We moved to an area near Tacoma because of the quaint town of Ruston, the antique stores, Junge Fever Exotics and the Antique Sandwich Shop the Proctor District and the Point Defiance Zoo. Point Defiance Parks is fun to explore and the garden area gives it a Victorian Flavor which is enhanced by the Point Defiance Flower and Garden Show in June. The zoo has some special features which are unique. It is not as tiring as Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle but you do have to climb up and down some slope but this smaller quaint zoo is fun for 1/2 day and a relaxing picnic. My son loves the shark tank and aquarium the best. There are great shows with animals that the staff put on daily. We recommend coming when the sharks are being fed; it is really a sight to see. You can smell the sea air from the zoo which enhances the aquarium experience. There is also a kids area to pet animals, and a play zone to get the excess energy out! We love it!
Laura (mom) and Sean age 9
I thought that it was a really great experience. My 10 year old daughter loved it, especially seein the training sessions with the otters and seals. It reminded me of a fishing village and I grew up on the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada so I loved it.
good zoo for its small size. my son loved the kids zone and the shark aquarium. I loved watching the whales. The food was a little pricey but you have the park right outside so just pack you own lunch and have a picnic.
This zoo is a wonderful place to spend a day. The grounds and the veiw alone would make the trip worthwhile,but there is so much more.
There is something for everyone at this zoo.
Whether you be a reptile fan,a shark person, or if you like the big animals,you're covered.
You will find a variety of wildlife here that is hard to beat. The presentation of the animals is fantastic. You get to see polar bears from above and below the water. You can view wolves in a very natural setting. The whales,sea otters,and other aquatic animals are a joy to watch. And for those who like to liv on the edge,you can visit the shark tank,where you can look at them from several different viewpoints.
All-in-all, I have always enjoyed this zoo, as has my son and everyone that I have taken there.
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