Directions to the Zoo

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in north Tacoma is just 40 miles south of downtown Seattle and 30 miles from SeaTac Airport.

Address: 5400 N. Pearl St. Tacoma, WA. 98407

Parking is FREE!

The Zoo is located:
  • 40 miles from Seattle/Bellevue; 1 hour drive
  • 103 miles from Port Angeles; 2 hour drive
  • 148 miles from Portland; 2½ hour drive

From Interstate 5

Take Exit 132 (Highway 16 West). Exit at 6th Avenue (exit #3) and turn left. Take the next right on to Pearl Street. Follow Pearl Street into Point Defiance Park. Directional signs will lead you to the Zoo parking lots.

Alternate Park Entrance
You can also enter the park and reach the Zoo using the Mildred Street Entrance. Follow Pearl Street northbound as directed above. Turn left on North 51st Street and drive to Mildred Street. Turn right on Mildred and follow Mildred into the park. Once in the park, follow signs to the Zoo's parking lots, which will be on the left.