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Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

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5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407-3224
+1 253-591-5337
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Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Nice place to visit and have a nice walk around very peaceful and loved the wolfs and white foxes... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Nelson A
Unexpected delight!

There's a good mix of indoor and outdoor exhibits, which helps makes this a great option for... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
James M
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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.
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good32%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407-3224
+1 253-591-5337
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice place to visit and have a nice walk around very peaceful and loved the wolfs and white foxes will be returning just for the wonderful atmosphere alone.

Thank Nelson A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There's a good mix of indoor and outdoor exhibits, which helps makes this a great option for partially rainy days. It feels like the Seattle Aquarium + Woodland Park Zoo. Go during the week and you'll have the zoo to yourself. We got to see...More

Thank James M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love this place. As far as zoos go, this one is my favorite. It seems like a lot of care was put into the exhibits for the animals.

Thank Kenneth W
Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

Hands down Point Defiance is better than Woodland park. You see way more animals! Its a small easily walkable zoo with a large variety of animals. The Animals here seem to never be hiding and are always out! They have Shark cage diving by appointment!...More

Thank Morgen J
Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

This zoo is on the smaller side. Which is great! It is easy to navigate and well worth the money spent. There is a large variety of animals and easy viewing. Plus it is just in a beautiful location. Gift shop staff was very nice...More

Thank Amber M
Reviewed 27 September 2017

Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium isn't a very big zoo, yet it is very nicely done. The exhibits allowed you to be up close and personal with many of the animals...especially the walruses and sharks. My wife loved the plants and flowers from around the...More

Thank Philip R
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Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

Went to the zoo with my boyfriend for a nice weekend date day. The zoo exhibits are beautiful and the animals look so happy and healthy. The layout of the park is very easy to follow. Very clean! I was impressed with the cleanliness of...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 23 September 2017

I used to live across the street from this zoo and I went to the zoo almost every afternoon. It isn't the biggest zoo or the zoo with the best habitat, but it is a perfect zoo for kids and for those who want to...More

Thank D C
Reviewed 18 September 2017

I really loved this little zoo. If you're looking for an all day zoo experience with 500 different animals, this is not the place for you. This is a much smaller, more intimate zoo. That being said, it gives you a chance to really hang...More

Thank mme8771
Reviewed 16 September 2017 via mobile

My kids love the acuarium and all the areas, specially where you can feed the animals and the play ground and sprinklers.

Thank paulinaleija
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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
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.