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Ranked #1 of 28 attractions in Tacoma
Category: Educational Sites; Landmarks
Owner description: TGS offers visitors a close up view of how hand blown glass is made and gives guests the opportunity to try it for... more » Owner description: TGS offers visitors a close up view of how hand blown glass is made and gives guests the opportunity to try it for themselves. The Glassblowing Experience is a one-on-one session with a skilled glassblower where people of all ages and walks in life can create blown glass for themselves. This facility also offers classes, group events, corporate gifts and their glass gallery features very talented local glass « less
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Ranked #2 of 28 attractions in Tacoma
Category: Parks; State Parks; Aquariums; Zoos
Scenic park offering more than 700 acres of woodland trails, gardens and waterfront views, along with a zoo and aquarium.
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Ranked #3 of 28 attractions in Tacoma
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
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Ranked #4 of 28 attractions in Tacoma
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums

LeMay Museum at Marymount - Home to over 500 cars collected by the late businessman Harold LeMay, and his family. The vehicles currently on display cover a century of automobiles... more »

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Ranked #5 of 28 attractions in Tacoma
Category: Museums; History Museums; Parks
History museum full of informative displays and artifacts on the history of Washington state.
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Ranked #6 of 28 attractions in Tacoma
Category: Zoos
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Ranked #7 of 28 attractions in Tacoma
Category: Aquariums; Zoos
Owner description: Treat your family to a special day at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. Where else can you see seahorses and sharks, peacocks... more » Owner description: Treat your family to a special day at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. Where else can you see seahorses and sharks, peacocks and penguins, wolves and walrus, all in one place? The 29-acre Zoo is large enough to offer an awesome array of animals yet small enough to let you get really close to them. Our keepers often roam the grounds, taking animals on strolls so you can see them up close. Who knows? You might run into a lynx on your way to see the polar bears! Be sure to visit Kids Zone. This fanciful exhibit engages children in active learning through play. The focus is on fun, movement and learning what animals need to thrive.The breathtaking views of Puget Sound, Mount Rainier and the Olympic Mountains are free - and so is the parking. So what are you waiting for? Bring your family to see ours. Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is open at 9:30 a.m. daily. Closing times vary. Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is just minutes off of I-5 in beautiful Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, WA. « less
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Ranked #8 of 28 attractions in Tacoma
Category: Art Museums; Specialty Museums; Museums
An international center for contemporary art with a sustained focus on glass.
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Ranked #9 of 28 attractions in Tacoma
Category: Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields; Landmarks
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Ranked #10 of 28 attractions in Tacoma
Category: Historic Sites; History Museums

Summertime is the right time for grown-up fun at Fort Nisqually Friday at the Fort on Friday, July 29 from 6 to 9 pm   Adults 21 and over are invited to come have a great time... more »

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Ranked #11 of 28 attractions in Tacoma
Category: Children's Museums; Museums
Owner description: Children of all ages will love the interactive activities and structured play that make learning fun through such exhibits as... more » Owner description: Children of all ages will love the interactive activities and structured play that make learning fun through such exhibits as "Under the Big Top: A Circus Adventure," "Grubby Gardeners" and the "Farmer's Market." « less
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Ranked #12 of 28 attractions in Tacoma
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
This grand relic from the golden age of rail travel was re-opened to visitors in the early 1990s.
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Ranked #13 of 28 attractions in Tacoma
Category: ; Art Museums; Museums
Owner description: --History-- Tacoma Art Museum was founded by a group of volunteers in 1935 and has since grown to become a national model for... more » Owner description: --History-- Tacoma Art Museum was founded by a group of volunteers in 1935 and has since grown to become a national model for regional, mid-sized museums. The museum is dedicated to exhibiting and collecting Northwest art, with the mission of connecting people through art. The museum's permanent collection includes the premier collection of Dale Chihuly's glass artwork on permanent public display. Tacoma Art Museum opened at its current location on May 3, 2003, when it moved from a former bank building that was built in 1920. Nearly twice the size of its previous location, Tacoma Art Museum's $22-million Antoine Predock-designed structure provides the space to exhibit more of the permanent collection. In designing the building, Predock drew inspiration from the region's light, its relationship to the water, the neighborhood's industrial history and character, Mount Rainier, the Thea Foss Waterway, and the surrounding structures in what is now known as the Museum District. Completed in November 2014, an addtional $15.5 million building project has added approximately 16,000 square feet, and houses the new Haub Family Collection of Western American Art. This collection establishes Tacoma Art Museum as the only major museum of Western American art of this caliber in the Northwest. It also enables the museum to fully explore the art history of the West while integrating its Western and Northwest collections. It's an exciting time to be a part of the Tacoma Art Museum family! --Mission and Vision-- Tacoma Art Museum is a public-spirited institution with nationally recognized exhibitions and innovative educational programs. Named by USA Today as one of the "Top 10 Great Places to See Art in Smaller Cities," the museum has developed a reputation for presenting art in a thought-provoking yet accessible manner with a strong commitment to Northwest art through its acquisition and exhibition programs. Founded in 1935, the museum has strong roots in the community and anchors Tacoma's lively downtown university and museum district. « less
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Ranked #14 of 28 attractions in Tacoma
Category: Historic Sites; Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Ranked #15 of 28 attractions in Tacoma
Category: Nature and Parks
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Ranked #16 of 28 attractions in Tacoma
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Nature and Parks
Owner description: This is a public park with a lake to walk around, a kids play area and a interpretive center with a reading area for kids,... more » Owner description: This is a public park with a lake to walk around, a kids play area and a interpretive center with a reading area for kids, tutles and snakes in tanks and a gift shop. Part of the Tacoma Parks system but deserves special mention. « less
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Ranked #17 of 28 attractions in Tacoma
Category: Monuments/ Statues; Landmarks
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Ranked #18 of 28 attractions in Tacoma
Category: Nature and Parks
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Ranked #19 of 28 attractions in Tacoma
Category: Convention Centers; Traveler Resources
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Ranked #20 of 28 attractions in Tacoma
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
Owner description: The Karpeles museum in Tacoma is one of several branches nationwide that feature extremely rare and important historical... more » Owner description: The Karpeles museum in Tacoma is one of several branches nationwide that feature extremely rare and important historical documents. « less
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Ranked #21 of 28 attractions in Tacoma
Category: Museums
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Ranked #22 of 28 attractions in Tacoma
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Ranked #23 of 28 attractions in Tacoma
Category: Civic Centers; Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields; Landmarks
Concerts, sporting events and other activities are held at the Tacoma Dome.
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Ranked #24 of 28 attractions in Tacoma
Category: Museums
Owner description: Job Carr Cabin Museum is bringing Tacoma's birthplace to life through interactive learning for visitors from all over the... more » Owner description: Job Carr Cabin Museum is bringing Tacoma's birthplace to life through interactive learning for visitors from all over the world. Step inside the Cabin, and you will feel as though you've been transported to 1870, six years after Job Carr arrived in the area and decided to "stake his claim" on the shores of Commencement Bay. This replica of Job's original Cabin provides a view into the lives of Tacoma's pioneers and early residents. The Cabin is open Wed-Sat 12-4 (Jun-Sep); 1-4 (Oct-May - CLOSED JANUARY) Private tours can be arranged with staff, if needed. Contact the Cabin Office via our website. « less
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Ranked #25 of 28 attractions in Tacoma
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
Ranked #26 of 28 attractions in Tacoma
Category: Museums
Ranked #27 of 28 attractions in Tacoma
Category: Casinos
Owner description: Riverboat casino, operated by the Puyallup Indian Tribe, offers Vegas-style gaming, live entertainment and professional... more » Owner description: Riverboat casino, operated by the Puyallup Indian Tribe, offers Vegas-style gaming, live entertainment and professional boxing. « less
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Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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