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Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

#5 of 82 things to do in Tacoma Features Animals
5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407-3224
+1 253-591-5337
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If you want animals go to Seattle

If you want to see animals, go to Seattle. If you want to have a good time walking in a park with... read more

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We found ourselves in Tacoma for the day and were just looking for a few hours diversion. I didn't... read more

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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.
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good31%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407-3224
+1 253-591-5337
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

If you want to see animals, go to Seattle. If you want to have a good time walking in a park with paid admission, this is the place to be. After our visit we felt lacking. There is a real lack of animals to see....More

Thank SergeGTS
Reviewed 3 days ago

We found ourselves in Tacoma for the day and were just looking for a few hours diversion. I didn't expect much from this place but it met and exceeded all of our expectations. They've managed to pack so much in to their small space. We...More

Thank Beth P
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This probably the BEST zoo in Washington State. The main reason for this is they've embraced the fact it's a Pacific Northwest zoo and that animals that a live in this and similar climates are the best choice for the exhibits. So unlike other zoos...More

Thank mkirch1250
Reviewed 6 days ago

This zoo provided beautiful habitats and paths from one exhibit to the next. Not a lot of animals but great views of the ones we saw. My wife actually liked this zoo better than its neighbor, the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle. The food was...More

Thank srobby
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a smaller zoo, and looks to need some improvements. The parking was free once we found the overflow parking it was a bit of a walk. Free is good. That was a plus. But admission was expensive for the size of the attractions....More

Thank TravelBug9191
Reviewed 1 week ago

Love bringing my kids to this zoo. It has a lot to offer...wonderful tiger enclosure, the critter show is fantastic, fun and interactive for the kids, very informational. Kids love the camel rides and the wildlife running around on the grounds.

Thank Tracy B
Reviewed 1 week ago

I visit zoos all over the world, and the Point Defiance Zoo is doing some incredible stuff at their zoo. This zoo is beautifully located in the Point Defiance Park, and has an amazing collection of animals, with zoo keepers that are clearly passionate about...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

My favorite portion of the Zoo/Aquarium is the South Sea exhibit. The kids always get a kick out of watching the fish swim overhead as you walk down into the grotto where the larger sharks are kept. There is an area that kids can touch...More

Thank Marshall C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Surprisingly efficient use of space to present Pacific Northwest land and sea animals. Impressive landscaping with beautiful trees and flowers were an added bonus. Don't miss it if you're visiting Tacoma!

Thank OmaMerle
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

With a wide range of animals and sea creatures, the entire family will enjoy a visit. Whether you're interested in watching monkeys, the walrus or sticking with the aquarium, plan to spent several hours here. During the winter season, don't miss the opportunity to enjoy...More

Thank CMN14
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Andrew N
20 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
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.
Pineda P
21 August 2016|
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Response from jonesbrianna645 | Reviewed this property |
They will be open just about all year other than the coldest months of the year because most animals will hibernate. Going in October would be great as long as it doesn't rain and the day is not too hot but not too cold.