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Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

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Go and enjoy. I wished I had more time to spend at this incredible place. The price was was better... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Kim E
Fairbanks, Alaska
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Today we visited the new sea aquarium. It was wonderful. There’s a curved glass, designed for... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Billings, Montana
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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 2 weeks ago

Go and enjoy. I wished I had more time to spend at this incredible place. The price was was better than the movie theater. Lots to see. The zoo lights were a bonus and a great idea . They kept everyone in our group interested...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Kim E
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Today we visited the new sea aquarium. It was wonderful. There’s a curved glass, designed for people to lean on, kids to looks around and just enjoy the creatures. There were sea turtles, hammer head sharks and more! There’s a new education center for students....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank candaces0316
Reviewed 23 October 2018 via mobile

Great place to send hours . Very kid friendly! Loved every minute of it!! Offers many educational opportunities. Also has interactive activities.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank kkinsey1018
Reviewed 21 October 2018 via mobile

The new aquarium is great a must see. The kids well love it. The zoo is great plan to spend at least five hours there.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Y2056HVstevenm
Reviewed 17 October 2018 via mobile

On a clear day the views of Mount Rainier were incredible. Beautiful zoo, nice habitats, animals well cared for. New aquarium was lovely- I literally sat down in front of one of the larger aquariums and was mesmerized by the fish. Highly recommend.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank AsheboroCamper
Reviewed 15 October 2018

This zoo has some of the most amazing animals that I have had the ability to see in person. My favorite was the polar bear exhibit- you can get right next to them in the underground area and see them behind the plexiglass. They are...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank curestupidity
Reviewed 15 October 2018

If you love Aquariums, then this is a first-class facility to spend your day. The new facility is a 51 million dollar facility that will not disappoint you. From the moment you walk into the facility, you will be tantalized by what is in front...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank dandreassen
Reviewed 14 October 2018 via mobile

Very disappointed! Went with 3 generations, including pregnant woman and toddler in stroller. Lots of walking with all the switchbacks and beautiful foilage but not a good zoo. Small, crowded exhibits with too many empty. Only one monkey? No giraffes or hippos or lions. No...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Tillie B
Reviewed 13 October 2018 via mobile

My girlfriend and I wanted something to do with her two grandchildren and the sunny dry weather this week seemed perfect for the zoo. We arrived before 11:00 am and ALL parking lots were full. We drove through several looking for parking and finally realized...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank wernemi
Reviewed 7 October 2018

I've been going to this place since I was a kid & it is always fun. Polar bears, tigers, & an awesome new aquarium are just some of the fun things & it was a great place to bring my niece!

Date of experience: September 2018
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Breann G
23 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
7 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
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