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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I wandered through this park after spending all day in meetings, and it was a (literal) breath of fresh air. The park is well-planned and gorgeous, with five miles of trails for hiking, biking, or...
I wandered through this park after spending all day in meetings, and it was a (literal) breath of fresh air. The park is well-planned and gorgeous, with five miles of trails for hiking, biking, or... more »
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 »
This is a fun park located at the peninsula in Tacoma! It has a fort, science & math museum, zoo & aquarium, a little Japanese garden and a beach! The Japanese garden could’ve used some love and care; Owen beach is almost ready(it has been closed for renovations)! And such lovely woods to walk around and lose yourself in the green! I also loved that a huge part of the five mile drive is closed over the weekend to allow for foot traffic and bikes. The park has plenty parking spots! If you’re in Tacoma, do check this park out!
Had an amazing time. The park is very clean and easy to find all exhibits. Loved the puffins swimming and launching out of the water like rockets! The elephant and tiger were very awe inspiring and beautiful. Great family place! (Sorry I was having so much fun I forgot to take pics!)
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