Point Defiance Park, Tacoma, Washington, USA
Point Defiance Park This 760-acre park is a popular destination for more than 3.1 million people each year. Natural forest, saltwater beaches and spectacular views offer numerous possibilities for recreation, education and communing with nature.
Come explore the only combined zoo and aquarium in the Northwest. You’ll see sharks and seahorses, polar bears and peacocks, walruses and wolves, all in one place! Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is large enough to offer an awesome array of animals yet small enough for you to get really close to them. It’s fun and affordable, and offers breathtaking views of Puget Sound, Mount Rainier and the Olympic Mountains.
All animal exhibits are open today, with the exception of sea birds, sea otters, and harbor seals. Construction continues on the Rocky Shores exhibit (opening spring 2017) and Pacific Seas Aquarium (opening summer 2018).
Metro Parks Tacoma (MPT) is a CAPRA-accredited, independent park district that leads efforts to build a healthy, sustainable community.
Good parks, open space and program services contribute to economic development by fostering economic benefits and promoting tourism.
Environmentally, they provide green infrastructure and help manage climate change.
Socially, they revitalize communities, create safer neighborhoods, help children learn and grow, improve public and environmental health, and support smart growth.
Culturally, open space and program services can nurture a sense of place in the community, and provide opportunities to engage the public of diverse backgrounds.
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