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Point Defiance Park

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Closed Now: 6:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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Love this area

Absolutely love the area. Trails, picnicking, beach, drives, overlooks, zoo, aquarium, a fort, etc... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Viktorija F
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Point Defiance, worth the trip

We went with friends, family and dogs and we all had a blast. The beach, the dog park, hiking the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
matt s
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Scenic park offering more than 700 acres of woodland trails, gardens and waterfront views, along with a zoo and aquarium.
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5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407-3224
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Absolutely love the area. Trails, picnicking, beach, drives, overlooks, zoo, aquarium, a fort, etc. Such a variety of things!

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Viktorija F
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We went with friends, family and dogs and we all had a blast. The beach, the dog park, hiking the trails. We’re planning on going back soon to see more. Probably when the weather warms up a little.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank matt s
Reviewed 3 days ago

The view is wonderful of the puget sound. The restaurants are a nice place to get a bit to eat. I love to water the water front and enjoy the fresh breeze. This area is wonderful for photos of family and friends.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Christina M
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

If u haven't gone, you really should. Point Defiance is the 2nd largest city park in the U.S., Grand Central in N.Y. being the first. 760 acres. Awesome trails, gardens, picnic areas, the Zoo and the new aquarium. I think u can even swim with...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Christa L
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Beautiful park! So much to see in it... beach, Japanese gardens, zoo, Fort Nisqually, viewpoints, rhododendron garden, walking paths, etc.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank ranchbearpaw
Reviewed 3 days ago

Designed and built to be the center of Tacoma, this incredible park, zoo and aquarium gives the visitor true variety and unperilled access to nature at it's finest. A must see destination.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank travelcogirl
Reviewed 3 days ago

If you are not willing to walk down to the beaches and hidden spots, the 5 mile loop is good way to have nice views and enjoy the calm of the forest.

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Marie F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Point Defiance Park provides all sorts of walking/hiking opportunities. Paths are well maintained and offer many options. Great winter and summer! Park at the zoo entrance (animals tell you what section you are in - "A" for Ant Eater, "B" for (can't remember), etc. Cross...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank tiredtraveler99
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited this area in December so there wasn't anything blooming but the scenery and views were still lovely. Be sure to visit Fort Nisqually and take the five mile drive to see various scenic views of the Seattle area.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank shnpan
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I grew up here in Tacoma. And Poio Defiance park is beautiful anytime of year. If in Tacoma it’s a must see Visit the Zoo you will enjoy it

Date of experience: January 2019
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Response from Shelia S | Reviewed this property |
Wheelchairs: $8.75 per day* Strollers: $8 single; $10 double* Electric Scooter: $27.50* (minimum age 18 yrs) Umbrella: $5* Lockers: $1 per day for a small; $1.50 for a large
31 July 2018|
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Response from judyMaryland | Reviewed this property |
Mix of ferry land ferry and then walking. Transportation on vashon island would take some research on your part. Seattle to Vashion ferry is opposite end of island from tahlequah ferry
Beth N
10 March 2018|
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Response from JeffN925 | Reviewed this property |
Weather forecast is for sun with high of 68, but this is the Pacific NW and I would be prepared for all weather conditions. Hope this helps.