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Pacific Seas Aquarium

Now open!

The new Pacific Seas Aquarium is an underwater delight. Stare at hammerhead sharks or gaze at green sea turtles. Explore Pacific Coast habitats from cold Northwest to tropical Baja California. Find world-class art and a jelly globe. Dive in.

We also have a South Pacific Aquarium, home to massive sharks.

Discover the Pacific Seas

Wander down
in an ocean of discovery.
Start eye-to-eye with sharks, turtles and eagle rays. Wander down the ramps - perfect for strollers and wheelchairs - to find pulsing jellies, scuttling crabs, darting tropical fish. Descend into underwater magic.
Through shimmer
into deep blue sea.
Pass through shimmers of light art. Enter the deep blue of Baja Bay, then pledge to protect our ocean under giant glass jellyfish. Here, ocean and imagination meet.
All our art
Safe aquariums
Know before you go.
We want to keep everyone safe and healthy in our aquariums!
  • Everyone over 5 needs a face covering.
  • Follow the one-way arrows.
  • Keep that 6-ft social distance!
  • Please don't touch the windows.
  • Keep your stroller with you.
  • Learn more

    Explore Habitats

    Baja Bay
    Northwest Waters
    Tidal Touch Zone - TEMPORARILY CLOSED
    Coastal Kelp Forest
    Jellies
    Under the Narrows
    Tidal Surge
    North Puget Sound Color
    Aquarists care
    It takes dedication to be an aquarist, as well as training and time.
    Our aquarists spend hundreds of hours getting to know our animals.
    Feeding sharks
    Using objects the animals have been trained to recognize, each gets its own portion.
    It can take awhile! But the aquarists work patiently until everyone is satisfied.
    Water is life
    Water in the aquarium is pumped straight up from Puget Sound, filtered and warmed through a complex web of pipes.
    After it washes nutrients over our animals, it’s treated and flows back into the Sound – no pollution, no waste.

    Protecting the Ocean

    It takes all of us.

    THE THREAT: Our oceans are beautiful – but they face many threats, from plastic pollution to chemicals, oil, overfishing and acidification. Many of the animals in our aquarium are threatened in the wild.

    TAKE ACTION: But we can help – the ocean is in our hands. Find out what you can do by visiting the Waves of Change gallery inside the aquarium, or exploring our Protecting Wildlife pages.

    Aquarium Stories

    Rockfish Recompression

    Aquarist John Foster cradled the vermilion rockfish gently in two hands, submersed. Anesthetized, it lay still as veterinarian Dr. Kadie Anderson took a quick documentary photo of its eyes, which bulged to each side. Then Foster lowered the fish – now fully awake – into a water-filled container that looked something like sci-fi author Jules … Continued

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    Shark Dives Re-Open

    Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is reopening its Eye-to-Eye Shark Dives on Thursday, Sept. 10, with timed online tickets and enhanced safety protocols designed to help guests connect up close with sharks while staying safe and healthy. Timed online tickets will go on sale Aug. 28. The 60-minute adventure allows up to four guests from … Continued

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    So You Think You Know Shark Teeth?

    Everyone knows shark teeth, right? Those big slathering daggers in scary movies? Uh, no. At least, there’s a lot more to shark teeth than the pop culture stereotypes. Some sharks are enormous – but have the tiniest teeth! Many sharks have different teeth in front compared to the back of their mouths, depending on what … Continued

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    Our Other Aquarium!
    We're lucky to have two aquariums here at the Zoo! Our South Pacific Aquarium is home to massive sharks, plus stingrays and a tropical lagoon. Explore here.