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:
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 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.
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)
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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