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Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

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5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407-3224
+1 253-404-3800
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Fantastic Aquarium and Zoo

This is a fantastic zoo and aquarium... if you find yourself in Tacoma be sure to put this on your... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Rick W
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Coulee City, Washington
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Best kid-friendly zoo and acquarium i have been to

I just recently visited the Woodland zoo in Seattle and I believe this one is a hidden gem from the... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Advait6
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Noida
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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 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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  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
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5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407-3224
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is a fantastic zoo and aquarium... if you find yourself in Tacoma be sure to put this on your list of places to see!

Thank Rick W
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I just recently visited the Woodland zoo in Seattle and I believe this one is a hidden gem from the kid friendly outing options available for people in the Seattle area. I am glad someone re ommemded it to me. I have been to many...More

Thank Advait6
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is the best combination of zoo and aquarium that we have encountered in our travels. In addition, there is an extensive garden surrounding the exhibits. Add in the beautiful park and you can make a full day of it.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great time for the whole family. Will be even better when the new aquarium opens! Only downside is all the hills but worth the exercise.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Walked it all, watched the animal show in 5 hours. Some exhibits rotate. Good variety, easy walking, wide walkways. Enjoy.

Thank Brent W
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My top three highlights: -The zoo’s small size is perfect for little kids—very easy to see the exhibits before the kids tire. -The polar bear and walrus exhibits are impressive, rivaling those I’ve seen at the Chicago zoo and San Diego Sea World. -The Gibbon...More

Thank I Mac M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

As Former NY Bronx zoo members, our family admittedly is a bit jaded for zoo experiences. However, Point Defiance Zoo offered a hands-on experience that was intimate and memorable. The gardens are Botanical worthy in and of themselves, and the vista from the zoos locale...More

1  Thank William H
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Reviewed 1 week ago

For children or others who have never been to a zoo before, this one suffices. There are various opportunities to see animals up close as one strolls through the zoo. The grounds are small and limit the design and size of exterior animal enclosures. I...More

Thank Alex E
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The zoo is small with few exhibits but those exhibits are very good. Most impressive is learning how much they did with red wolves (I'm from the South and know about this nearly extinct species). The aquarium though small was super cool. It was better...More

Thank Russell S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So, reviews were a little mixed we still decided to give it a try but most of the unfavrable reviews were correct. 2 adults, $30 with a discount. the parking lot has more ground then the zoo or so it seemed. Very small areas for...More

1  Thank 4fromkansas
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Deano T
8 May 2018|
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Response from Paula L | 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
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Andrew N
21 November 2016|
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Response from Denette C | Property representative |
Hi Andrew, our general daytime admission prices are $17.95 for adults, $16.95 for seniors (age 65+), $13.95 for youth (age 5-12) and $9.95 for tots (age 3-4). Children 2 and under are free. We offer discounts for Pierce... More
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Pineda P
21 August 2016|
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Response from Jim G | Reviewed this property |
Hello, According to their website, the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium is open 9:30am to 4:00pm daily, September 26 - October 31. The zoo is open year round, but in the winter the number of days open are reduced.
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