Day Trip: Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

A couple of weeks ago, I took a trip down to Tacoma for a walk around Point Defiance Park and to visit the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.  It was drizzling and cold, but I had most of the day to burn while anxiously waiting for the Seahawks game to start, so I bundled up and headed south.

If you haven’t visited the zoo and aquarium in Tacoma, you should-it’s a delight!  The zoo is smaller than Woodland Park Zoo, but there are plenty of animals and marine creatures to keep you entertained for at least a couple of hours.  There are also several daily talks, and a children’s area if you bring the kids and they still have some energy to burn.  In addition to visiting all of the animals, I watched the daily shark feeding and a presentation with the polar bears, as well as got hands-on to pet stingrays, sharks, and goats.  If you want an experience that’s even more immersive, you can try the Shark Dive; it’s $75, for ages 8 and up, and seems to be a good deal considering that swimming in a tank full of sharks is a rarity.

Given that it is winter (and perhaps because it was Seahawks game day), the crowd was small.  I have been here in the past during the summer, which can definitely get more crowded.  But on this visit, there was plenty of time to enjoy each exhibit without having to fight for a good view.  I spent lots of time with the tiger cubs, walruses, polar bears, and sea otters (they are the cutest!).

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

While you’re in the area, take a drive/bike ride/walk around the 5-mile Drive (in Point Defiance Park), or explore the Ruston Way, Old Town, and Proctor neighborhoods in Tacoma’s northern end of town.

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