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Point Defiance Park

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Open Now: 6:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Open today: 6:30 AM - 6:30 PM
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Great drive and lovely to visit

We went to do the five mile drive but ended up stopping at several venues, all of which are worth... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Manhattan Beach, California
Couldn’t be prettier!

Flower gardens among the best ever, anywhere!!! Peaceful green park, nice places to walk and think... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Hugo S
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  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
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Scenic park offering more than 700 acres of woodland trails, gardens and waterfront views, along with a zoo and aquarium.
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5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407-3224
+1 253-305-1030
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Visited the park and zoo/aquarium with 4, 3 and 8 month old kids. Recommended day out. Zoo needs to have more staff at admission office - only one person for general admission and on a Sunday! Resulted in 45 minute wait hence only scored 4

Thank SpiggyMason
Reviewed 4 days ago

We went to do the five mile drive but ended up stopping at several venues, all of which are worth seeing for the tranquility, views, or both!

Thank EricaLeB
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Flower gardens among the best ever, anywhere!!! Peaceful green park, nice places to walk and think, easy to access and free. A splendid place.

Thank Hugo S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fun and interesting place especially for the little ones. Wish there wasn't so much construction going on. Love seeing the kids experience all the animals.

Thank Shirley M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

These park encompasses a wide variety of activities for everyone. Whether you ate a runner, walker, or a family, this park will offer it all for you. Take some time and enjoy a picnic at any of the well placed picnic benches throughout the park....More

Thank dandreassen
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We toured the 5 Mile Drive, just taking our time, enjoying the scenery, watching raccoons, stopping for walks. This is a very peaceful experience.

Thank James B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Always a pleasure to visit. Walk, hike, bike, geocache,animal watch or just admire the trees and flowers. It is a beautiful park. Owens Beach is a wonderful place to visit during the summer months and you can rent kayaks.

Thank N5068PKkevink
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place rocks. The love of my life and I rented bikes and did the park right. Perfect outing and the roses garden was to die for.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wow, what a great place, miles of great forested hikes, beautiful gardens and japanese structures and tones. Awesome water views and a historical fort. We had a terrific time stopping at every stop and hiking down to the water.

Thank lost_bobcat
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Saw Owen Beach & drove through the park. Like driving through a tunnel of trees! Be sure to see Fort Nisqually and get a souvenir water buffalo horn glass.

Thank Frank C
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Linda-Darrel B
August 14, 2018|
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Response from Shelia S | Reviewed this property |
Wheelchairs: $8.75 per day* Strollers: $8 single; $10 double* Electric Scooter: $27.50* (minimum age 18 yrs) Umbrella: $5* Lockers: $1 per day for a small; $1.50 for a large
Corinne T
July 30, 2018|
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Response from judyMaryland | Reviewed this property |
Mix of ferry land ferry and then walking. Transportation on vashon island would take some research on your part. Seattle to Vashion ferry is opposite end of island from tahlequah ferry
Beth N
March 9, 2018|
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Response from Jeff N | Reviewed this property |
Weather forecast is for sun with high of 68, but this is the Pacific NW and I would be prepared for all weather conditions. Hope this helps.