If you’re wanting to head to the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma this summer, and you need to save on your day at the zoo, you’ll want to mark July 17th on your calendar!
You can get a half day at the Point Defiance Zoo for half price on July 17th-this is one of the biggest deals and discounts the zoo offers!
If you’ve been wanting to do the zoo, but you can’t afford the regular fees or an annual pass, this is definitely an offer to mark on your calendar.
What’s the catch? The zoo closes early on the 17th to prepare for their big gala, so you’ll need to finish up your visit by 2PM, but I think that should be plenty of time if you arrive early! You can get more information here. If you’d like some other tips on how to save on a visit to the Point Defiance Zoo, I have a list below!
- Buy an annual pass-It pays for itself in just a couple of visits, and that way you can go any time without the pressure of having to see and do everything to, “Get your money’s worth.” You can purchase them at anytime. They typically offer a slight discount on or around Black Friday. Once you have a membership, you often get an offer to renew at a discount in your email around the time it expires.
- Take advantage of free days if you’re in Tacoma-The one exception to this advice is if you are a resident of the City of Tacoma and you can take advantage of (and don’t mind sticking to) monthly free days. You do need photo id and proof of residence for these. I don’t see any listed for this month or the next one-I’m looking into that. This has to do with what taxes paid for the zoo, btw, so you have to live within the actual city limits.
- Buy online-Otherwise, you can save a few bucks with online purchasing, and you can bypass the lines when you arrive.
- Read- Your kids may score a free day with a paying adult if they’re doing a library summer reading program. Tacoma Public Libraries offer this on one, specific day. The PCL system typically awards coupons.
- Check your Entertainment Book-At one time there was a bogo admission in the Entertainment Book (I don’t have a current one-if you do, and you can check, that would be great)!
- Bring Your Own Snacks And Food-There are tons of places to picnic in and around the zoo, and you’ll save a bunch over zoo concessions.
- Budget-There are quite a few add-ons at the zoo these days. I’d spring for the budgie feeding if you arrive early in the day when they’re hungry, and the camel ride is worth doing if you’ve never done one before. If your kids like to press pennies, they make for a more affordable souvenir than anything in the gift shop. The key is letting the kids know in advance that you have a budget and will not be stopping at every kiosk!