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Tacoma Resident Free Day at Zoo

January 12, 2014

Tacoma residents will be admitted to Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium at no charge on Sunday, Jan. 12, and Saturday, Jan. 25.

They are two of 12 Tacoma Resident Free Days scheduled at the zoo in 2014 to thank voters for their approval of a 1999 bond issue that paid for improvements at the zoo.

With money from that $35 million bond issue, the zoo built Kids’ Zone and Animal Avenue, Asian Forest Sanctuary, the Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater, a new animal hospital, a new front gate, education center, gift shop and café.

The Zoo also rewards Pierce County residents with discounted admission prices every day. That discount recognizes the support of Pierce County voters, who approved a sales tax in 2000 that contributes to zoo operations.

To be admitted for free, Tacoma residents 18 and over must provide proof of residency at a physical Tacoma address (not a post office box).

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium LogoIf a resident’s photo ID doesn’t have a physical Tacoma address, alternate proof of residency is required. That can be a utility bill or legal document with a Tacoma address that matches the person’s photo ID.

Children under 18 do not have to provide proof of residency.

A complete list of Tacoma Resident Free Days in 2014 and more information can be found at