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Point Defiance Park

5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407
253 305 1000
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Ranked #2 of 38 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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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

I liked everything about Defiance Point - even the begging raccoons. We walked some of the beautiful gardens too. Would definitely go here next time we're in Tacoma.

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Irving, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Easy trails, nice views, a real sense of what the type of rain forest that is unique to the Pacific NW. Huge trees, moss and ferns everywhere.

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Denver, CO
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31 reviews 31 reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Beautiful park. Well maintained. Manicured gardens. Great drive/walks. Watch out for the raccoons though. Obviously people have been feeding them as they beg by the side of the road. Too bad.

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Dallas, Texas, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

When we were there, we actually saw a bald eagle snatch a fish out of Puget Sound and fly off with it. It was beautiful!

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Vancouver, Canada
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Went to the "Bonfires and Boogeyman" outing - very nice, but many of the parents there did NOT control their children. *My husband and I wound-up leaving early due to all the rowdy, noisy children. Nice place though!

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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Nice way to spend an afternoon by the colorful show stopping dahlias beds. The parks free and connects to 3 other gardens that have fushia, impatience, and marigolds all in bloom. The nicotia smells great, Japanese gardens have wonderful water features and are peaceful. Walking is do able with a wheelchair but not easy. Parking is free and the gardens... More

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Steilacoom, Washington
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86 reviews 86 reviews
36 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Point Defiance Park has to be the best city park I have ever visited. If you want to experience an amazing forest, stunning Puget Sound views, beautiful gardens, a walk on the beach, playgrounds for kids, picnic areas for groups, a fantastic zoo ~ look no further than a trip to Point Defiance Park. I recommend visiting this park often... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Coming home isn't coming home without some time at Pt. Defiance. Zoo, walk along the beach, trails. ... The place is awesome. Zoo lights at Christmas... For newbies, recommend looking up what's here and doing a little planning before you arrive.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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156 reviews 156 reviews
31 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

This is a great place with a variety of things to do. I loved the beautiful views on five mile drice, the wonderfully scented roses and the many varieties of dahlias. The Japanese garden could use a little improvement, but it was nice as well. The trails are nice and are mostly easygoing. The beach are is nice, but I'm... More

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Easy to get to-and it seems huge! Beautiful views-wish we would of had more time to explore. We did go to zoo and aquarium and really enjoyed but if you just want to go to the park and relax and enjoy, I'd highly recommend it.

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