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Point Defiance Park

5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407
253 305 1000
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Ranked #1 of 37 attractions in Tacoma
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Zoos, Aquariums, State Parks, Parks
Description: Scenic park offering more than 700 acres of woodland trails, gardens and waterfront views, along with a zoo and aquarium.
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Seattle, Washington
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Liked driving the 5 mile loop along the coast. Enjoyed seeing a different forest than our eastern forests.

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Jackson, Mississippi
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42 reviews 42 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

We loved the rose garden, dahlia garden, five mile drive with look-out points, and Fort Nisqually. Allow an hour to walk around the flower gardens and to drive the scenic Five Mile Drive, stopping at every look-out point to see the incredible views over the Puget Sound. It took another half hour to tour Fort Nisqually.

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Columbus, Georgia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

I went to Point Defiance based upon trip advisor. I am glad I did. It was nice seeing all the families by the water, cooking out, playing volleyball, and kayaking. I went for a nice short hike and the forest was beautiful. I walked along the sound and saw a seal swimming along the shore! How cool is that?

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Palmetto, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Great place to visit. Drove all around, didn't hike but the trails looked good, lots of runners. The signage was difficult to follow, I guess because the five mile drive didn't open to cars until 10am,

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Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We enjoyed a walk on the beach and a drive through the park. They have kayak rentals, a nice beach and trails, and we wished we had more time to explore.

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Seattle, Washington, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

This is a fabulous zoo/aquarium. Lots of different and unique animals. I especially loved the polar bears - so uncommon to see them up close. I also liked the tiger area - they are beautiful. The underwater viewing area of the sea otters and other marine mammals is super. You could stay all day because of the feedings and the... More

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Portland, Oregon
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We stumbled upon this gorgeous park on our way to visit Fort Nisqually. I have never been to a more beautiful, well manicured, clean, scenic park, (in all of America, in my opinion). Great for: kids, adults, picnics, hiking, strolling, exploring, running, smelling (flowers), nature watching, weddings... you get the drift. We enjoyed exploring the vast duck pond and its... More

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Cupertino, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Wonderful park, we were with dogs on leash and small kids-scenic, natural, huge trees, and serenely green. It was a great hike.towards sunset.

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seattle
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

If you love gardens, zoo, beautiful places to walk, jog, or picnic THIS is the place. I have been to parks around the world and this park is in the top five on my Love list. If you have a car, it is best.

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Manchester, Washington, United States
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

You can walk on the beach, take a gentle hike, explore some history, go to the zoo, or just have a picnic.... A bit of everything.

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