Point Defiance Park, Tacoma

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An urban park that welcomes more than 3 million visitors a year, Point Defiance Park is home to an old-growth forest. The park's expansive grounds feel far from the surrounding city. The ancient trees in this 284 hectare (702 acre) park are accompanied by a rhododendron garden, rose garden, and beaches, all accessible from the many trails and the boardwalk. A boathouse protects private vessels from the elements, and ferries transport visitors to Vashon Island. The city's zoo and aquarium call the park home, as does Fort Nisqually. Put Point Defiance Park at the forefront of your travel plans using our Tacoma trip itinerary planner .
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  • So many things to do and explore! Gardens, trails, the Marina, Owen Beach. A great place for children to explore nature and burn off energy :)  more »
  • I had never been to Tacoma before and was only there for one day so wasn't sure what to do. So glad we decided to explore Point Defiance. Such a beautiful park with tons of fun things to do. Must visi...  more »
  • Zoolights —Always magical! Go early! Don’t go on New Years Eve! Great fun, delightful for all Owens Beach-terrific all year for families, or solo. I never tire of the changing view . So lucky to have ...  more »
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  • This is one of the best places to visit in Tacoma. It's zoo & and aquarium are top notch, there are many well maintained hiking trails throughout the park. A large portion of its well known Five Mile Drive is open to only walkers and cyclists at times of the day. It's Owen Beach is beautiful and popular for picnics, strolling, beach parties, and photography. The entire park is well maintained. It's Fort Nisqually is staffed by knowledgeable, friendly people trained in local history. It's worth a visit, definitely.
  • I love learning about the rehabilitation of endangered animals. I've been going since before I can remember. Now I take my kids. We can't wait to see the new aquarium this summer, but I hope the original aquarium is still kept too, but that may be hopeful wishing. I guess we shall see.... I volunteered as a youth and my 3 year old already told me she wants to volunteer their too. Staff are all wonderful. Always friendly and ever so helpful.
  • Beautiful park! It is so large that you have different within one location. Do you want a Japanese garden? What about a forest? Would you rather be at the beach? This is the place! I love it!
  • If you live here you will know about this place. One of few places you can go that is so close in town but still be out in the woods. There are so many different gardens and little spots all over the park that are great for walks, dates, or just being some place relaxing. Miles of paths in the trees to walk or run and they keep them maintained well. There is a boat launch and a pretty fun beach with kayak rentals. If you want to get out of the house and don't want to drive far go here. Also is the great zoo and the Fort that are manned by great staff.
  • Really amazing place, great for kids but bring a stroller because it's a really long walk. Very good quality for the price of admission but the animals are in really small enclosures. Everything else was so high dollar there's no way a family of 4 can have a meal for $35. Pretty extreme but all in all, I can't wait to come back!
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