point defiance park tacoma

Fort Nisqually Living History Museum

Destiny Harbor Tours

Escape Hour Gig Harbor


Shaping the history of the park, which juts dramatically into the Puget Sound six miles northwest of downtown Tacoma, has been the community's unwavering commitment since its inception. The city successfully lobbied the federal government in 1888 to repurpose the site from a military reservation to a park. By 1905, residents convinced the government to give the city title. Two years later voters approved a taxing district to pay for park maintenance.

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Most of the zoo's animal residents are native to the Pacific Rim. Enjoy the 5-acre Asian Forest Sanctuary, a lush habitat for its denizens, which include Sumatran tigers, clouded leopards, siamangs and Asian elephants. The Rocky Shores habitat is home to seals, walruses, otters and puffins. The Arctic Tundra exhibit features such cold weather-loving mammals as polar bears, reindeer and musk oxen, a shaggy-haired, formidably horned relative of sheep and goats that is native to the Arctic areas of Canada and Greenland.


5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407, USA