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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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Puyallup, Washington
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

The roses are GORGEOUS in this park. I love going to the zoo and aqarium. You can walk around this park for hours. The place is beautiful. Afterwards grab some seafood at Anthony's and you've got a great day!

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San Antonio, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Fantastic wilderness park in the midst of Tacoma Wa. Wildlife, beaches, gardens, forest all are found here. Very scenic and easy to explore.

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Tacoma, Washington
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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

What a beautiful garden area to take pictures! We recently had out of town family and had tons of beautiful pictures taken there and everyone was very polite about standing back while they were taken. What a beautiful park from the entrance to the exit it is just stunning.

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FLORIDA
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84 reviews 84 reviews
33 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Acres of manicured gardens and beautiful views from the lookout areas of the mountains and islands and water. Also enjoyed stopping at the marina and watching one of the ferrys coming in with people going to work and their cars being off-loaded. Nothing we see in Florida, but a great time saver in the Seattle area.Very much worth the one... More

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Loomis, California
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72 reviews 72 reviews
33 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Beautiful views, kayak rentals, hiking trails, a marina and a great restaurant. What more can you say. Fishing licenses available at the marina and also a ferry port.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

I love this park. I always want to go here because the trees are huge and I can pretend I have enough time to wander through old-growth forest. If you walk along the waterfront, there are lots of people, and kayak rentals/ice cream, that kind of thing. If you walk up into the woods, it's quiet and feels far away... More

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Red Bluff, California
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55 reviews 55 reviews
30 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

After driving from California, it was great to get out and walk along the promenade and read the poetry in the sidewalk! The walk is along the Sound the whole way, to the rose garden and zoo.

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Idaho Falls, Idaho
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51 reviews 51 reviews
15 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We visited this park on a sunny weekend afternoon, so there were plenty of people out enjoying the day. Kayaks, and paddle boards can be rented near the beach. There are plenty of good walking trails with great views of Vashon Island. One trail along the beach is paved and has sayings etched in the concrete. There are benches along... More

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Penang Island, Malaysia
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53 reviews 53 reviews
30 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014 via mobile

If you can stop a few hundred yards from the entrance stop at the beautiful Rose Gardens and original Lodge house of the superintendent of the gardens on the left built in the late 1800s.We were lucky enough to see a wedding there. At the start of the 5 mile drive we stopped at the Japanese gardens , Point Defiance... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Point defiance was very pretty. We just stopped for a short visit but the beach has some old growth trees you'll never see in Wisconsin and some nice vistas of the sound. The garden was in perfect bloom when we went as well and it was spectacular.

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