington
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Lot's of fun”
Reviewed October 27, 2012

Place was clean people were friendly animal were well taken care of. Grounds were well attended to. Great place to take kids and adults

Visited June 2012
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Olympia, Washington
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Love This Park”
Reviewed October 18, 2012

Grew up here and spent three to four days a week in the park. Love the aquarium, animals, grounds and more... A great trip for anyone wanting to escape the concrete and plastic in their lives.

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