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Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

#5 of 79 things to do in Tacoma Features Animals
5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407-3224
+1 253-591-5337
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Pt Def, One of my favs.

The park offers so many features. Really big duck pond at thegrassy boul at the entrance. A gazebo... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Mo S
Spend some time at the zoo

Located above Commencement Bay, the zoo is fun for young and old. It is located on a hillside but... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
TwoRetiredFolk
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5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407-3224
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+1 253-591-5337
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The park offers so many features. Really big duck pond at thegrassy boul at the entrance. A gazebo fronting a beautiful rose garden A domed arbor that blooms in spring until almost fall. A garden showcasing native plants and just north of that a Beautiful...More

Thank Mo S
Reviewed 5 days ago

Located above Commencement Bay, the zoo is fun for young and old. It is located on a hillside but pathways are easy to navigate. They are currently building a new aquarium although the construction didn't cause any problems for visiting the zoo. Parking can be...More

Thank TwoRetiredFolk
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We were on a road trip across Washington and made this one of our stops for my granddaughters. This Zoo was very well kept and clean. The animals were lively. The animal show was on the boring side but appreciated the effort. The petting zoo...More

Thank Dianna N
Reviewed 6 days ago

For a small city - this would be a great zoo - but Tacoma and the surrounding area isn't that small. It seems with all the business and money floating around the area - it could be bigger. Also - with a day rate of...More

Thank GrandpaGrandma44
Reviewed 6 days ago

Came with my wife and 2 children, and another family of 4. I felt the zoo was a bit spendy since they were remodeling some things. But overall, a decent kid friendly aquarium. Some sections rather hard to see some of the animals, but very...More

Thank Jonathan054
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I brought my 2yr toddler here while visiting the area. Lots of great animals several are rescued from circus and other zoos. There were a couple different viewpoints for most of the animals so they were easy to see. The aquarium has an area to...More

Thank Margaret F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place has done a superb job of landscaping to maximize the space and provide for the animals. It may be one of the smaller zoos and aquariums I've visited, but it's well worth the trip. While there, be sure to take the five mile...More

Thank Mark D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The zoo isn't huge, but hills. The aquarium is really nice. Educational and kid friendly. We had a spectacular time!

Thank Nancy B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It was a good day! Lots to see and different varieties of animals. There was quite a bit of walking between animals, however. It was also very wooded, and shaded. So bring a light jacket for all, even in the summer! We plan to go...More

Thank Rojoslover
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The aquarium is great! The zoo has kind of gone down hill over the years. Sometimes you see no animals.

Thank bgardner711
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Andrew N
What are the Prices
21 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
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Pineda P
Are they open all year long? I'm planning to go visit during the month of October.
21 August 2016|
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Response from Jim G | Reviewed this property |
Hello, According to their website, the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium is open 9:30am to 4:00pm daily, September 26 - October 31. The zoo is open year round, but in the winter the number of days open are reduced.
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Pineda P
Are they open all year long? I'm planning to go visit during the month of October.
21 August 2016|
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Response from jonesbrianna645 | Reviewed this property |
They will be open just about all year other than the coldest months of the year because most animals will hibernate. Going in October would be great as long as it doesn't rain and the day is not too hot but not too cold.
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