Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Tacoma

4.2
#2 of 10 in Parks in Tacoma
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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  • 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 everyon...  more »
  • Today we visited the new sea aquarium. It was wonderful. There‚Äôs a curved glass, designed for people to lean on, kids to looks around and just enjoy the creatures. There were sea turtles, hammer head ...  more »
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  • Excellent zoo and aquarium! We spent a wonderful afternoon in a park-like setting walking wide, easy to navigate paths, while seeing a variety of animals in habitat style enclosures. Great value. Everything had a wheelchair accessible entrance option. Plenty of shade and indoor exhibits to get a break from the sun. I'd go again in a heartbeat.
  • I love the aquarium however of course it was under construction still! Just my luck. However the handler talks and the center stage shows were really good and they knew their stuff, plus inclusive of everyone despite the largish crowds. The youth volunteers were available for questions too, not buried in their phones or only talking to each other, a nice touch at some of the exhibits. A good family outing!
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