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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Great walking, wonderful views, even benches at just the right locations, in the Spring fabulous flowers, lots of boats and ships, active waterfront, even whales and aeals, lots of free parking.
Great walking, wonderful views, even benches at just the right locations, in the Spring fabulous flowers, lots of boats and ships, active waterfront, even whales and aeals, lots of free parking. more »
1st. Dune Peninsula: Wonderful place to take the family, couples walk, walk the dogs, ride your bike, or just individual sitting watching the seals/whales. This place has the longest set of slides I..... more
1st. Dune Peninsula: Wonderful place to take the family, couples walk, walk the dogs, ride your bike, or just individual sitting watching the seals/whales. This place has the longest set of slides I..... more »
Don’t leave ANYTHING IN YOUR CAR. We had our car broken into we just got out of the car at point 1 on the drive and within 5 mins our car was broken into .
Don’t leave ANYTHING IN YOUR CAR. We had our car broken into we just got out of the car at point 1 on the drive and within 5 mins our car was broken into . more »
There seems to be something for everyone here. For anyone wanting to spend time on the waterfront, this is a slam dunk. Plus, the surrounding grounds hold some nice hiking terrain through forested hills. The marina is convenient for boating and to buy some last minute tackle whether you fish from a craft or the shore. The park tapers off from a manicured lawn into direct rustic beach front with boulders and trees as your only adjacent structures. Parking is convenient, if not overly abundant. Bonus points for the zoo and aquarium being built into this multi-purpose old school park.
A wonderful experience for kids and grown ups alike. Great exhibits and learning opportunities, especially the red wolves and the work at the zoo is doing to save them. The new aquarium is amazing. We loved watching the turtle and hammerhead sharks. Sting ray touch tank, camel rides and feeding the birds are so fun. Pack a lunch and enjoy the day here.
This is a totally amazing park. There are so many things to do and areas to explore. The rose gardens are breathtaking. Owen's beach is nice. There are many walking trails going throughout the park that are very well maintained and beautiful to walk through. We have found a few favorite spots. We bring our camp chairs and speaker, look out over the water. It is really just a GREAT place to spend time in.
Whatever you are looking for, this place has it all! Dog park,playground, formal gardens, open lawns, a rocky beach, an historic fort with tours, a zoo, a scenic drive, well-maintained and marked hiking trails of various lengths, and peaceful overlooks of the sound and neighboring islands. While it does get very crowded on weekends, weekdays are quite quiet with plenty of parking and they even keep the scenic road closed to motor vehicles until 10am weekdays! I come here to run with my dog and baby, trail run for quiet, and bring family here when they visit for the overlooks and rose garden. Also, within walking distance of several excellent coffee shops and restaurants for every meal of the day.
Such a nice place. Very beautiful and serene. Love all the gardens, the pond and the turtles is great. The playground and the walk along the marina is fun and we even saw a sea lion. Wish I had more time to explore, we didn't make it to Owen Beach which I've heard is amazing as well
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