After a year plus of quarantine and a cold winter of being cooped up inside, many families are feeling the need to get outside and do fun activities together, safely! Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium put together a list of 10 family-fun to-dos for your Spring Break, and they all follow the state’s current guidelines to keep your family healthy. Take a look!
Take a Drive on the Wild Side
Northwest Trek Wildlife Park is just 45 minutes south of Tacoma and offers unique experiences to allow your family to get up close to animals like American bison, mountain goats, caribou, bighorn sheep, Roosevelt elk, black-tailed deer and trumpeter swans. The 50-minute Wild Drive allows families to stay in their own car while driving through the park’s 435-acre Free Roaming Area past serene meadows, shady wetlands and green forests. Or, if you’re feeling even more adventurous, sign up for a Keeper Adventure Tour and go off-road in an open-air Jeep with a keeper to search for any hidden animals. Both experiences include admission to the walking paths of Northwest Trek, where you can follow paths that lead you past eagles, a cougar, bobcats, wolves, bears, river otters and more! Bonus: let your children get their wiggles out at Kids’ Trek, a nature-inspired playground complete with ropes, slides, playhouses and a giant climbing tree!
Explore Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium!
See hammerhead sharks, green sea turtles, tigers, gibbons, a polar bear, sea otters and so much more! Point Defiance Zoo has plenty of premiere animal encounters the entire family will enjoy! Try out any one of their Zoo 4 You programs and you’ll leave with a smile on your face and a new appreciation for animals and how the keepers and aquarists care for them. Meet the Groovy Goats and give them the ultimate spa day: brush them, pat them, scratch their eats and feed them! Or take a Wild Zoo Tour with a knowledgeable guide and have the entire zoo to yourself before it opens. Or, for the extra-adventurous, go eye-to-eye with sharks underwater and learn how you can help sharks in the wild.
Discover a Nature Oasis
Visit the Tacoma Nature Center, a 70-acre nature preserve encompassing Snake Lake and the surrounding wetlands and forest. There are more than two miles of soft-surfaced walking trails that wander through the wetlands and forest areas. There’s also a half-mile outdoor access route for wheelchairs. Round out your walk at Discovery Pond, a natural play area for children designed to inspire creative play and environmental learning with features like a tree house, slide inside a hollow log and pond with waterfalls and log crossing.
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