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Point Defiance Park

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Address: 5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407
Phone Number: 253 305 1000
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Description: Scenic park offering more than 700 acres of woodland trails, gardens and...
Scenic park offering more than 700 acres of woodland trails, gardens and waterfront views, along with a zoo and aquarium.
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This park was a gem!

We had most of a day before heading to the airport but we were not sure what to do. We found this place and we were very impressed. It was fun to go through all the gardens, the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
JeanSt
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Minnesota
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Minnesota
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32 reviews 32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

We had most of a day before heading to the airport but we were not sure what to do. We found this place and we were very impressed. It was fun to go through all the gardens, the beach and eat at their scenic restaurant overlooking the ocean.

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76 reviews 76 reviews
31 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

This zoo is really cool! They have a large number of beautiful animals. Several are very rare and all are in very good shape. Lots of anecdotes and stories around the animals. They even have a swimming with a sharks tank. The staff is very friendly and they have playground and fun ride for the kids.

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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

My wife and I go alone or with grandchildren. Sometimes we pic-nik at owens beach or 5 mile drive over looking the narrows Bridges. Owens for water and seals, large and small. % mile drive for Raccoons and the occassional eagle.

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tacoma
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Point Defiance Park has it all!! Beautiful rose garden. Great walking trails, picnic areas, lovely Japanese garden. Fantastic lookouts, nice beach. What is really great is that it is all FREE!! Yes, any size family can spend the day at the Point, and only spend money on the items they bring. There is also a zoo, and yes there an... More 

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3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The park is huge! Whether it is hiking in a lush forest, visiting the beach, or looking at flowers, this park has it all.

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Mountainair, New Mexico
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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

In town for UPS graduation and hungry for some hiking along the shoreline and beneath the big trees, Point Defiance offers that and more. A loop drive of some 5 miles for those in a hurry, but for those who prefer using their own two feet, a couple of nice hiking trail options exist. We made our own itinerary, parking... More 

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Arlington Heights, Illinois
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38 reviews 38 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

I had the opportunity to detour through the park and drove around the 5-mile road. It's not only a wonderful park - lots of trail and people hiking. Also a great forest - huge trees. And many views of the harbor and bridges. Don't miss this park if you're in Tacoma!

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Seattle, Washington
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We loved the paved trail. We didn't start at the beginning of the trail so we were confused in the beginning. very beautiful. the second time we came we parked up at the fort and walked down to do a three mile loop.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Drive through the surrounding forest was beautiful. Guide shared neat stories about the buildings, the former residents, and the Hudson Bay Company who originally built the trading post. Artifacts were great and the retail shop was neat too. Check their website for special events.

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Tacoma, Washington
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66 reviews 66 reviews
24 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

There is a lot to see here! Great hiking trails! A beach! Snack bar, and nice grassy area! The Zoo is also a nice little Zoo!

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