Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium

The Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium is located in Point Defiance Park northwest of downtown Tacoma.  Exhibits include Asian Forest Sanctuary, Rocky Shores, Arctic Tundra, and Pacific Ocean just to name a few.  Marine mammals on display include harbor seals, pacific walruses, and sea otters.  The Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium focuses on education and conservation within and outside their walls.  

Visitors who come to enjoy 702-acre Point Defiance Park can explore natural forests and saltwater beaches.  Owen beach offers spectacular views of Mt. Rainier and Vashon Island.   


Where the Whales Are

The best place to see whales from Pt. Defiance is along the north shore, especially near the ferry landing.

During fall and winter, you might see resident orcas between Pt. Defiance and Vashon Island. Gray whales, harbor porpoise, and even minke whale are occasionally observed here. Harbor seals and sea lions are commonly seen. 

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The Whale Trail

Address / Contact

5400 N Pearl St # D

Ruston, WA

(253) 591-5337


January 1 – May 2: 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily (except Tuesdays and Wednesdays in Jan. and Feb.)

Park Information

The Whale Trail is a nonprofit organization in partnership with
Partners NOAA Seattle Aquarium People for Puget Sound Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife The Whale Museum National Marine Sanctuaries