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Zoo Experience

Welcome Back!

We're open.

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is open with an outdoor, one-way Zoo experience that keeps everyone safe. Come reconnect with wildlife, and feel the wonder all over again.

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

Due to recent Covid-19 updates, both aquariums, all indoor spaces and the playground are 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 60 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.
  • Please follow the one-way path (marked with white arrows) around the Zoo.
  • Wear your face covering, and keep that 6-foot social distance!
  • All indoor and high-touch areas are closed for now, including aquariums, underwater viewing, Asia dayroom, carousel and playground.
  • Pick up food or drink to go at our cafe.
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

Follow the one-way arrows!
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 indoor and high-touch areas
  •  One-way foot traffic around the Zoo
  • 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