Washington Cascade Mountains and Valleys Travel Guide

Washington Cascade Mountains and Valleys Sights

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

  • 5400 N. Pearl St.
  • Tacoma
  • Zoo/Aquarium

Published 04/05/2016

Fodor's Review

One of the Northwest's finest collections of regional and international species, this winding and hilly site includes tigers, elephants, tapirs, and gibbons in the Asian Forest Sanctuary, where paw-print trails lead between lookouts so even the smallest tots can spot animals. The aquariums are also fun to explore, including a glass-walled, floor-to-ceiling shark tank; seahorse room; touch-tank marine area; and open-topped, two-level Pacific Northwest reef display. Other areas house such cold-weather creatures as beluga whales, Arctic foxes, polar bears, and penguins. Thirty-minute animal shows, run two to four times daily, let different creatures show off their skills. The fantastic playground area has friendly farm animals running between the slides, and seasonal special events include a Halloween trick-or-treat night and the famous nightly Zoolights holiday displays around Christmas. On weekends, weather permitting, camel rides are offered.

Sight Information


Point Defiance Park, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma, Washington, 98407, USA



Website: www.pdza.org

Sight Details:

  • $17.95
  • Closed Nov.–mid-Dec., Jan. and Feb., Tues. and Wed.

Published 04/05/2016


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