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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 the South Pacific Aquarium, home to massive sharks and tropical fish.

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. NOTE: Masks required indoors for ALL guests age 5+
All our art
Get an anemone hug
Tidal Touch Zone now open.
Our Tidal Touch Zone is now open daily! Feel the rough texture of sea stars, the spikiness of sea urchins, and the hardness of crab shells…and get an anemone hug around one gentle finger.
Tidal Touch Zone

Explore Habitats

Baja Bay
Northwest Waters
Tidal Touch Zone
Coastal Kelp Forest
Jellies
Under the Narrows
North Puget Sound Color
Giant pacific octopus
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

One Fish, Two Fish…

What better way to go back-to-school than at an aquarium? Here at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, we have two huge aquariums to choose from, with schools of fish to make any Dr. Seuss fan happy! Here’s our version of the familiar classic. Read, then come and meet all the characters in real life, at … Continued

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And her name is…Gertie!

After a week of public voting, fans chose Gertie as the name for the new giant Pacific octopus in the Pacific Seas Aquarium at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. The name was one of six names chosen by aquarists. Over 7,100 votes came in online during the week, and the race was close. Gertie topped … Continued

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Jellyfishing

On an overcast morning, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium’s jelly team readies their boat and heads out into Puget Sound to a cove between Vashon and Maury Islands. The goal: collecting moon jellies. Moon jellies are plentiful in the waters around the Pacific Northwest and the jelly team will try to collect up to 100 … 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.