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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  • So, reviews were a little mixed we still decided to give it a try but most of the unfavrable reviews were correct. 2 adults, $30 with a discount. the parking lot has more ground then the zoo or so it ...  more »
  • Grew up in this area and the zoo is undergoing another renovation. It now feels like a place where you want to be. Excited for the aquarium to reopen in September.  more »
  • This zoo was a bust. Expensive for one, Half the sites were empty and the service at the food stands were ridiculously slow. Don't recommend this place  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!
  • Such smooth paths that easily looped around. No need for any backtracking. A couple exhibits were empty, but I give it to them, upgrading over the next few days. Food at the Plaza Center was good, not negatives there. A lot of staff patrolling and guiding. Loved the remodeling they've done other the years.
  • I've been visiting Pt. Defiance since I was a child. Although, I had not been for years until my most recent visit. The zoo has changed quit a bit and it has changed for the better. I was there for Zoo Lights and not to see the animals, per se. Though, I did manage to get some great pictures of the tigers and a few other animals during my visit. Pt. Defiance is clean and well maintained. It's very accessible to those who do not walk or walk well. There are plenty of attractions and exhibits for all ages. I would highly recommend Pt. Defiance as one of Tacoma's must see locations.
  • Super fun. The exhibits were interesting. The play are for young children was a lot of fun. All three of my kiddos (9, 6, 2) enjoyed that. The touch pool allows you to pet different rays. The keeper talks were informative and friendly. We were able to ask questions. The show was funny and a great way to break up the day and sit down. I'm excited to see the new Pacific exhibit that was scheduled to open this fall.
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