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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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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 NEW

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

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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Spanaway
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 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
38 helpful votes 38 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
65 helpful votes 65 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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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

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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30 reviews 30 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
6 helpful votes 6 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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