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Point Defiance Park

#1 of 79 things to do in Tacoma Features Animals
5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407-3224
+1 253-305-1000
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Taste of Tacoma

As if Point Defiance Park didn't have enough activities to keep you busy (Zoo, hiking, Rhododendron... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Tacoma, WA
Fantastic Park

Came for the first time this week and drove around the five mile drive. The place is chock-full of... read more

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Scenic park offering more than 700 acres of woodland trails, gardens and waterfront views, along with a zoo and aquarium.
  • Excellent77%
  • Very good20%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407-3224
+1 253-305-1000
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Reviewed yesterday

As if Point Defiance Park didn't have enough activities to keep you busy (Zoo, hiking, Rhododendron Garden, Owen Beach, picnicing, Japanese Garden, et al), in late June, you can add another activity: The annual Taste of Tacoma. We have gone each year for the past...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Came for the first time this week and drove around the five mile drive. The place is chock-full of hiking trails and maps, and lots of picnic areas. Must come back next year and explore this beautiful park more!

Thank AliciaPhxtoHK
Reviewed 4 days ago

Definitely walk across the bridge and explore the other side! So incredibly beautiful. Loved watching the kayak-ers in the water.

Thank Kim B
Reviewed 5 days ago

I took a family member from Palm Springs for a drive through the park and it was beautiful. It has some pullouts but mostly you just drive though a beautiful forest with occational views of the Puget Sound. We did park and took a short...More

Thank Ron H
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a really great spot near the water. There is a zoo near by that I had been to before. This time my husband and I walked around the park and to the beach. I recommend good walking shoes, water, and comfortable clothing if...More

Thank Dezwhitt
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great way for adults and children to spend three hours. It's very educational and fun. The layout is great and everything is labeled/marked well. You can avoid the admission lines and save a few dollars by purchasing your tickets online.

Thank Brian F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've lived in the northwest forever... but why have I not been to Owens beach? Lots of room, great boat watching.... I'm making my next party here. For sure. Beautiful!

Thank mwhite72M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a very nice visit to Point Defiance Park. We visited the visitor center. We went to the marina and boathouse area. We had a nice walk along the beach area (Owen Beach). We explored Fort Nisqually. Although we did not visit, there is...More

Thank mini
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a really lovely area - you can spend a full day rambling around the park - have a picnic and simply enjoy the space. Gardens are easily accessible by foot - and of course you can invest (Senior discount is still expensive! )...More

Thank Maureen C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wow...this place is amazing. I couldn't get over how peaceful and serene this place was. The sounds of the trees, water, birds, and critters was soothing. We actually visited several times in our stay in Tacoma. We saw deer, including one with some of her...More

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Ryan J
Hey, does anyone know anything about the red foxes at Point Defiance Park? I have seen arctic foxes there (at least at the zoo), but never seen a red fox through there (even on the 5 mile drive). I have raccoons and deer, but am curious to see where all of the red fox sightings are and how to go about seeing them. Has anyone else had a sighting of the red foxes at Point Defiance (besides the arctic foxes at the zoo)
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
Margie B
Who designed the park?
9 August 2016|
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Response from BajaBadBoy | Reviewed this property |
Edward Otto Schwagerl and Ebenezer R. Roberts laid out the original plans and were influenced by Frederick Law Olmsted. Larry Krackle, Landscape Architect.
Hi, is parking free?
31 July 2016|
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Response from Senioronabudget | Reviewed this property |
Yes, the parking is free.