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Zoo Experience

Welcome Back!

We're open.

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is open with a new Zoo experience that keeps everyone safe. Come reconnect with wildlife, and feel the wonder all over again.

Things have changed – so read carefully to know what to bring and expect. Then get your timed online ticket. We’re excited to see you!

The playground is temporarily closed.

What to Know

Before your visit
Timed online tickets and more.
  • See open hours here.
  • Get a timed ticket online (members too). Choose your entry time, then check your email.
  • Bring your printed ticket or phone to scan at the gate.
  • Entry up to 30 mins after ticketed time. Tickets are non-refundable.
Get tickets
What you'll need
Bring these things!
  • Face coverings required for anyone 5 and over. Learn more.
  • Remember your water bottle (refilling station open at lower restrooms)
  • Bring credit/debit cards for in-Zoo purchases (no cash.)
  • Parking is free.
Your New Zoo Experience
What to expect.
  • Wear your face covering, and keep that 6-foot social distance!
  • High-touch areas are closed for now, including the carousel and playground.
  • Plaza Cafe is open daily with indoor dining at a limited capacity and covered deck seating. Rocky Shores – Swirl is open Saturdays and Sundays.
  • What's open?
    Encounters and Keeper Chats
    You never know who you'll meet.
    Keeper Chats and Animal Encounters will continue at various times throughout the Zoo but will not be scheduled to prevent congestion. Meet our animals and the keepers who care for them. Bring your questions, and remember to keep a social distance!
    Meet our animals

    New Zoo map

    Snap a photo of the visitor map at the entrance, or download it here.



    Buy your timed online ticket.
    More questions? Read the FAQ.

    More Details

    Directions & Parking
    What's Open
    Health & Safety
    Food & Drink
    Rentals & Accessibility
    Be eco-friendly

    Keeping you safe

    What we're doing at the Zoo.
    • Following all current Washington state guidelines
    • Limiting daily attendance with timed tickets
    • Closing high-touch areas
    • All staff members and guests 5 and over wear face coverings
    • Increasing sanitation procedures
    • Hand sanitizing stations around the Zoo, with reminders
    • Visual guides and reminders to social distancing
    • No-touch front gate and restroom entry
    • Plexiglass screens and no cash transactions