After Jai and I arrived in Tacoma and took a tour of The Museum of Glass, we headed straight to Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. We always enjoy visiting aquariums, and since we were only in Tacoma for the day, there was no time to waste.
The road to the zoo runs along the waterfront, and it was a beautiful drive. When we got to the zoo, I was surprised to discover that it was situated on a 765 acre park. We were only expecting a zoo, but as we drove up the windy road, we passed stunning botanical gardens and hiking trails – as it turns out, there are a ton of wonderful things at Point Defiance Park! We were sorry we were on such limited time and vowed to come back when we have more time to explore – it would take at least a day to see the whole area properly.
Today, our mission was to see the zoo. We parked over by “C” for “Crab” and made our way inside!
The zoo has lengthy outdoor grounds as well as indoor buildings that play host to a plethora of different animals.
As we walked around, I noticed a sign advertising a “Selfie contest” at the zoo, so I snapped a photo of myself with one of the friendly goats at the petting area. Here’s a behind-the-scenes “Making of the selfie” photo that Jai took of me trying to make this selfie work – ahahahahaha!
You want to know what’s funny? A few weeks later, I was in Seattle for the International Food Bloggers Conference when a colleague from Redwood Hill Farm came to a table I was sitting at and said, “Does anyone have a goat story?” So I went on camera to tell my story about taking a selfie with a goat at the zoo – because of course I have a goat story!
Jai was most looking forward to visiting the aquarium, and it did not disappoint. The North Pacific Aquarium wing has a large, circular tank with life from “Around the Sound” as its centerpiece, which you can peer down at from the top level, then walk down to the lower level and come face-to-face with its inhabitants through the clear glass panes. Then you can visit the South Pacific Aquarium wing, which features six species of sharks as well as tropical fish and more.
We were both really impressed by the scope of the exhibits at this zoo. Not only do we need to return in order to explore Point Defiance Park further, but Jai insists that sometime we need to do the shark dive that Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium offers – gulp!
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium Hours And Admission
Admission: $17 for adults; $16 for seniors; $13 for youth ages 5 through 12; $8.75 for children aged 3 and 4, with free admission for children under 2.
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