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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 28 Activities 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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Seattle, Washington
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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

beautiful park great place to take the kids and there is a ton do do the views are amazing the zoo is right there as is the water and the fort, the trails are amazing and the rose gardens are truly stunning

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South Florida, Florida
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45 reviews 45 reviews
11 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

5 mile drive inside of park, great views of sound, hiking trails, picnic areas. Very, Very nice and lush green park. Beach areas with plenty of parking and a marina as well.

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Lakewood, Washington
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

We get an annual membership almost every year....that way if we have a full afternoon or just an hour we can go say hi to all our favorite animals.

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Seattle
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174 helpful votes 174 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Nice large park in Tacoma that has quite a bit to see and do. Nice trails, a zoo with aquarium, and Fort Nisqually, not to mention some good beaches with views of the Sound. A good place to take the family for an outing.

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Seattle, Washington
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

meh, it was ok. Guess we have seen some really nice light displays other places to it made this one seem a bit lack luster.

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Seattle, Washington
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

During the Christmas season the zoo fills the park with lights worth seeing, not only for the colorful trees but also for the animal animations they create. There are also real camels that you can take a picture with. Once you finish walking around in the freezing cold, you can go into the aquarium to see fish, sharks, and Santa... More 

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Portland, Maine
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30 reviews 30 reviews
18 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Beautiful vista views of the mountains and sound from the expansive beach. Strolling on the paths within the park, one feels like one is in the primeval untouched forest. Quite magical.

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Branson, Missouri
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11 reviews 11 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Not a place to miss when you are in Tacoma. It is more than a zoo! There are trail to hike, beautiful flower gardens to enjoy, waterfront to visit and history at the fort. Even a drive through the park is worth your wile.

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Tacoma, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Many nice trails to enjoy. You can walk through wooded areas or go for a stroll on the beach. Our kids loved the aquarium and also the zoo. Lots of exhibits for them to interact with and several educational activities provided by knowledgable park personnel. Bring a lunch and enjoy the many picnic areas (weather permitting). The park is free... More 

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Tacoma, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 via mobile

Birds, flowers, wildlife, trails, beaches, restaurant, it has a bit of everything from picnic to fine dining or a pleasant sidewalk to some adventurous trails.

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