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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

Pacific Seas Aquarium Community Celebration
Animals, arts and more April 1-30
Animal feeds, aquarist dives and talks, filmmakers, artists, speakers, storytelling, hands-on activities and so much more here at the Zoo and around Tacoma, every day through April. Come celebrate!
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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, goats 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