January: it’s wet and cold. But, no worries- there are still plenty of ways to enjoy Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and meet amazing animals!
Warm, Indoor Aquarium
The Pacific Seas Aquarium is indoors and heated and is open year-round. Guests can see hammerhead sharks, green sea turtles, a giant Pacific octopus and a variety of colorful fish and vibrant jellyfish among so many other marine animals. There are even some new jellyfish in 2022 for you to learn about: upside down jellyfish. Like their name suggests, they live upside down with their bell-shape on the bottom while their tentacles face upwards.
Spend time at Tidal Touch Zone, where you can get a hands-on, up-close marine animal experience touching the same tidal creatures you’d find at low tide in Puget Sound. Feel the rough texture of sea stars, the spikiness of sea urchins and the hardness of crab shells. And make sure to get a “hug” from an anemone around your finger!
Plus, when you leave you can tell your friends you’ve visited the only combined zoo and aquarium in the Pacific Northwest!
There is plenty to do at Kids’ Zone! Contact Junction (where the goats live at the zoo) is fully covered and heated. The goats love attention and food and are waiting for you to come feed and touch them!
Nearby, you can explore Animal Avenue where there are more covered areas. See fish, snakes, lizards, insects, frogs and meerkats. See if you can find all three of the meerkats as they pop up and scout outside, then dig and tunnel inside together.
Covered Viewing Areas
Come face-to-face with a tiger or watch the lar gibbons hoot and swing between ropes in the fully-indoors Dayroom in the Asian Forest Sanctuary.
Step inside the Red Wolf Woods covered viewing area and see if you can find any wolves staring back at you. Plus, get a close look at a real wolf skull, pelt and tracking radio collar as you learn about what you can do to help red wolves from extinction.
See seals, sea lions, sea otters and puffins swim in the covered underwater viewing area at Rocky Shores. The seals love to follow you as you walk back and forth!
Meet a Clouded Leopard Cub
Visit the clouded leopard Cub Den and see Rakhan, the adorable 5-month-old cub! Is he snoozing, learning to jump from ledge to ledge, or hanging out with his keepers? Come and watch under the covered viewing area.
Need an umbrella? Rent one at the front gate. You may be asked to leave a piece of ID. Credit/debit cards only, please. Dry off and warm up inside the Plaza Café, where you can order lunch and a hot cocoa.
We look forward to seeing you soon, rain or shine!