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Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

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Closed Now: 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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A very nice visit to the zoo/aquarium on a cloudy day!

We came early before the crowd and were able to visit the many areas of this spot. We walked... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Even in bad weather, the Zoo and Azuarium are AWESOME!

We've been to Pt. Defiance many times, but today was a "Tacoma Resident Free Day." We couldn't miss... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Scott M
Tacoma, Washington
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Treat your family to a special day at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. Where else can you see sea lions 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...more
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5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407-3224
+1 253-404-3800
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We came early before the crowd and were able to visit the many areas of this spot. We walked through the Asian Forest Sanctuary and saw elephants, tigers, clouded leopards and camels(camel rides available). At the South Pacific Aquarium, one can tough the stingrays andiron...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank PepperNewJersey
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We've been to Pt. Defiance many times, but today was a "Tacoma Resident Free Day." We couldn't miss that opportunity. My wife and I wondered over around lunch time. We planned it perfect! We caught one of the keepers feeding the tigers, and learned alot...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Scott M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We love the Point Defiance Zoo Lights! We have went the last couple years and it is always worth the 2 hour trip to get there. Beautiful!!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank GladsOlympia
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Two excellent aquariums in the Seattle-Tacoma area, lucky residents! We were visiting relatives in the Gig Harbor area, and spent the day here at the Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma, because why drive all the way to Seattle if you're in Gig Harbor for a...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank lexmiller
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were visiting family and went for a visit one Sunday - 4 adults and 3 kids - a very cold Sunday!! It is not world class place but a very good regional Zoo/Aquarium. Although part of the zoo was closed to repair snow damage...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Whistledown
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This has gotten a lot better in the last few years as they've added exhibits and more organization. It's still a lot of stairs and walking, because it's all set on a hill, and it's still expensive for what you get, but the value for...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Jodi H
Reviewed 2 February 2019

We always check out good zoos and this one is great. The Elephant talk was wonderful, so informative. All the staff are very knowledgeable and helpful. The Aquarium is fantastic as well.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank peterwZ6364MA
Reviewed 14 January 2019 via mobile

This zoo is amazing . Especially when the lights are up. Bundle up at night to walk . Children love the lights too. During the day the zoo is beautiful too. You can get a family or grandparents pass. There is a play ground and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 276nanaa
Reviewed 7 January 2019 via mobile

Even in the rain, the aquarium and zoo are a fun and friendly way to see tigers, elephants, muskox, meerkats, sharks, otters, walruses, porcupines, puffins, arctic foxes, barn owl, and lots, lots more. I would love to see it for the Zoolights experience, and during...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank BrandonNelson7
Reviewed 7 January 2019 via mobile

We took our small children (2yrs and 4months) to the zoo and aquarium during normal hours and then to the zoo lights after dark. We thoroughly enjoyed both aspects! Plus, they have a small petting zoo of goats and a nice play area with slides...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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26 February 2019|
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Response from BonnieK1069 | Reviewed this property |
Yes they should be no problem as long as you respect others and don't block viewing and pathways.
24 July 2018|
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Response from barbaradW4367OF | Reviewed this property |
Personally, if I was bringing that many kids, I would bring a picnic lunch/snacks. Yes, there is a food court, and several smaller stands around the park that are open sporadically, but more consistently over the summer... More
Deano T
8 May 2018|
Response from paula98359 | Reviewed this property |
Most are open and they will be open Mother’s Day. The Aquariums are most affected but parts of each are open. You’ll still be able to see the highlights of both Aquariums last time I checked, a quick phone call there can... More