Yes! The awesome aquariums at the Point Defiance Zoo have reopened as of July 1st. The zoo also has open times on the 4th, making it a good activity to do with the kids over this 4th of July weekend.
That means you will be able to see both the aquariums and the other outdoor areas of the zoo on your visit.
You will need to purchase an online ticket in advance, and there are one-way walking paths to keep everyone at a safe distance. Member tickets are free, but you still need one. These are for a specific time, and only valid during that time to limit crowd size.
High touch areas remain closed.
We’ve heard from readers that they had a great experience and felt safe and comfortable. If you go, we’d love a review from you, too. You can read more detail and get tickets here. I’ve also included more detailed information on the safety measures in place and what to expect during your visit. If you want to go straight to the info. about mask requirements, that’s at the bottom. All of this is straight from the zoo.
Safety Measures in Place
Both aquariums will follow the Zoo-wide measures, plus a few extra:
- Guests will follow one-way paths through each aquarium.
- Stingray Cove, the Tidal Touch Zone, the Home Sweet Ocean Home play area and all interactive digital stations are closed. In the South Pacific Aquarium, the tropical lagoon is viewable only from the upper deck.
- Guests are encouraged to follow marks on the floor for social distancing.
- Stanchions and signs will discourage touching of exhibit windows and other surfaces. Extra hand sanitizing stations will be in place. Restrooms with no-touch entry are open in the Pacific Seas Aquarium.
- Doors in the South Pacific Aquarium (an older building) will be propped open to increase airflow. Doors in the newer Pacific Seas Aquarium will continue to operate with motion sensors.
- Strollers and wheelchairs are allowed in both aquariums (no outside stroller parking). One family at a time is allowed in the South Pacific Aquarium elevator leading down to the Outer Reef. The Pacific Seas Aquarium is fully ADA-accessible.
- Aquarium staff dives, talks and feeds will happen at unscheduled times to prevent congestion. There are no Eye-to-Eye Shark Dives at this time.
The inside Dayroom in the Asian Forest Sanctuary habitat will also open as a one-way through experience. Guests may also choose to bypass all indoor areas.
Face Coverings Required
Because we care about the safety of our guests, staff and animals, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium requires all guests to wear face coverings while visiting.
Exception for Children Under 5
- Children under 5 are not required to wear face coverings.
- Children ages 2, 3, and 4 are encouraged, but not required, to wear face coverings.
- Children under 2 should not wear face coverings.
If guests don’t have a face covering when they arrive, a face mask will be provided to them. All staff members and volunteers are also required to wear face masks while working.
Tuesdays 3-4 pm are reserved for people with a medical condition, mental health condition or disability that prevents them from wearing a face covering.
(Photos/Katie Cotterill) Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.