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Father's Day Gift Guide: Fun Ideas for Dad

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Father’s Day Gift Guide: Fun Ideas for Dad
June 9, 2022

Go beyond the typical Father’s Day gifts and give dad a memorable experience he can enjoy with the whole family this year. Take a Wild Drive and get up close to a moose, touch a jellyfish or go off-roading with a keeper to meet amazing animals! He won’t forget these memorable experiences at Northwest Trek and our sister zoo, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium!

1. Go on a Wild Drive

Uh-oh! There’s a traffic jam… a herd of bison are in the road! This Wild Drive is bound to be much more exciting than rush hour on I-5. Take your own personal vehicle on the paved roads through Northwest Trek’s peaceful 435-acre Free-Roaming Area past dozens of animals native to the Pacific Northwest. Your guided experience includes a live audio narration by a naturalist who will share engaging stories about the species you’re seeing and what makes them special. Up to 8 people per vehicle allowed.

2. Become Buddies with a Bison

“Dad Meets New Bison Buddy on Father’s Day,” sounds like the perfect title for a children’s book, or the start of a great story! Jump aboard a Jeep with a keeper and go off-road and up close to animals like bison, mountain goats, moose, Roosevelt elk and more! Take a Keeper Adventure Tour and see the animals of our Free Roaming Area.


3. Spend the Day in Nature

Sure, getting up close to mountain goats sounds fun, but so is a leisurely stroll around Northwest Trek! Meet playful river otters, stroll past bobcats, howl with gray wolves, watch young grizzly bears splash and wrestle and much more!


4. The Perfect Angle

Does Dad love photography? Does he always want the perfect angle for the perfect shot? Gift him a Photo Tour at Northwest Trek. A naturalist guide will take her on a Jeep and look for views of moose, caribou, elk and more that will take his breath away!

Moose with big nose

5. Become a Member

Gift your dad a membership to Northwest Trek or Point Defiance Zoo. Or, get a combo-membership to both! Memberships save you money and get you discounts and perks all year long. Like that Wild Drive we mentioned before? Save $20 when you’re a member! Quality time for the family, all year long.


6. Have the Point Defiance Zoo All to Yourself

Get to our sister zoo, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, before it opens to the public for a Wild Zoo Tour and experience animals in the early morning with a knowledgeable guide, without the crowds. If you’re lucky, you’ll even hear the siamangs or gibbons sing their morning songs to each other! This unique experience culminates with a special animal encounter at the Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater. Talk about making dad feel special!


7. Hand-feed Sea Stars

Go behind-the-scenes for a 75-minute tour of Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium’s state of the art Pacific Seas Aquarium. Touch jellyfish, feed sea stars and anemones, learn how green sea turtles and hammerhead sharks are fed and cared for, and say hi to real aquarists as they pass by doing their work. This popular experience is 75 minutes of pure fun! Want a shorter tour? Book Jammin’ with Jellies instead, for a 30-minute tour focused all on moon jellyfish!
PDZA aquarium Jellyfish