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Point Defiance Park

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5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407-3224
+1 253-305-1030
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Breath taking views with plenty of parking

Tacoma's waterfront parks are the northwest's happy secret. They're more beautiful that those in... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
David B
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Tacoma, Washington
Great trails

Lots of well-marked trails with beautiful views of the Puget Sound. Also a good drive through... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Cheri H
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Tacoma, Washington
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Scenic park offering more than 700 acres of woodland trails, gardens and waterfront views, along with a zoo and aquarium.
  • Excellent78%
  • Very good19%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407-3224
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+1 253-305-1030
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Tacoma's waterfront parks are the northwest's happy secret. They're more beautiful that those in Seattle and easier to get to. You can rent kayaks, fish, or swim here and it's a short hop to other family activities as well.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lots of well-marked trails with beautiful views of the Puget Sound. Also a good drive through forested roads.

Thank Cheri H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful rocky beach! Enjoyed the walk to the beach from zoo and aquarium. The view from the beach was spectacular and the water was refreshing.

Thank Elizabeth V
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited in the morning. The weather broke enough for us to tour a few of the gardens on foot and drive around the park. There is a lot to see and do here. It is well worth a visit.

Thank Carol L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Point Defiance Park has something for everyone. Beautiful gardens, enclosed behind a high fence to keep the deer from eating the flowers, a nice beach to stroll along, deep woods to explore. Anyone interested in area history will want to visit Fort Nisqually. It was...More

Thank J1037VQjoer
Reviewed 1 week ago

A great park to visit,with beautiful views,lots of trails depending on the season there’s different activities to do, the five mile drive, the zoo, the beach, picnic areas, a Fort .You feel as if your in the wild within the city

Thank leannecarolb
Reviewed 1 week ago

The park is huge with lots of trails. You can easily head out on a trail and not meet anyone or walk the 5-mile loop road. I came across deer today. Early in the morning you can hear a cacophony of birds - natural habitat...More

Thank rosew320
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been to the park many times for events such as the Taste of Tacoma or for living history re-enactments. Beautiful, spacious park with walkable trails and some drive through access. Lots of Pokestops and Pokemon if you play.

Thank turtlelady58
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very peaceful place to relax by the water alone or with a partner. There is a zoo in the park which i did not visit. Also have a visitors center which you can purchase souvenirs and ask questions.

Thank richierichlv
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 not much to do here other...More

Thank CleopatraBunny
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micronson
24 October 2017|
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Response from jbedfordd | Reviewed this property |
Sorry this took so long-I don’t think it does unless it’s new. There are some in Tacoma however. Dogs can be walked through the park as long as leashed.
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Rachel K
13 August 2017|
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Response from chaslin19 | Reviewed this property |
Should be nice, but although they are having a warm rain free summer, some rain any month is the norm, so check out the forecast on accuweather before you go so you are prepared.
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Ryan J
8 April 2017|
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Response from Metro Parks T | Property representative |
Historically, we have had red foxes living in the park, but regulars have said there have been fewer sightings in recent years. They are extremely elusive, nocturnal animals. There are no particular locations in the park... More
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