Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Tacoma

#2 of 10 in Parks in Tacoma
Aquarium · Zoo
Covering nearly 12 hectare (29 acres) on the shores of the Puget Sound, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium houses more than 9,000 animals. Explore the park's wide variety of exhibits divided into themed areas, such as the Asian forest sanctuary, Arctic tundra, red wolf woods, and rocky shores. The 367 different species of zoo residents, many of which originate in the regions surrounding the Pacific Ocean, have lush living areas designed to replicate their natural habitats. Don't miss the multi-level aquarium exhibits, devoted to creatures of the North and South Pacific, including sharks, tropical fish, and a giant octopus. Check the zoo's website for information on special talks and events. Plan your visit to Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Tacoma trip itinerary planning website.
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  • Having tickets designated by time, and the path arrows, made this is safe and convenient way to see the animals and not be stuck in a crowd. The animals were pretty active when we got there - around.....  more »
  • This zoo is substantially smaller than Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo, but it definitely has it's own feel. There is a decent selection of wildlife and the aquarium is absolutely stunning! It can be a...  more »
  • Just bought our annual membership. The new aquarium is awesome! They now have hammerhead sharks with huge stingrays! I love this zoo as it has breathtaking views of the Puget Sound and Mt. Rainier. The staff could've been a bit nicer to some of the volunteers as I overheard one of them getting on to someone about not having a belt or shirt tucked in. But overall I've only had positive experiences here! Highly recommended for a good time!
  • A lovely, educational zoo. Well laid out with beautiful grounds and welcoming staff. Educational talks throughout the day and lots of learning about conservation and sometimes rescue of animals. They have a really fun playground for children as well. Bring a picnic as there are many places to sit and enjoy the park. Outside food is allowed and water refill stations are plentiful. Parking is good and free. The property is a bit steep ( on an incline) yet people on scooters and wheelchairs are able to get around on the many ramps and a few elevators. We spent about 6 hrs there as we wanted to see everything.
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