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Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

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Closed Now: 09:30 - 18:00
Open today: 09:30 - 18:00
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Well run zoo and accommodations with better than average food service. The new aquarium is going... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Sumner, Washington
The new aquarium is now open

This is a zoo at which you can see all the animals in a half-day visit. It is located on a hill... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Pomona, California
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  • Terrible1%
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“polar bear”(34 reviews)
Treat your family to a special day at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. Where else can you see sea lions and sharks, peacocks and penguins, wolves and walrus, all in one place? The 29-acre Zoo is large enough to offer an awesome array of animals yet...more
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5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407-3224
+1 253-404-3800
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Well run zoo and accommodations with better than average food service. The new aquarium is going to be magnificent! The ZOO LIGHTS every year are great as well as all the exotic animals. We purchased the annual program & our daughter attends a number of...More

Thank NOTCHY1111
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a zoo at which you can see all the animals in a half-day visit. It is located on a hill with the polar bear, walrus, and sea otters at the bottom. The new aquarium is state of the art with videos with additional...More

Thank stucktravel
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to the aquarium and there were very unique animal displays here. They have lots of activities for kids and a show about recycling that the kids appeared to really enjoy. We adults even hung around to watch for awhile. We were a little...More

1  Thank PhyllisK392
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fun zoo and aquarium, not too big but good selection of animals and fish. Staff very nice and knowledgeable. Would rank this up with the Fort Worth Zoo as far a natural surroundings and easily viewable animals.

Thank James M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A family outing in early Aug - from 7yo to 77yo. Got online tickets - so avoided a long-ish queue. Although the scanner would not 'read' tickets on smartphone, the gatekeeper let us through without a fuss. The zoo layout was nice - windy paths...More

Thank Holly-Trav
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great time! The artic fox was very active and was very fun to watch! The only thing that was a little disappointing was that half of the aquarium was closed and the new one wasn't open yet.

1  Thank Nicki P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Absolutely well done Zoo and aquarium, great place for all ages to stroll and see animals in natural surroundings.

Thank BonnieK1069
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Surprise romantic meal with hot coffee. Worth the extra ten min drive on SR509 for a hot breakfast and service. Breita was very nice and was busy but still kept the coffee coming.

Thank Onekrout
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

OMG Amazing place to visit. A must see when you head to Seattle. We have done the Woodland Park Zoo last time but switched it up this time. They have a new aquarium opening on September 7th. The shark tank was awesome. Great section for...More

Thank cassandracop
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This zoo isn't overly large, which is good. The animals have decent enclosures. They try not to exhibit captured wildlife, but either rescued or captive born. The "Wild West" show was entertaining and informative. Overall a pleasant experience.

Thank robin131
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Breann G
23 July 2018|
Response from barbaradW4367OF | Reviewed this property |
Personally, if I was bringing that many kids, I would bring a picnic lunch/snacks. Yes, there is a food court, and several smaller stands around the park that are open sporadically, but more consistently over the summer... More
Deano T
7 May 2018|
Response from Paula L | Reviewed this property |
Most are open and they will be open Mother’s Day. The Aquariums are most affected but parts of each are open. You’ll still be able to see the highlights of both Aquariums last time I checked, a quick phone call there can... More
Andrew N
20 November 2016|
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Response from Denette C | Property representative |
Hi Andrew, our general daytime admission prices are $17.95 for adults, $16.95 for seniors (age 65+), $13.95 for youth (age 5-12) and $9.95 for tots (age 3-4). Children 2 and under are free. We offer discounts for Pierce... More