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Point Defiance Park

5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407
253 305 1000
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Ranked #2 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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Fairbanks, Alaska
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

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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Austin, Texas, USA
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

If you like the outdoors, this is a don't miss destination. There is lots to do here. One evening we enjoyed the coastal promenade walk (0.79 miles). Very scenic. The next day we returned to do the outer coastal loop (4.3 miles). We also enjoyed the gardens. The dahlia and rose gardens were exceptional. A really fun place to enjoy... More

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Washington
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

This is such a gorgeous well maintained park. Lovely spot for weddings. The rose and dahlia garden is a delight for flower lovers. Most of them are labeled so you can keep track of those you like best.

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Minot, North Dakota
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

I spent the day at the park and it was very relaxing. Not much in the way of things to do bring a Frisbee or a blanket and book and just relax. If you have children just let them run freely and maybe bring some bread to feed the ducks on the pond.

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GOLDEN
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12 reviews 12 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Coming from out of town, it was a pleasant surprise to find this park that has a decent amount of trails that connect for activity. My husband and I are runners and appreciated the park and its trail system, not to mention its beauty.

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Tacoma, Washington
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

My husband and I really enjoy the trails on the 5 Mile drive! We have taken our Dixie's there numerous times. The trails are very nicely kept and easy to follow.

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Mentor, Ohio
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137 reviews 137 reviews
71 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Amazing Flower gardens, small zoo, Great five mile drive along the sound with incredible views. There is an area to walk the beach and there is a ferry terminal.

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Holbrook, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is a truly beautiful spot outside of Tacoma. There are rose, fuschia and dahlia gardens with a nice duck pond and also Asian- themed Pagoda building and serenity garden. Also walk down the promenade to Owen Beach and enjoy the views. There is a 5-mile loop road drive that is very shady and wildlife abounds.

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Sauk City, Wisconsin
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34 reviews 34 reviews
18 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We spend a half a day hiking at this park on the blue, 5 mile trail. (fairly easy hike) The park is beautiful and well maintained. There are three spots along the trail with a shelter, bathrooms (flushing) and picnic tables. About half way there is a fort encampment with several buildings and houses and live demonstrations. ($7 entry for... More

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Morgantown, West Virginia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 via mobile

Park was full but it is so large that you didn't feel crowded. Loved sitting along the shore. My daughter found beautiful rocks along the water's edge. There are some great overlooks as well.

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