Point Defiance Zoo & Northwest Trek Giveaway – Four 4 Pack Passes for the Zoo & Four 4 Pack Passes for Northwest Trek!

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Point Defiance Zoo & Northwest Trek Giveaway

For those of you in the South Sound area or thinking of visiting the area to take advantage of the last few weeks of summertime, two of the most popular places to take your family and friends for a day trip are the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and Northwest Trek.  Northwest Trek Wildlife Park is out in Eatonville, which is on the way to Mt Rainier National Park (Paradise side). The Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is in Tacoma, down close to the waterfront & Puget Sound.

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium:

Point Defiance Zoo Cubs

If you’ve never been to the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium (PDZA), they have a great variety of animals & sea life – everything from sharks & seahorses, polar bears & peacocks (you’ll see these guys walking all over the zoo), tortoises & tigers and much more! Your kids will love the adorable clouded leopard cubs and the live animal show at the Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater is one of my girls’ favorite things to do at the zoo. The aquarium also has a new Jellies exhibit to learn all about jellyfish.

Not only is the zoo & aquarium awesome to visit, but you can make a day out of your visit by heading into the Point Defiance park after you leave the zoo. They have walking trails,  Rose & Rhodedenron Gardens, a fun playground for kids, Owens Beach for beach time for the kids, a walk along the water watching the ferries & much more.

Northwest Trek:

Northwest Trek Baby Moose

Northwest Trek Wildlife Park is definitely a place you must visit if you’ve never been & once you’ve visited, you will want to keep going back! It’s filled with over 400 acres of meadows and forests that you can explore with a Discovery Tram Tour to see native Northwest animals out in their natural habitat, but up close via the tram. Or they also offer a number of animals to visit with their Walking Tour.

Right now is baby season at Northwest Trek too, where you’ll see mamas & their babies such as a caribou calf, bison calves and even the  adorable new moose calf born July 17th on the park’s 40th birthday. She’s the first moose calf in 15 years at Northwest Trek, so this is definitely a time to go visit & see if you can spot the moose calf  & other animals babies on the tram tour.

NW Trek Get OUt of the Rut Event

Northwest Trek often has additional programs going on as well, so you might want to time your visit with one of the special programs going on. Over Labor Day weekend, September 5th – 7th, they will have their Get Out of the Rut event. This is a great opportunity to learn about the “rut” or breeding season for elk, deer, caribou, & bighorn sheep as well as take part in a number of activities.

Giveaway – 8 Sets of 4 Pack Tickets to the

Point Defiance Zoo & Northwest Trek

We have teamed up with the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and Northwest Trek for a big giveaway that we think you all will love!!

Here’s what we are giving away::

  • 4 Pack of Tickets to Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium  – 4 Winners
  • 4 Pack of Tickets to Northwest Trek – 4 Winners

There will be a total of 8 winners for this giveaway & you will either win a 4 pack of tickets to the PDZA or Northwest Trek!

This giveaway will end on Wednesday August 26th, at 9pm pst.

The winners will be drawn using “And the Winner Is” plugin and announced on the blog.  We will also email the winners. The winners will have 48 hours to contact me, otherwise a new winner will be drawn. US residents only & you must be 18 yrs or older to enter the giveaway. This giveaway is not affiliated with Facebook in any way.

Here’s how to enter this giveaway::

1st Entry (required entry): Let us know what you love about the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium or Northwest Trek (if you’ve never been to either, let us know what you’re most looking forward to)

Extra Entries : (make sure these are all separate comments, with a comment for each entry)

2) Subscribe to the Thrifty NW Mom email (must be verified). Leave a comment to let us know you’re subscribed!

3) Leave a comment here saying you follow Northwest Trek and Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium on Facebook. 

4) Follow us on Pinterest, and then leave a comment here saying you do so.

5) Follow both Jen & Sia on Instagram & leave a comment saying you do so.

6) Share this giveaway using one of the share buttons at the bottom of the post. Leave a comment to let us know how you shared – Facebook, Twitter,  email, word of mouth, in a Facebook group, Pinterest,  you name it!


Disclosure:  Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium & Northwest Trek are providing these tickets to Thrifty NW Mom winners. No compensation was given to us, we just know how much you all love these local attractions. A 4 pack of tickets to either Northwest Trek or PDZA will be given to  8 Thrifty NW Mom winners randomly chosen.  All opinions are 100% mine. See our disclosure policy  for more details


  1. I love the programs/performances on the main stage at PDZA. My kids actually stay entertained. At NT, we all like the tram. It’s so nice to see the animals so close.

  2. My kids & I all loved the aquarium at Point Defiance, especially petting the rays!

  3. I’m following both Northwest Trek and Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium on Facebook.

  4. My family and I love PDZA! My favorite part of the zoo is the aquarium with Lizzie the Lemon shark.

  5. I would like to catch a ferry from Tacoma one of these visits to PDZA. Make a complete day of it!

  6. My family and I LOVE the tram ride at Northwest Trek. My kids also really like the raccoons and porcupines.

  7. both places are lots of fun !! but if i have to choice i would really love to take my boys to nw trek they have never been and i know they would love it !!

  8. I like the zoo because it has a great area for the littles to play in as well as the aquarium. And I’ve never been to NWT and think my 3 year old would love seeing the moose!

  9. I’ve never been to either but I’m most looking forward to driving through northwest trek and seeing all the animals in their natural habitat.

  10. We’ve not yet been to NW Trek — I think our kiddos will get a kick out of seeing the animals so close — esp. during baby season. How fun! Thanks!

  11. I love the animals at the zoo (and I’m taking my kids to NW Trek this week for their first time!)

  12. We love Port Defiance Zoo, but haven’t been there in three years – we’d love to see what’s new!

  13. I subscribed to the Northwest Newsletter email – thanks for the different email options!

  14. We are members at point defiance-love it. We would love to win tickets to NW trek. It is beautiful! The animals in more natural settings. Gorgeous scenery.

  15. We haven’t been to Northwest Trek for many years, but I remember the tram ride and would enjoy it again.

  16. I haven’t been to either, but we always love going to see animals in a more natural habitat (not the circus!)

  17. I love the walk thru point defiance you can stroll watching all animals and understand just how they live .Such a relaxing day .

  18. I have never been to either of these attractions. I would love to take my kids to these places to see the baby animals and sea life!

  19. I love the train at NW trek, and how easy it was to get around PDZA. It was great with a stroller!

  20. We just moved up here and are so looking forward to seeing the native animals in their own habitat and all the babies too.

  21. We love the shows at Point Defiance. I love that it is small enough that my daughter can walk around most the time. We loved being below to watch ET (R.I.P.)

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  23. My family just moved to the area 1 yr ago and we have not been to Point Defiance or Northwest Trek… We enjoy aquariums so would enjoy seeing all the sea animals or would love seeing the elk at Northwest Trek. Thx!

  24. My three kids love Point Defiance Zoo! The live animal show is their favorite part!

  25. I love getting emails from u guys. Just awesome summer ideas, fun thing to do with kids, awesome shopping deals. Keep doing what you do. U guys are a great resource!!!
    Liked you both on Facebook, following on Instagram and Pinterest. Subscribed to your email as well.

  26. My have never been to Point Defiance Zoo, but they would love to go. I think they would like the aquarium part best!

  27. We love the PDZA kids play area and splash park. The kids spend as much time there as looking at the animals. We don’t go the NWT as often as it is a bit more of a drive but the kids like the tram part, sometimes the little guys get tired with all the walking of a zoo trip.

  28. I’ve not been to either point defiance or nw trek, but have wanted to go for several years now. I’d love to see the aquarium and polar bears at point defiance (plus those adorable closed leopard cubs!) and just have a fun day with friends/family at nw trek.

  29. I haven’t been in years but we loved seeing all of the animals when we did. We would love to go. I really loved the beluga whales which are no longer their but I would love to see some of the new exhibits.

  30. At Trek, I love the tram ride. At PDZA, I love that the zoo and aquarium are combined and both can be experienced in one visit.

  31. My son loves animals and would love these!! I follow you on Instagram, Facebook. Twitter and am subscribed!

  32. 1) I grew up in Tacoma, technically McChord. So I have been to both. I think my favorite thing though about Northwest Trek is making the memories and having the memories from when I was a kid going on school field trips. I look forward to making memories there with my son.

  33. I love nw trek and the zoo with my kids because of all the various animals they get to experience and seeing their faces light up with each new one they see.

  34. Our favorite thing at Point Defiance Zoo is seeing any new babies. They have great programs to watch and learn at.
    I would love to take my kids to Northwest Trek!

  35. My daughter adores the carousel and finding the next animal. And my favorite part is seeing her happy.

  36. My daughter loves the sharks at the zoo. We can sit there for an hour before she’s ready to move on. We haven’t been to NW Trek.

  37. I Love the variety of animals that you can view at both parks! My children love to go to both!

  38. I have been to neither of these places. My husband and I just had our fourth baby this month, and we have been trying to figure something fun to do with them before school starts. And this sounds like the most perfect thing!! My kids would love all the animals!!

  39. I have never been to either PDZA or NW Trek. We have been trying to make plans to go since we moved to WA a few years ago but they always seem to get cancelled. I am most looking forward to seeing the Clouded Leopard triplets at PDZA. My family and I absolutely adore Clouded Leopards and have been checking social media for updates on these babies since they were born. I also am looking forward to the tram tour at NW Trek. I grew up in San Diego and loved going to the Wild Animal Park, where they also have a tram tour. It is so nice to see the animal up close while they roam free.

  40. My favorite part of PDZA is the kids zone. It is very spacious and has plenty for the kids to do. From little ones to the older, I thoroughly enjoyed it with my kids.

  41. Have never been to Point Defiance. NW Trek is a wonderful family time! Love to see the wildlife up close.

  42. I have always wanted to take my family to NW Trek!! Looks like it would be so much fun!

  43. We love all the animals at Point Defiance Zoo, especially the sweet clouded leopard cubs! NW Trek has a great tram ride and it’s so great to see animals that have room to roam and aren’t stuck in small cages.

  44. We love the aquarium at point defiance. We’ve never been to NW trek but my kids would love to see the animals up close!

  45. I love that Northwest Trek provides a wonderful experience of true nature. My daughter’s love animals and they loving learning everything they can about them. Northwest Trek will give them even more appreciation of animals in there habitat. We’v never been but have wanted to go for several years.

  46. I loved going to PDZA as a kid and can’t wait to share the experience of both parks with my kids!

  47. We’ve never been to either and would love to go! Especially to see the kids’ faces when they discover something new.

  48. I remember the shark and octopus at Point Defiance being awesome the last time we went – many years ago. Never been to Animal Trek, but I think I may have heard they have or had a wolverine?

  49. I haven’t been to Point Defiance since I was a kid. I’d love to take my daughter, who’s three, because she’s been asking if we could go for a couple of months now.

  50. My kids would love love love a tram tour and the live animals show at the aquarium looks like fun!

  51. We’ve never been to either place but my 19 month old daughter LOVES all kinds of animals so we’d love to see her enjoying animals at new places she hasn’t been before!

  52. We love how beautiful the BW TRek is, how happy the animals seem and the fun of seeing them all!

  53. I WOULD LOVE to win this! My family is on a tight budget, and we would take my son to both for his 5th birthday coming up! Fingers crossed!

  54. I lovw taking my sons to Pt. Defiance Zoo and Aquarium as well as Northwest Trek because they love animals and it is a guaranteed good time!

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