Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

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Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, located in Tacoma’s beautiful 702-acre Point Defiance Park, is the Northwest’s only combined zoo and aquarium.

In the Asian Forest Sanctuary, you’ll find tigers, primates, clouded leopards, elephants and more.

In the new Pacific Seas Aquarium, gaze at green sea turtles, hammerhead sharks and eagle rays, touch tidal creatures or explore Puget Sound marine species like giant Pacific octopus.

The South Pacific Aquarium features multiple shark species; adventurous visitors can sign up for Eye-to-Eye Shark Dives to get an incredible view of these sharks from inside the tank.

Arctic Tundra and Rocky Shores exhibit areas feature iconic polar bears, massive walruses, playful sea otters and sea lions, and snow-white Arctic fox.

Daily live animal presentations offer chances to chat with animal keepers, observe animal training sessions, and get a closer look at interesting creatures from all around the Pacific Rim.


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