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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  • We had a bit of time to spend before our vacation ended, so we drove up to this park for our last views of the city and its waterways. Plenty of parking, very quiet (some joggers and dogs). There's no...  more »
  • This was our first exploration of the park -- we did it primarily by driving all of the available roads -- see finding where the zoo, playground, flower gardens, jogging/walking paths, etc were. Being...  more »
  • Well this part of Point Defiance it's just loaded with old-growth Timber very massive size trees that haven't been logged many many trails that are cleared awesome views of the water out there in the ...  more »
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  • Great zoo, focused on restoration and other great non-anthropocentric things. (Reduce, reuse, recycle, guys.) The cafe has pretty good food compared to what you'd get at other parks - they definitely don't rip you off. (The waffle fries are great.) There's a resident raccoon whom is fun to watch trying to climb into the recycling bins. Plenty to see and do, and you're totally allowed to bring your own food and drink in, so pack a picnic (and lots of sunscreen)! Also, try to visit for Zoolights during the holiday season - less animals to see but definitely a fun time nonetheless!
  • We had a very fun time. The animals are very interesting. I love how hands on some of the areas are. There are camel rides and you can hand feed birds. There are places to touch sting rays and other things like star fish. There is an entertaining animal show that is fun.
  • Visited with family. Parking was a bit hush hush. My kids and we enjoyed watching underwater. I visited Atlanta aquarium before, its not comparable with Atlanta aquarium. It is worth though. We spent a full day out with kids.
  • We hosted our Company Picnic at the zoo and the food was very good. We requested some featured animals and all the handlers did a fantastic job, patiently answered repeat questions, were very friendly and informative. Its a great place to host an event. There is a tremendous amount to learn at the zoo. My teenage girls learned even more about the environment and there were many talking points on the way home. Overall it was a fun, educational day.
  • Large park. plenty to see. lots of wildlife. Places to picnic. Places to eat. Ferry. Great photo opportunities. Bald Eagles are often seen and their young

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