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Point Defiance Park

Address: 5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407
Phone Number: 253 305 1000
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Ranked #1 of 86 things to do in Tacoma
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Owner description: Scenic park offering more than 700 acres of woodland trails, gardens and waterfront views, along...
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Owner 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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46 reviews 46 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

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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Milton, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

I love this zoo and the many events it holds throughout the year for families. We make it a family event every few weeks to come to the zoo.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We enjoy the sights from the cliffs, the off leash dog park, the old fort and the railway artifacts. During the summer it is a great place for hiking and staying cool. Great place for family gatherings.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

BEAUTY. Please visit Point Defiance Park. Drive through it in your car. Take your time. Then go through it again, this time stopping at different places to take a look and walk around. Enjoy some of the most beautiful nature you will see in the world. Green the way all trees should be green. See the Rhododendron Garden. Walk along... More 

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Seattle
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Beautiful running trails cover this point, with great views of Vashon Island, the twin bridges and Gig Harbor.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Miles of walking and running trials, lookout points, beach walks, Japanese gardens, rose gardens, ponds, zoo and aquarium. Easy to drive. Catch a ferry to local Vashon Island or get a bite to eat at Anthony's all at one stop. What more can you ask for in a city park? It's beautiful.

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Tacoma, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This park is one of the oldest in the West. The trees are large and magnificent! Lots of hiking and running trails plus a 5 mile driving route which opens to cars late morning allowing walkers, cyclists and runners some auto-free time in the earlier hours. Great vistas of Puget Sound, The Narrows Bridges and the Islands around.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I can safely say this park is one of the best in the country. We have a Zoo, an Aquarium, Miles of hiking and walking trails, a giant bowl to play frisbee, or catch . And there is a five mile scenic drive that offers vantage points and photo ops of the Commencement Bay and The World Famous Narrows Passage... More 

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Tacoma, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

The park is great! Walking along the Sound. Driving thru the park. Going to the Fort. Just a great day! Kids love it!!

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