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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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Calm in Tacoma

Beautiful even when the flowers aren't in full bloom. Sit and watch the ducks, listen to the fountain, take a walk and enjoy nature.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Spanaway, Washington
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Spanaway, Washington
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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Beautiful even when the flowers aren't in full bloom. Sit and watch the ducks, listen to the fountain, take a walk and enjoy nature.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

We live in the Tacoma area and have visited Point Defiance Park many times. It is a bit like Central Park in New York. Large wooded park where many in our community love to walk.

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124 reviews 124 reviews
16 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This place is like it's own little town. There is a ferry, Zoo, Anthony's (delicious) restaurant, beach, trails, views, everything! Drive the five mile loop, bring your camera, or sit on Owens beach and enjoy some sand and sun. It gets crowded though!

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Tacoma, Washington
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

My wife and friends regularly use this scenic park for walks, bicycling and picnics. It's huge, has many activities and areas to visit that include waterfronts along Puget Sound, boating activities and fishing. Very nice and well kept trails for hiking. I personally haven't visited the zoo yet but it's on my agenda. Outside of zoo activities, you can always... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

I got married here to my wife by the rose garden! It was magnificent. The open space and atmosphere was just one of those we thought would be perfect for our tiny wedding. That alone should tell you how much we adore this place. In winter, they have the zoo lights. I'm sure you would have heard of it. If... More 

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Lacey, Washington
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29 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Pt. Defiance Park is a destination that can please everyone. It has a zoo and aquarium, rose gardens that rival Portland's rose gardens ( and Portland is called the City of Roses...so you know these are good!) and other botanical garden throughout. Owens Beach offers gorgeous walks along the beach and you can rent kayaks or picnic anywhere in the... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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31 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Quite a large zoo, with numerous times where staff did a talk while feeding the animals. Very educational! Really amazing to learn about the work this one zoo has done to save the American red wolf from extinction! The aquarium has two sections - northern Pacific and southern Pacific. You can go downstairs in each to see the fish under... More 

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Shanghai
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

If you ever wanted to see and spend time with a variety of tigers up close, this is the zoo! With amazing views of the bay and Ranier don't hesitate to run there on a sunny day and spend the afternoon enjoying the park.

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57 reviews 57 reviews
17 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

So many trails to choose from, you could go the day without seeing another person. The 3 main trails are relatively well marked. When you are on the paths, you feel completely secluded from everything. The treetops are so heavy, it is hard for rain to penetrate through. There are great water views from parts of the park. If you... More 

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Tacoma, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

If you like to walk among tall fir trees, see beautiful gardens, go to a small but great zoo, walk around a lake, and see animals in the wild you should visit Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, WA. There are many trails, including one that is miles long. The zoo is really cool, with clouded leopards, beluga whales, red wolves,... More 

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