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Reopening the Zoo

Welcome Back!

We're open.

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium have reopened with a new outdoor, one-way Zoo experience that keeps everyone safe. Come reconnect with wildlife, and feel the wonder all over again.

A lot of things have changed – so read carefully and watch the video to know what to bring and expect. Then get your timed online ticket. We’re excited to see you!

NOTE: Both aquariums are now open!

What to Know

Before your visit
Timed online tickets and more.
  • Open 9am-5pm daily (last entry 4pm).
  • 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 is ONLY at 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 to refill. Drinking fountains are closed.
  • Bring your own stroller/wheelchair/scooter if you need it (no rentals.)
  • Bring credit/debit cards for in-Zoo purchases (no cash.)
Getting here
Directions and parking.
  • Use the Mildred St or Pearl St park entrance. Arrive 15 minutes early.
  • Parking is free in the Zoo parking lot.
  • Wait in your car until 5 minutes before your ticket time, then walk down to the gate.
All directions
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!
  • Some indoor and high-touch areas are closed for now. Aquariums now open!
  • Pick up food or drink at our cafe (no outside food except for dietary restrictions.)
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.

zoo map


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 Washington state guidelines
  • Limiting daily attendance with timed tickets
  • Closing some 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