Directions & Parking
PEARL ST ENTRANCE:
From I-5 North or South, take exit 132 (Highway 16 West). Exit at 6th Avenue (exit #3) and turn left. Take the next right on to Pearl Street. Follow Pearl Street into Point Defiance Park. Directional signs will lead you to the Zoo parking lots.
MILDRED ST ENTRANCE:
You can also enter the park and reach the Zoo using the Mildred Street Entrance. Follow Pearl Street northbound as directed above. Turn left on North 51st Street and drive to Mildred Street. Turn right on Mildred and follow Mildred into the park. Once in the park, follow signs to the Zoo’s parking lots, which will be on the left.
From I-5, take exit 133 for I-705 and follow signs to Schuster Parkway, then Ruston Way. Follow Ruston Way for 2.8 miles along the waterfront, and at the second traffic circle take the second exit onto North 51st Street. Continue to North Pearl Street, then either turn right for the Pearl Street Entrance or continue straight ahead for the Mildred Street Entrance.
Take the Trolley!
The route 15 trolley runs Fri-Sun from June 1 through September 2. Trolleys leave the Tacoma Dome Station beginning at 10am, with the last one leaving at 8pm, and running through downtown and along Ruston Way to Point Defiance park.
Trolleys depart the Zoo beginning at 10:45am, with the last one leaving at 9:45pm.
Bus or Bike
Find our bike racks on the left side of the entrance.
Bus routes 10 and 11 both stop near the Zoo.
* Discount is valid only for the Orca card holder or helmet owner. Orca cards and helmets are not transferable. Discount is not valid with any other promotion and cannot be used for online tickets, school groups, Zoolights or other special events.