Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Welcome to the Aquariums

• • South Pacific Aquarium

The next best thing to a tropical vacation, the South Pacific Aquarium features dozens of brightly colored tropical fish swimming in the 24,000-gallon Lagoon exhibit. Dive deeper as you explore the Blue Hole, where fish peek at you from their hiding places. Come face-to-face with six species of sharks as they explore their 240,000-gallon Outer Reef environment. Here, you can watch staff biologists feed the sharks.

Can't get enough sharks? Register for an Eye-to-Eye Shark Dive!


• • North Pacific Aquarium

Puget Sound is home to fascinating and beautiful creatures that you can see up close at the North Pacific Aquarium. View Northwest native species, including salmon, rockfish, jellies, bay pipefish, a giant Pacific octopus and more. Enjoy the large community exhibit from above, or explore the lower level of the North Pacific Aquarium where familiar landmarks and marine habitats are portrayed in the Around the Sound exhibit gallery.

Outside the aquarium building, peer into the cool waters of the North Pacific Tidepool to find urchins and anemones.


• • get in touch with ocean life!

Visit the Marine Discovery Center inside the North Pacific Aquarium to discover firsthand what a sea star or sea urchin feels like. Take part in a squid dissection, try on a costume, make a fun art project and learn how we can all protect Puget Sound habitats for the marine life in our own backyards. Open daily from 10:00-3:00.

Feel the soft skin of a stingray at Stingray Cove in the warm lagoon exhibit of the South Pacific Aquarium. There are five species of dinner-plate sized stingrays on exhibit, ranging from highly colorful bluespotted maskray to the mottled yellow rays. Open daily from 10:00-12:30 and 1:00-3:00.