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Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

#5 of 80 things to do in Tacoma Features Animals
5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407-3224
+1 253-591-5337
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very fun day with beautiful views

made a side trip here while in Olympia for a family event. beautiful summer weather - sunny but not... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Orlando, Florida
Pt. Defiance Zoo & Aquarium First Visit

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the zoo and aquarium. We particularly enjoyed the polar bear... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Louisville, Kentucky
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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 2 days ago

made a side trip here while in Olympia for a family event. beautiful summer weather - sunny but not too hot. A good amount of walking but we really enjoyed it. From the meerkats at the beginning to the stingrays at the end, pretty good...More

Thank I1925XRjasonh
Reviewed 6 days ago

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the zoo and aquarium. We particularly enjoyed the polar bear exhibit and monkeys. We attended the show and was not very impressed. It needed to be more about the animals and less about the "Choose to Reuse" theme.

Thank mggentry728
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went with 2 kids aged 7 and 11 and covered the whole zoo in about 5 hours. Today was a day that most animals were not outside or were relaxing. Big construction going on. A new aquarium that opens in 2018 is being build

Thank CarloHelmond
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved the zoo and aquarium. They had a traveling display of art made from trash on display. That was amazing and thought provoking. We saw the whole zoo in 2 hours. It's not huge but they are currently building an addition. The volunteers were very...More

Thank bmergirl62
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We love this zoo. Our trip was designed around going here again! Animal pens are decent and clean. They have a fun playground for the kids also. Only down side was the camel rides are expensive and short. Carousel ride is a much better deal...way...More

Thank Sara F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a great time with your grandchildren at the zoo. You need to have your good walking shoes to visit all the exhibits. I recommend bring your own food and snacks. Food and drink is extremely expensive; case in point two medium bags of cotton...More

Thank onemarcat
Reviewed 1 week ago

Family of older teens and we all loved this zoo. Very nice layout and selection of wildlife. The live shows were not that entertaining, but they had a good message and younger kids seemed to be ok with it. I was a little leery when...More

Thank SuperVacationDad
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A great zoo and so reasonably priced! Lots of different animals and so much to learn. They have a kids area that is awesome for the kids to play and run around. The food at the cafe was delicious. The aquarium was so awesome. We...More

Thank Ciera L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was first time I've taken my kids to the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium. . Overall, we were really impressed and look forward to coming back. It's really the perfect size to spend half a day with the family. We spent about 4 hours...More

2  Thank Vancouver_Roary
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Point Defiance Zoo is a very good zoo in the Tacoma region. It is having moderate variety of animals & a mid size aquarium. The zoo is having exotic animals like Tiger, Elephant which are exotic to this region. The zoo staff are very good...More

1  Thank Venkataraman R
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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.