Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Tacoma

4.2
#2 of 8 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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  • Small and very few animal exhibits. Don't plan on spending more than an hour here. There is not much to the zoo. Most of the exhibits are small and the admission is pricy for the size of the zoo. They...  more »
  • Beautiful setting at Point Defiance, lots of exhibits and docent presentations. Clearly a focus on humane and responsible animal care, and plenty of education about the species in the zoo. A winter Su...  more »
  • We bought the zoo light/ zoo aquarium admission combo ticket for $19 each and it was a tremendous bargain. Our son had been the previous year and told us we had to get there in the afternoon to get pa...  more »
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  • A great place for the family. For years our family has been going to the Woodland Park Zoo (which is another zoo we love) in Seattle. It wasn't til last year that our family decided to try the Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma and I'm glad we did. First getting to the Point Defiance is so it's much easier than getting to the Woodland Park Zoo. Especially if you're staying on the south side of Seattle. The price is about the same as the Woodland Park Zoo and the selection of animals is just as good. The park itself is smaller and if you have little kids that makes it much easier for them to get around. The shows that are provided involve some of the animals at the zoo and are very well done and very entertaining for the kids and adults alike. If you're going to make a day of it the best suggestion I can make to you is to take a picnic lunch. You can go in and out of the zoo as many times as you want during the day and the zoo is surrounded by Point Defiance Park, with plenty of picnic spots to choose from, including ocean views and woodlands.
  • We went there August 21st 2017 for the solar eclipse I have to say we had a great time price for 2 adults and 1 kids $44 we got to see a lot of animals. I really enjoy the view, my girl went in the camel ride for the first time. We eat fish and chips that was great too. What a great day!
  • Smaller and less entertaining than I expected or hoped for. But the grounds are kept nice and they have a great kids area. Food options are not impressive and can be timely. Gift shop was way overpriced.
  • It's a small zoo but has animals most zoos in the US dont have. Only about 8 zoos have walruses. There's also clouded leopards, polar bears, and red wolves that don't show up in most zoos. My kids favorite are the sharks because they get to see their teeth just a few inches from their own eyes. I would give 5 stars if it weren't for the elephants. Just 2 in a very tiny area makes me sad. They need more friends and more room.
  • The zoo and aquarium were okay; though a little over-priced for what you get. The workers were informative and friendly. The cafe however was disgusting. There were about 15 workers or more, most of which were standing around helping themselves to kettle corn with their bare hands while the floor and tables were covered in crumbs, trash, and spilt drinks. I ordered the pesto chicken sandwich and it was disgusting; it tasted like a piece of charcoal between a potato bun. Would not come back.

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