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Know before you go

Directions & Parking
Rentals & Accessibility
Zoo Rules
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Pick up a visitor map at the front gate, or download the pdf.

Explore our Zoo

St. Patrick's Day at the Zoo
Green treats and fun. Mar. 17
See amazing animals of all kinds, talk to the keepers who care for them, and watch animals enjoy "lucky" treats in honor of St. Patrick's Day!
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Daily Animal Encounters
Meet our family.
Meet a keeper - or a tiger. Watch our animals get food or special care, and ask all the questions you can think of.
See the schedule
Whirl on Our Carousel
Go for a spin.
Take a spin on our vintage carousel! Rides $2 ($1.50 members) during regular Zoo hours.
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Explore Point Defiance Park

Hours, Roads, Trails
Fort Nisqually
Ranger Talks
Trip Advisor - "Excellent"
“Wonderful place to spend the day! Pt. Defiance Zoo is incredible. With tons of interactive things for kids and adults, it is definitely a place you can spend the whole day…They are all about education, environment, and protecting wild animals and their habitats.” – Barbara D., Tacoma