Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

5400 N. Pearl St.
Tacoma, WA 98407- Map It
Phone: (253) 591-5337

AAA Editor Notes

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, in Point Defiance Park at 5400 N. Pearl St., is the only combined zoo and aquarium in the Northwest. Most of the zoo's animal residents are native to the Pacific Rim. The 5-acre Asian Forest Sanctuary provides a lush habitat for its denizens, which include Sumatran tigers, clouded leopards, siamangs and Asian elephants. The Rocky Shores habitat is home to seals, walruses, otters and puffins. The Arctic Tundra exhibit features such cold weather-loving mammals as polar bears, reindeer and musk oxen, a shaggy-haired, formidably horned relative of sheep and goats that is native to the Arctic areas of Canada and Greenland. Animal Avenue provides a close-up look at animal homes and communities. The North Pacific Aquarium showcases the myriad marine creatures that inhabit Puget Sound, including sea horses. The South Pacific Aquarium displays tropical fish and sharks. Kids' Zone is a play area for children that has animals from around the world. The Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater features performing animal shows. During the summer visitors can ride a camel or feed budgies (courtesy of a feed stick) in a walk-through aviary. From late November through January 1, evenings bring the Zoolights display with more than 500,000 lights providing the illuminated outlines for life-size replicas of zoo animals. Food is available.
$17.95; $16.95 (ages 65+); $15.95 (military with ID); $13.95 (ages 5-12); $9.95 (ages 3-4).
Hours: Opens daily at 9:30 a.m., Mar. 1-Oct. 31 and mid-Dec. through Jan. 1; Thurs.-Mon. at 9:30, rest of year. Zoolights daily 5-9 p.m., Nov. 24-Jan. 1. Closing time varies by season; phone ahead to confirm schedule. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. Allow 2 hours minimum.