Point Defiance Park, Tacoma

4.8
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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  • Wonderful spot to explore and inhale/exhale. Owen beach great for exploration. Rhododendron garden amazingly huge. The newly renovated zoo and aquarium a pleasure for all ages!  more »
  • This Park is so wonderful I have to visit over and over. The walkway along to beach is sweet. Easy on the feet, accessible to all for a walk with the sea breeze on your cheeks, and the sound of seabir...  more »
  • What do you like: a park with picnicking and walks around a giant duck pond and rose garden; a 5-mile drive with stunning viewpoints through Pacific Northwest forests; a class 1 zoo, and brand-new aqu...  more »
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  • Beautiful! There's something for everyone. Whether it's the pond near the entrance, or the five mile drive, there's bound to be something for you to enjoy. I personally love the beach and the flower gardens. As a photographer, I never leave disappointed. Dog friendly, and great for kids. Even good for couples, or people just looking to get out of the house.
  • Amazing views and and wonderful drive. This is a must see when visiting Washington. Plenty of pet friendly trails. We seen tons of wildlife on the drive. There is nice picnic areas by the water. We were there on the Fourth of July so it was very crowded at the beach. Families were picnicking by the water and just hanging out. The beach was little pebbles so I thought that was cool. Nice views from the beach. We watched some sail boats go by. The beach gets very narrow and goes up against the wood line. They had a trail that walking along the side but we choose to walk on the beach. Lots of cool looking driftwood.
  • By far one of the Greatest City Park in the Nation! During Low Tide days in June get here early. The beach is a wonderland of fascinating finds. Just know your tide tables. Getting caught at the tip of the beach with tides coming in can be very sketchy. No clamming here. Just incredible forest trails for hiking and Mtb. The 5 mile drive loop is a local favorite for road cyclist also. Do it 30 times and you've done a century with No road hazards. Watch for slick areas though.
  • Love this park and its entirety. Great trails, beaches , scenic views, and hikes this place has little bit of everything. From the rose garden in front to a 5 mile drive around the park it's a beautiful place just to be at with wildlife always being around in one place or another. You can see various areas around the sound and get a refreshing glimpse of nature all in this park. Its worth a visit to see for yourself!
  • My kids LOVE coming here. If you want to spend some money, the zoo is great - plenty to see and do - but we usual enjoy the scenic drive and trails, a couple play parks, Owen Beach, and a bit of waterfront pier by the ferry all for free! It is cheap to ride the ferry too, which the kids find really exciting.
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