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Welcome to the Zoo!

We can't wait to see you.

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium connects you with animal wonder and experiences. Please read carefully to know what to bring and expect. Then get your online ticket. We’re excited to see you!

Most animal habitats are open today. Learn more about temporary exhibit closures.

Plan Your Day

Before your daytime visit
Online tickets and more.
  • See open hours.
  • Get an online ticket and then check your email.
  • Bring your printed ticket or phone to scan at the front gate.
  • Tickets are non-refundable. Parking is free.
Get tickets
Animals and Keepers
You never know who you'll meet.
  • Meet our animals and the keepers who care for them.
  • Our Tidal Touch Zone in the Pacific Seas Aquarium is open daily for gentle touching.
  • Goat encounters are also open daily.
Daily Presentations
Meet the Polar Bears
Astra and Laerke

Twin polar bear cubs Astra and Laerke (pronounced LAIR-keh) are settled into their home in our Arctic Tundra habitat. They love to swim, splash and explore.

Arctic Tundra
Play at the Zoo
Playgrounds and more!

Our playgrounds and carousel are open! After your Zoo visit, explore beautiful Point Defiance Park, with gardens, trails, beaches and more.

Explore Point Defiance Park

Zoo Map

Download the map of your choice or pick one up at the front gate!

pdza map 2024


Buy your online ticket.

Skip the lines and save money when you purchase your tickets online!

More Details

Tickets, Directions & Parking
Safety Rules
Food & Drink
Rentals & Accessibility
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