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Zoo Experience

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 here.
  • 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 New Walruses
Balzak and Lakina

Walruses Balzak (pronounced bell’-zik) and Lakina (pronounced la-kee’-na), born just weeks apart, have been together their entire lives. Lakina is inquisitive and curious while Balzak is more reserved and patient. Both quick learners. Meet them at our Rocky Shores habitat.

Rocky Shores
Play at the Zoo
Playgrounds and more!

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

Explore Point Defiance Park

Zoo Map

Pick up our guest map at the entrance, or download it here!


Buy your online ticket.

More Details

Tickets, Directions & Parking
Safety Rules
Food & Drink
Rentals & Accessibility
Be eco-friendly