Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Tacoma

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#2 of 11 in Parks in Tacoma
Must see · Aquarium · Zoo
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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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  • If I had been driving to Tacoma specifically to go to the zoo, I would have been upset....as it was we were in the area on our way home.... VERY disappointed! While the grounds are well done.....the.....  more
    If I had been driving to Tacoma specifically to go to the zoo, I would have been upset....as it was we were in the area on our way home.... VERY disappointed! While the grounds are well done.....the.....  more »
  • We’ve had a zoo membership here for the past 10 years but I think this will be our last one unless things majorly change. The walruses are gone, the polar bears are gone, there’s only one elderly... 
    We’ve had a zoo membership here for the past 10 years but I think this will be our last one unless things majorly change. The walruses are gone, the polar bears are gone, there’s only one elderly...  more »
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  • What a wonderful zoo. Get there early and avoid the crowds. We have been coming for years and the additions, like the new aquarium, are fantastic. My kids have grown up visiting this zoo and it’s still one of our favorite family activities. It seems like the staff really do care for the well being and protection of the animals. Consider a membership if your local. It pays for itself very quickly!
  • Overall it was a lovely experience, though the crowds were a bit much, it was to expected over spring break. The gift shop had decent prices, and the staff was very nice and informative. It is clear all the animals are very well cared for. The only downside is that one of the aquariums is closed for renovation. I would have loved to see it, but what we did see was wonderful.

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