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Venues in Tacoma, Washington,
(253) 404-3823

About Us

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is a wedding venue located in Tacoma, Washington that will create a unique event experience for your special occasion. With sweeping views of Puget Sound, Mount Rainier and the Cascade Mountain Range, this venue provides a picturesque setting that will complement any special occasion.

Facilities and Capacity
The Education Center at Point Defiance is a 3,000-square-foot space that has a private entrance and the option of being split up into three separate rooms. For cozier celebrations you can rent a portion of the space or the entire facility for a total of 175 guests for a large banquet. The Asian Forest Sanctuary is a lush five-acre exhibit complex that offers the perfect space for an outdoor celebration, accommodating 300 total guests. It has six romantic exhibit areas that can be used for a ceremony or seated dinner, overlooking two waterfalls, exotic flowers and a bamboo forest. There are also two viewing pavilions along with the Asian Dayroom that provide a covered space for buffets and partially covered events. The Pacific Rim Plaza has spectacular views of Puget Sound and Mount Rainier and a globe-shaped plaza area that is ideal for outdoor ceremonies. The South Pacific Aquarium is best utilized for intimate gatherings of up to 85 guests, giving you and your guests a total sensory experience. You will be transported to the tropical beaches of the Lagoon Exhibit that is surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows and shark exhibits. The Plaza Cafe can be used for both small and large events, fitting anywhere from 80-120 guests.

Services Offered
The one-of-a-kind venues offered at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium truly make it a remarkable place for memorable events. You can also delight your guests with a private animal appearance or simply the experience of having the zoo as the background. The experienced staff will provide you with seamless service and exceptional food that will make your day exactly how you envisioned it. Services and rentals include:

  • Bridal suite
  • Event planning
  • Setup and cleanup
  • Bar and beverage services
  • Glassware, linens and china

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  • We had our ceremony in the Plaza with our reception in the South Pacific Aquarium, in front of the shark tanks. From start to finish, Lancer Catering (Chip Venzone specifically) was great about answering all of our questions in a very timely manner. We were on a pretty tight budget, but Chip helped us put together a night that we will never forget. We had several compliments on the wedding, and both my wife and I agree that it was even more than we had hoped for. I would absolutely recommend PDZA as a venue!

    Frequently Asked Questions about Venue

    Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

    Yes

    What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

    $ 1,000.00

    What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

    $ 1,000.00

    Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

    No

    Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

    Bridal Suite, Chairs, Tables

    Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

    Server(s)

    What is the starting price per person for bar service?

    $ 5.00

    Describe your venue

    Historic Building, Park, Zoo

    What kind of settings are available?

    Indoor, Covered Outdoor, Uncovered Outdoor

    Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

    Ceremony, Reception

    What event services do you offer?

    Catering Services, Clean Up, Event Planner, Get Ready Rooms, Set Up

    What catering services do you offer?

    Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Family Style, Hors d'oeuvres, Outside Cake, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings

    What food and beverage items are available?

    Barware, China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens

    What transportation and access is available?

    Parking, Wheelchair Access

    What months are included in your peak season?

    March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, December

    What months are included in your off-peak season?

    January, February, November



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