Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Be awed by sea turtles, hammerhead sharks, spotted eagle rays, Japanese spider crabs, jellies and hundreds of other amazing sea creatures in the new Pacific Seas Aquarium at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma’s beautiful Point Defiance Park.

Plus, watch a polar bear at play; see humongous Pacific walruses up close through underwater viewing windows; and enjoy the antics of sea otters in the Rocky Shores area.

Now open with timed tickets, face coverings and other safety protocols. Marvel at majestic Sumatran tigers, Malayan tapirs, curious siamangs and other animals in the zoo’s Asian Forest Sanctuary. Watch an Asian elephant come in every afternoon for her dinner.

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is the Northwest’s only combined zoo and aquarium, and it is home to two aquariums and hundreds of land animals and marine mammals.

In addition to the new Pacific Seas Aquarium, visitors will find another world of sea animals in the South Pacific Aquarium, home to massive, graceful sharks. Marvel at sandbar, sand tiger, blacktip reef and nurse sharks, plus schools of giant silvery trevalle. Adventurous visitors can sign up for Eye-to-Eye Shark Dives to get an underwater view of these sharks from inside their exhibit. Unscheduled keeper chats offer chances to ask questions, observe animal training sessions, and get up close views of interesting animals from all around the Pacific Rim.

Special events throughout the year highlight various animals and provide virtual or safe in-person activities and learning. Check the event calendar at pdza.org to see what’s coming up next.

Come Nov. 27-Jan. 3 for Zoolights, the classic holiday tradition of stunning animal lights displays around the zoo.

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is a place to play, learn new things, and connect with amazing animals. Plus, you can enjoy tasty treats at the Café, book an Animal Experience or let the kids romp in the Kids’ Zone play area. There’s always something new to see and do!

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