Point Defiance Zoo is a unique blend of animals. You’ll see the aquarium, along with sharks, reptiles and seals that can either frighten or amaze every person that comes to this easy to locate, zoo. What is Point Defiance Zoo?
Fort Nisqually is one of those amazing things that can give us a look back in time when the Pacific Northwest was still “in the raw” with developing settlements. It’s very worth while to consider stopping there and learning of it’s living history.
There is much more to see and enjoy throughout the Point Defiance Park. Regardless of the time of year, you’ll find yourself in a different setting. Spring, you’ll be amazed with the blooming flowers, along with leafy trees.
Summer, the paved trails throughout the park make it great for families. Even those with small children or toddlers in strollers. If you do decide to hike the trails, then be sure and take in the beach front.
Just be sure to drive down to the water as the hike back up to the main road can be a challenge. You’ll see for miles, out over the water and enjoy the folks on shore going about their routines of barbecue cook-outs.
What To See First
I would suggest that you get a Point Defiance Park Map. If you are driving or perhaps riding a bicycle, why not go through the entire park first. Then you’ll have an overall view and idea, of what the park is all about.
Fort Nisqually is one place that you’ll definitely want to stop and walk through. I’ll put up another blog page just on that aspect of the park soon.
Point Defiance Zoo Hours
Daylight savings has to play a part in the opening and closing times of the zoo. The following schedule is the Point Defiance Zoo’s normal operations throughout the year.
Jan – Apr Hours are : 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
May – Sep Hours are : 9:30 am to 5:00 pm and sometimes till 6:00 pm
Oct – Dec Hours are : 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
Point Defiance Zoo Admission
Prices vary according to one’s age. Here are the general guidelines for entrance to the zoo.
Two years and under…Free
Three and Four years…$8.75
Five through Twelve years…$13.00
Thirteen through Sixty Four years…$17.00
Over Sixty Five years…$16.00
Be sure and ask about the group discount if you come in as a family or with friends.
Point Defiance Zoo address : 5400 North Pearl Street Tacoma Washington 98407
One more thing to keep in mind is that all zoo parking is FREE !
Swim With The Sharks
If you are like most people, we are entranced with the power, and ferocity of sharks, especially the monstrous Great White Shark. As long as they are in the open ocean, and we are on dry ground, we are not overly concerned with what they do.
But…have you ever considered “swimming” with these monsters? This unique aquarium has made it possible for anyone to do so. Whether we are a seasoned certified scuba diver, or a novice, we can “swim” with the sharks.
Certified divers can use the scuba equipment on hand while those of us (including me) don the underwater “dry diving suit” that go right over our street clothes. Nothing gets wet but our face, hands and hair.
Oh, yes, and one more thing to keep in mind for the adventurous soul. Novices (like me) are placed in a shark cage that is then lowered into the shark pool. Whew ! I was getting a bit nervous there for a few seconds. 🙂
Hotels Near Point Defiance Zoo
So you’ve decided to come see the zoo and aquarium have you? Then you’ll need a place to stay while you are visiting the Greater Seattle/Tacoma area. Here are a few hotels along with address’ and prices. This will make it easy for you.
Rodeway Inn 3100 Pacific Highway East Wa 99, Fife Wash. $57.
Days Inn located at the Tacoma Mall area… 6802 Tacoma Mall Blvd, Tacoma Wash. $54.
Travelodge of Fife 3518 Pacific Highway East, Fife Wash. $64.
Econo Lodge Fife 3501 Pacific Highway East, Wa. 99 Fife Wash. $50.
Days Inn Fife 5601 Pacific Highway East, Wa. 99, Fife Wash. $90.
Holiday Inn Express 8601 South Hosmer Street, Tacoma Wash. $103
Comfort Inn 8620 South Hosmer Street Tacoma Wash. $127.
Red Lion Hotel 8401 South Hosmer Street Tacoma Wash. $129.
Quality Inn 5805 Pacific Highway East Fife Wash. $140.
Hampton Inn 8103 South Hosmer Street Tacoma Wash. $385.
Which ever you choose, you’ll enjoy the atmosphere of this amazing city of Tacoma. It too, has a charm all it’s own. Seattle/Tacoma have a “sister” type relationship between them. Each city of which is unique in themselves.
Written by : Tom McDaniel Be sure to SHARE this site!
All photos are a part of the Point Defiance Zoo Aquarium Brochure