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Point Defiance Zoo + Aquarium

  • 5400 N Pearl St
  • Tacoma, WA 98407
  • (253) 404-3800
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Acclaimed zoo + aquarium featuring polar bear, sharks, elephant, tigers, clouded leopards & more! Meeting facilities available. Opens daily at 9:30 a.m. and closes from 4 to 6 p.m. seasonally (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays Oct-Feb except during winter break). Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is large enough to offer an awesome array of animals yet small enough to let you get really close to them. It's fun and affordable AND offers breathtaking views of Puget Sound, Mount Rainier and the Cascade Mountains! At the only combined zoo and aquarium in the Northwest, you'll see sea turtles and sharks, peacocks and penguins, wolves and walrus, all in one place. Visit the Asian Forest Sanctuary. Eight vanishing Asian species, including tigers and primates, inhabit this mysterious, multi-acre forest. The Zoo's Asian elephant also takes refuge here.

Warm up in our South Pacific Aquarium, where you can see sharks, fish, stingrays and much more. Want to find out what a 4,000 lb. walrus eats for lunch or have a bird fly over your head? Zookeepers give regular unscheduled talks about the animals that live at the Zoo. Experience a close encounter. Our keepers often roam the grounds, taking animals on strolls so you can see them up close. Who knows? You might run into an anteater on your way to see the polar bears!

At the new Pacific Seas Aquarium, gaze at green sea turtles, hammerhead sharks and eagle rays, plus a wealth of other warm- and cold-water creatures. 

Come for Zoolights, the annual holiday lights tradition Nov.-Jan. See website for details.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, some indoor and high-touch exhibits are temporarily closed. Learn about conservation. The Zoo is a national leader in captive breeding and reintroduction efforts for the endangered red wolf. We also work to help several other endangered species such as Asian elephants and clouded leopards. Enjoy these additional visitor services: picnic areas, Assisted Hearing Devices, first aid and FREE parking.

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  • Meeting Rooms4
  • Largest Room200
  • Breakout Rooms 3
  • Classroom100
  • Banquet200
  • Theatre300
  • Reception300
  • Exhibit space1
  • Internet Capable Yes
  • Wifi Capable Yes