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“Lots of animals, smallish zoo”

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
Ranked #5 of 82 things to do in Tacoma
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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.
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“Lots of animals, smallish zoo”
Reviewed June 23, 2013 via mobile

Pretty small in the grand scheme, but a lot of animals and an aquarium thrown in!

The baby tiger cub was CUTE! Didn't get to see the Clouded Snow Leopard cub bc the 1:30 feeding that was advertised had not taken place yet at 1:50 and the area was too crowded to stay there any longer.

Visited June 2013
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“Love this Zoo”
Reviewed June 6, 2013

Think this is the best Zoo in WA. Not a fancy as a "big city" zoo, but you will always have fun & get a good walk in.

Visited August 2012
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Lower Bavaria, Germany
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“Very Nice Zoo.”
Reviewed May 30, 2013

The family and I enjoyed this zoo and decided season pass was well worth it. There's little things that we just loved about it. Peacocks that are randomly walking around, the lemurs in the childrens play place, picnic areas and volunteers that are kid friendly. Awesome experience here.

Visited April 2013
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Tumwater, Washington, Usa
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“zoo lights”
Reviewed May 30, 2013

I love zoo lights. Plus seeing the polar bears come up to the glass is a fantasic sight. The Leamers are also very fun to watch!

Visited December 2012
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Puyallup, Washington
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“This is one of our Northwest Gems”
Reviewed May 27, 2013

Point Defiance is a hidden gem, in that it's an urban park on something like 29 acres of old growth forest. The aquarium and zoo are very well done. See this place at Zoolights around xmas time.

Visited May 2013
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