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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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Universal City, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Point Defiance Park offers the sound, a bit of a rain forest feel, and tons of romantic areas tucked away. A great place to visit if you're in the Tacoma area!

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Wheatfield, Indiana, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We went with our Son and friends to the Taste of Tacoma which was held at Point Defiance Park. Although the weather was gloomy the Park was beautiful. Had ponds with little islands in the middle of them. Saw ducks, turtles, butterflies. Didn't go to the zoo, but heard good things about it.

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Cochrane, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

No one had heard of this but I was desperate to get to the ocean- nice area, pathways, restaurant, go cart, mini golf, nice surprise

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North, South Carolina
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415 reviews 415 reviews
143 attraction reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Enjoyed this drive, mostly along the shore. Didn't visit the zoo or other attractions, but enjoyed a relaxing afternoon with lunch outside at a nearby restaurant,

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Seattle, Washington
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Liked driving the 5 mile loop along the coast. Enjoyed seeing a different forest than our eastern forests.

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Jackson, Mississippi
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42 reviews 42 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We loved the rose garden, dahlia garden, five mile drive with look-out points, and Fort Nisqually. Allow an hour to walk around the flower gardens and to drive the scenic Five Mile Drive, stopping at every look-out point to see the incredible views over the Puget Sound. It took another half hour to tour Fort Nisqually.

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Columbus, Georgia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

I went to Point Defiance based upon trip advisor. I am glad I did. It was nice seeing all the families by the water, cooking out, playing volleyball, and kayaking. I went for a nice short hike and the forest was beautiful. I walked along the sound and saw a seal swimming along the shore! How cool is that?

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Palmetto, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Great place to visit. Drove all around, didn't hike but the trails looked good, lots of runners. The signage was difficult to follow, I guess because the five mile drive didn't open to cars until 10am,

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44 reviews 44 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We enjoyed a walk on the beach and a drive through the park. They have kayak rentals, a nice beach and trails, and we wished we had more time to explore.

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Seattle, Washington, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

This is a fabulous zoo/aquarium. Lots of different and unique animals. I especially loved the polar bears - so uncommon to see them up close. I also liked the tiger area - they are beautiful. The underwater viewing area of the sea otters and other marine mammals is super. You could stay all day because of the feedings and the... More

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