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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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Morgantown, West Virginia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW 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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Port Orchard, WA
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

We went to Point Defiance Park Thursday, August 28, 2014. What a wonderful trip!! I am mobility limited so we have to carefully plan any of our trips. This park is well maintained, easily accessible, parking galore and close to the particular attractions you want to visit. We chose to go to the Rose Garden, Japanese Garden, Dahlia gardens, Rhododendron... More

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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

We had a blast here. It was clean well maintained. Our little guy had a great time it was well laid out. The only disappointment was it seemed like a lot of the little stands were closed and there were no camel rides even tho it was Labor Day weekend. We absolutely loved the grandstand show. Overall it was a... More

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North Vancouver, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

The park is decent but nothing out of the world in terms of the Pacific Northwest. The off leash dog walking area was a bit of a dud - very dusty and not clean. The 5-mile drive was a bit overhyped. I guess it is more suitable for lazy Americans who hate the idea of any physical exertions. Did not... More

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Peoria, Arizona
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Small zoo but very well laid out. Watched the polar bears swim below the water line and viewed the shark tank as well....Staff members are very friendly and helpful. Great outdoor theater show.

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Palm Bay, Florida
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456 reviews 456 reviews
262 attraction reviews
157 helpful votes 157 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We took the 5 mile drive through the park with its manicured grounds and flower beds. Well worth the drive. This is a very lovely park

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Rancho Santa Margarita, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

A must visit for those who love botanical, rose and rhododendron gardens. You can spend as much time as you like walking or hiking around taking in all the wonderful foliage. There is a zoo for the kids as well as water front beaches with water activities.

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Federal Way, Washington, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

If you're a garden lover, don't miss all the gardens at Pt. Defiance Park. Many folks go just for the Zoo, and it's a good one, but the park itself is a jewel. There's a beautiful rose garden in bloom from June to September. A dahlia garden (in rose garden space) late summer. There are gorgeous hydrangeas all around mid... More

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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

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

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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