Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium

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Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium showing marine life

Visit a red wolf habitat, watch polar bears swim and see elephants in a simulated forest environment at this unique zoo and aquarium.

The Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium is home to one of the Northwest's most comprehensive collections of regional and international animals. Learn how this unique facility has helped to save the country’s red wolf population. Explore exhibits that recreate environments in Southeast Asia, the Arctic tundra and the Andes Mountains. Touch stingrays and small sharks in the South Pacific Aquarium.

Stop at the zoo’s Arctic Tundra exhibit to see polar bears swimming in a saltwater pool. This exhibit simulates a coastal environment similar to Point Hope in Alaska. Look for Arctic foxes, large muskox and reindeer.

The Asian Forest Sanctuary is an incredible 5-acre (2-hectare) complex that recreates a southern Asian environment. Head to one of the many viewing points to look for clouded leopards, a type of wildcat naturally found in the Himalayan foothills. Spot white-cheeked gibbons, Malayan tapirs and Indian crested porcupines.

Watch brightly colored fish swimming in the facility’s massive South Pacific Aquarium and catch one of the daily shark-feeding sessions. Find the North Pacific Aquarium to see ratfish, salmon and jellyfish. Interact with more than 100 budgies in the open-air, walk-through Budgie Buddies exhibit and go for a fun camel ride.

Learn how the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium was instrumental in the recovery of the red wolf, which was facing extinction in the late 20th century. Due to ongoing efforts by this facility and other organizations, the red wolf population has grown from 14 to over 250.

Visit during the holiday season to see the zoo’s famous Zoolights event, during which over half a million lights illuminate the grounds. The decorations include 3-D animal light displays, such as a 22-foot (7-meter) wide rock crab.

The remarkable Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium is located within Point Defiance Park, about 7 miles (11 kilometers) from the center of Tacoma, Washington. Ample parking is provided at the facility as well as next to the Point Defiance Park entrance.

Get up-close with more than 300 different animal species at this imaginative zoo and aquarium.

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Secret Garden Bed & Breakfast
Secret Garden Bed & Breakfast
3 out of 5
1702 Narrows Drive, Tacoma, WA
The price is NT$3,380 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 23
Located in West End, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of Tacoma Musical Playhouse and Tacoma Narrows Bridge. Titlow Park and 6th Ave are also within ...
4.2/5Excellent! (133 reviews)
"We were there for only sleep as we got in late and departed at the crack of 830am. It was comfortable and the other guest was quiet. Jerry was very nice yet we were unable to meet Patty."

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The INN at Gig Harbor
The INN at Gig Harbor
3 out of 5
3211 56th St. NW, Gig Harbor, WA
The price is NT$3,714 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Grandview Forest Park, Skansie Brothers Park, and Harbor History Museum. Performance Golf Center ...
4.3/5Excellent! (986 reviews)
"Clean and kind"

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Hotel Murano
Hotel Murano
4.5 out of 5
1320 Broadway Plaza, Tacoma, WA
Fully refundable
The price is NT$4,450 per night from Oct 11 to Oct 11
Located in Downtown Tacoma, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center, Pantages Theater, and Tacoma Art Museum. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (958 reviews)
"Convenient location, friendly staff, nice amenities. They only provide maid service if you request it a day ahead of time. The room was nice, great views and a fair price."

Reviewed on 2021/9/8

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Secret Garden Bed & Breakfast
Secret Garden Bed & Breakfast
3 out of 5
1702 Narrows Drive, Tacoma, WA
The price is NT$3,380 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 23
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The INN at Gig Harbor
The INN at Gig Harbor
3 out of 5
3211 56th St. NW, Gig Harbor, WA
The price is NT$3,714 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
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4.5 out of 5
1320 Broadway Plaza, Tacoma, WA
The price is NT$4,450 per night from Oct 11 to Oct 11
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Best Western Wesley Inn & Suites
2.5 out of 5
6575 Kimball Drive, Gig Harbor, WA
The price is NT$4,465 per night from Oct 5 to Oct 5
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