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Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma, WA



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Featured Event

Zoo Boo

Animals, Nature, For the Family

Join us for a fun, fall-themed weekend as our animals experience special pumpkin enrichments.


• Sat 10/12/19 - Sun 10/13/19 at 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Other Upcoming Events

Sharks & Rays!

Animals, Nature, For the Family

Sharks, sharks, sharks! We have hammerheads and eagle rays in our Pacific Seas Aquarium, 16 beautiful sharks in the South Pacific Aquarium, and touchable sharks and rays at Stingray Cove. Come meet them all.


• Sat 7/13/19 - Sun 7/14/19 at 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM

World Tiger Weekend

Animals, For the Family, Nature

We have four tigers here at the Zoo, and this weekend we're celebrating all of them! Enrichments each day, with keepers chatting about what they do and every tiger out to play.


• Sat 7/27/19 - Sun 7/28/19 at 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM

End of Summer Blast

Animals, Nature, For the Family

Join animals around the Zoo in an all-weekend celebration jam-packed with cool activities - literally. Watch our animals play with icy treats and summery enrichments.


• Sat 8/31/19 - Mon 9/2/19 at 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM

Wolf Awareness Weekend

Animals, For the Family, Nature

Saved from near-extinction, red wolves aren't just beautiful - they're an American icon. Meet ours, talk to their keepers and discover these graceful, loping animals with hands-on activities, enrichments and more.


• Sat 10/19/19 - Sun 10/20/19 at 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM


Animals, Holiday

Magical lights displays and a holiday tradition. See the Zoo transformed into a colorful winter wonderland with over 700,000 lights. The holiday spirit comes aglow in this magical world of dazzling 3-D animal light displays. (Closed Dec. 24.)


• Fri 11/29/19 - Sun 1/5/20 at 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM