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Plan Your Day

Know before you go

Directions & Parking
Exhibit Changes
Rentals & Accessibility
Zoo Rules
Be eco-friendly


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

Explore our Zoo

World Ocean Weekend
Dive in. June 1-2
Dive in to experience the magic of ocean life as we celebrate World Ocean Weekend. Watch marine animals enjoy special enrichments and discover how you can help the ocean and its glorious creatures.
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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. NOTE: Parts of Asian Forest Sanctuary and seabirds are temporarily closed as we renovate.
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