Point Defiance Park Zoo
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
This Zoo is large enough to offer an awesome array of animals yet small enough to let you get really close to them. It’s fun and affordable AND offers breathtaking views of Puget Sound, Mount Rainier and the Olympic Mountains!
Come explore the only combined zoo & aquarium in the Northwest. You’ll see seahorses and sharks, peacocks and penquins, wolves and walrus, all in one place.
Visit the Asian Forest Sanctuary. Eight vanishing Asian species, including tigers and primates, inhabit this mysterious, multi-acre forest. The Zoo’s Asian elephants also take refuge here.
Watch an animal presentation. Want to find out what a beluga whale eats for lunch or have a bird fly over your head? Zookeepers give regular talks about the animals that live at the Zoo. Make sure to pick up a printed schedule as you enter the gates to see what’s happening during your visit.
Experience a close encounter. Our keepers often roam the grounds, taking animals on strolls so you can see them up close. Who knows? You might run into an aardvark on your way to see the polar bears!
Wander through our seahorse exhibit. Join a potbelly seahorse in discovering seahorses, trumpetfish, angelfish and other fascinating sea creatures. “Once Upon a Tide” tell a story both children and adults enjoy.
Learn about Conservation. The Zoo is a national leader in captive breeding and reintroduction efforts for the endangered red wolf. We also work to help several other endangered species such as Asian elephants and clouded leopards.
Enjoy special visitor services. Gift shop, cafés, stroller, wheelchair & umbrella rentals, picnic areas, Assisted Hearing Devices, first aid and FREE parking.