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Point Defiance Park

Features Animals
5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407-3224
+1 253-305-1030
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Better than other WA Zoos

Still better than any other zoo in Washington State but was a little disappointed this time. Came... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Seattle, Washington
via mobile

We drove through the park, stopping at Owens Beach and the Rose Garden. The park is beautiful, and... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Port Charlotte, Florida
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Scenic park offering more than 700 acres of woodland trails, gardens and waterfront views, along with a zoo and aquarium.
  • Excellent77%
  • Very good20%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407-3224
+1 253-305-1030
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Still better than any other zoo in Washington State but was a little disappointed this time. Came on a Saturday and ALL of the food stands except for one were closed. We came just after feeding time so lots of the animals were taking their...More

Thank mkirch1250
Reviewed 5 days ago

We drove through the park, stopping at Owens Beach and the Rose Garden. The park is beautiful, and well worth seeing. The raccoons stand next to the road begging for food, so people must not read the signs saying "Do Not", but they're cute.

Thank JohnP13147
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a can't miss park. It's near the end of Ruston Way, which is also a beautiful drive. The park is free and so is the parking. The aquarium and fort charge a fee but it is very educational.

Thank Robin L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Be sure to do the drive around the park, we saw lots of wild life. Also stopped on the beach on the drive, which has a great view.

Thank D B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you’ve only visited the zoo on hot summer days when the animals are sleepy, try visiting in October. The animals were active in every corner and were quite entertaining for the grown ups and kids (ages 5 - 10) No crowds meant we didn’t...More

Thank TravelerLynette
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the best medium sized city parks in the country. Within it's borders a well stocked zoo and acquarium, a full size replica of a Hudson bay outpost (fort), outstanding boat house with boats for rent and boat elevator whic the children love to...More

Thank Clarence G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have lived in Tacoma for over 30years and Pt. Defiance has always been a big part of that experience. The trails and facilities are well maintained. It is a great place to go for a short walk or a long hike, you decide. I...More

Thank barbaradW4367OF
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Point Defiance is just across Puget Sound from our home and this picture looks at us. It is a lovely park and well used. Really fun with family and individuals. Enjoy the park and the beaches

Thank Wayne G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This park is fantastic! The zoo was great with a huge variety of animals and sea life. There is also a beach, and tons of hiking. It's a wonderful place to come and hang out for the whole day.

Thank lizcarl
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We rode through the park and walked along the water. Such a pretty park. Just did not have long enough to visit.

Thank Charlenebullock
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Rachel K
14 August 2017|
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Response from chaslin19 | Reviewed this property |
Should be nice, but although they are having a warm rain free summer, some rain any month is the norm, so check out the forecast on accuweather before you go so you are prepared.
Ryan J
8 April 2017|
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Response from Metro Parks T | Property representative |
Historically, we have had red foxes living in the park, but regulars have said there have been fewer sightings in recent years. They are extremely elusive, nocturnal animals. There are no particular locations in the park... More
Margie B
9 August 2016|
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Response from BajaBadBoy | Reviewed this property |
Edward Otto Schwagerl and Ebenezer R. Roberts laid out the original plans and were influenced by Frederick Law Olmsted. Larry Krackle, Landscape Architect.