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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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Zoo Lights - Don’t miss it!

Zoo Lights is one of our families cherished holiday traditions. The excitement of entering the zoo... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
tracymI9248TP
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Tacoma, Washington
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Zoolights with a 2 year old

Zoolights has become an annual event for us now that we have grandchildren to take . It is a two... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Philip W
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Olympia, Washington
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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
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Zoo Lights is one of our families cherished holiday traditions. The excitement of entering the zoo at night, all the displays and the shark exhibit- beautiful!!!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Zoolights has become an annual event for us now that we have grandchildren to take . It is a two plus hour romp through lights and animals. The lights are a delight, but the pathway rope lights were the highlight for this two year old...More

Thank Philip W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went last night on opening night to this seasonal event and had such a great time. We arrived close to opening hour at 5:00pm and there were a sea of people. Thankfully somehow, purchasing tickets and entering the park took virtually minutes!! There were...More

Thank Michael B
Reviewed 5 weeks 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 9 November 2017

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 30 October 2017

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 11 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 23 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

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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
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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.
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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.
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