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Plan Your Day

Know before you go

Directions & Parking
Dining
Gifts
Rentals & Accessibility
Zoo Rules
Be eco-friendly

Map

Pick up a visitor map at the front gate, or download the pdf.
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Explore our Zoo

Events
Join in the fun!
Looking for a party? Come on down! From Zoolights to St. Patrick's Day, from tigers to sharks, our events calendar is full to bursting - and most are free with admission.
See all events
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
Gardens
Waterfront
Fort Nisqually
Marina
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