Table setting for party in Plaza Cafe

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

5400 North Pearl St., Tacoma, WA 98407

(253) 356-5770


About Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is a spectacular setting for larger-than-life parties, wedding receptions, business meetings, special events and company picnics. Consider hosting your next event here and enjoy the breathtaking views of Puget Sound, Mount Rainier and the Cascades along with dedicated event space, exceptional culinary options and professional event planning services.

Venue Details

Event Spaces
Pacific Seas Aquarium

The new, 35,000 square foot state-of-the-art Pacific Seas Aquarium is a spectacular, unique venue with stunning art and mesmerizing marine life. Use a portion for a more intimate occasion or the entire facility for a large banquet or reception.

Capacity: 250 cocktail reception, 120 seated

Education Center

This versatile 3,000 sq. ft. venue has a private entrance and can be divided into three separate rooms. Rent a portion of the space for a cozier feel or the entire facility for a large banquet or reception.

Capacity: 175 cocktail reception, or 150 seated

Asian Forest Sanctuary

This lush five-acre exhibit complex is the ultimate outdoor event location. Enjoy six romantic exhibit areas complete with two waterfalls, exotic flowers, and a bamboo forest. Two viewing pavilions and the Asian Dayroom provide covered space for buffet stations and seating.

Capacity: 150 cocktail reception, 100 seated

Pacific Rim Plaza

Spectacular views of Puget Sound and Mount Rainier make this globe-shaped plaza the premier setting for wedding ceremonies and outdoor celebrations.

Capacity: 200

Plaza Cafe

For gatherings large and small, the Plaza Cafe will make your event special with big views onto the Pacific Rim Plaza.

Capacity: 80-120

Picnic Pavilion

Located next to the Red Wolf Woods exhibit and new Pacific Seas Aquarium, the Picnic Pavilion features an open-air structure, permanent picnic tables and a grassy area for extra activities. Surrounded by lush greenery, this area provides a private wooded space for you and your guests.

Capacity: 250 guests

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