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Zoo Experience

Welcome to the Zoo!

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 timed online ticket. We’re excited to see you!

Plan Your Day

Before your daytime visit
Timed online tickets and more.
  • See open hours here.
  • Get a timed ticket online (members don't need one). Choose your entry time, 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
What you'll need
Bring these things!
  • Masks are required indoors for ALL guests age 5+ during daytime visits. Learn more.
  • Bring credit/debit cards for in-Zoo purchases (no cash.)
Animals and Keepers
You never know who you'll meet.
  • The full schedule of Keeper Chats and Animal Encounters is back! Meet our animals and the keepers who care for them.
  • Tidal Touch Zone is now open for gentle touching (selected hours).
  • Goat feeding is open daily!
Daily Presentations
Play at the Zoo
Playground and more!
Our playground is open! After your visit, explore beautiful Point Defiance Park, with gardens, trails and more.
Explore Point Defiance Park

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

Tickets, 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 in-person contact with timed tickets
  • Masks are required indoors for ALL guests age 5+.