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“ZooLights!!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
Ranked #5 of 76 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.
Virginia beach, va
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2012 via mobile

ZooLights is great! Starts at 5pm and ends at 9pm (i believe) price is great for this small park. The aquarium is really neat! We went in the evening so I'm not sure what animals they have in display during the day. But overall experience was amazing! Had a blast

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Everett, WA
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“Zoolights Another Excellent Display”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2012 via mobile

Zoolights offers a nice evening out. The parking is free and an adult ticket is $8.50 at the gate with a discount if purchased before you go at Fred Meyer (this is the option I would suggest to save time and lines at the gate). There are thousands of lights in hundreds of beautiful displays. There are also several other activities available to the visitor. Camel rides, Carousel rides, goats to pet and feed. The aquariums and the new tiger cub exhibit are open for viewing. It's well worth the price of admission.

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Renton, Washington
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Zoo Lights”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2012

Have enjoyed many trips to the zoo lights at Point Defiance, it never gets old and young and old love it as well. Day or night you will enjoy what they have to offer

Visited November 2012
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Penticton, Canada
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Great fun”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2012

we took our 2 year old here. He loved it, especially the huge shark tanks. It was great value for the money as we got to do both the zoo and aquarium the same afternoon. The play area was nice and clean, lots of things for our little guy to climb on and tire him out. One of the things he liked best was the penny squishing machines, I liked that it was an inexpensive souvenir for him to have.

Visited September 2012
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Olympia, Washington, United States
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“The Christmas lights”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2012

Beautiful but cold - dress for the weather - but worth the visit and the camel ride was really fun! I would love to go and take my grandson this time. We just had a wonderful time - the two of us big kids!

The lights were outstanding and there were paths that allowed you take someone who is wheelchair bound. I enjoyed the experience.

Visited January 2012
Thank Margaret L
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