Point Defiance Park
Point Defiance Park
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6:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday
6:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
6:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
6:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
6:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
6:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
6:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
6:30 AM - 6:30 PM
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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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  • kerrville2023
    Wharton, Texas2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Point Defiance has something for all ages.
    We drove thru the park and the foliage was beautiful. We spent the morning at the zoo and the children age 8 and 11 enjoyed all of the exhibits. There were plenty of benches for the grandparents to sit and get a short rest. The children’s area was especially good because the slides and twirling chairs were so much fun. We had chowder and hot dogs at the food court and the children enjoyed one souvenir each at the gift store. We drove to the beach area but we are from Texas and the water at point defiance was very cold.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 31, 2023
  • Chris W
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Zoo/Aquarium
    Tucker away in Tacoma, WA is one of the most beautiful zoos and aquariums that I has been to in Washington/Oregon area. The main reason we went was to see the octopus, and she did not disappoint. She was "haming" it up for the camera. We went on a week day so many of the treat vendors were not open. There was a lot of walking, but beautiful planting through out the park. Many special experiences for the visitor. If interested in them plan you visit around them Outside of the giftshop in the main plaza is the most beautiful view of Mt. Rainer. All attractions are handicap accessible. Large parking lot, but remember how you got in there.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 11, 2023
  • Gordon
    Houston, Texas95 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Long walk in the woods, worth a second visit
    Stopped by after visiting the Zoo, and just started walking on a couple of trails and on the beach. Sort of a dark day with a bit of rain a couple times. Northwest weather. We only touched on the available trails and could have spent all day and still not covered all of the trails. Well maintained trails, with good surfaces, so easy walking shoes are good. Bring water even on a cool day as the water stations at the beach an the one parking were not on.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 25, 2023
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dburnu846896
Maple Valley, WA3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
We stopped at Fort Nisqually on five mile drive we were lucky on this Saturday they had a lot of volunteers doing things at the fort. The blacksmith had the fire going he explained about the heating of the steel and was making a tool also kitchen and a brick oven were going making a pie. The store had guys that explained all about the things of the 1800s all were dressed up in what they would be wearing for that time. We also got to go through the main house with all the furniture for that time it also had a lady dressed up and explained how they lived. We need to bring the grandkids back to get realistic history lesson.
Written November 1, 2022
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Skye
Fort Lauderdale, FL266 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Before heading to dinner, we stopped at the botanical garden in Point Defiance Park. Thankfully for us, the flowers were all in full bloom, the weather was gorgeous, and this wonderful place is free!

There are rows and rows of amazing flowers that circle the gazebo in the center of the garden. Each row had amazing flowers of all colors, shapes, and sizes. There were flowers we got to see that we never knew existed before. The setting was extremely beautiful and relaxing. There were people sitting on blankets and reading or people watching. Also, a lot of photographers taking photos of girls. It seemed to be a buzzing spot. I mean that literally with bees too as they flew around pollinating the flowers.

While we were there, a few deer came out of nowhere and were near the garden. That was a fun surprise. I don't know what the seasonal months for the flowers are, but I hope you get to experience them when you go.
Written October 4, 2020
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Portobello B
Seattle521 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
It was a sunny Oct. day and we got there in the late morning on Sunday. We did see the elephant, musk oxs, tiger, monkey, penquins, but what was really a great surprise is the new Aquarium. It was amazing. I would say it is a smaller version of the Monterey and Maui Aquariums. For a small zoo this was a nice feature. Lots of room for everyone to enjoy the sea life. They could do more to put signage at the front entrance to say it's "Open" as building is so dark inside I thought it was closed. We spent about 2 hours there and enjoyed it very much.
Written October 5, 2022
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Mark951
Riverside, CA224 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
We discovered this park on a recent trip to Tacoma. It has many things to see such as a zoo and an aquarium, Lots of places to park and walk along the water and enjoy the great views such as Owen Beach. The park has many signs making it easy to visit. The park was not crowded but we went in February.
Written February 24, 2023
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Sam
Washington244 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Beautiful grounds, with many activities to do. We have been here many times over the years. We have had picnics on beach, visited the zoo & aquarium, toured the rose garden and 5-mile drive.

Today was a first for us. We hiked a few of the trails today. Wanted to take in some sunshine, and enjoy some peace and quiet. Trails are very well marked, very difficult to get lost. Super safe, well manicured terrain. Some areas are mildly steep, and have slight decent. Overall very easy trails. We took our time and enjoyed the relaxing scenery/environment.

Lots of families on the trails with their pets.
Written June 2, 2020
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JollyPaul
Eugene, OR156 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Point Defiance is a collection of parks, beaches, zoo, waterfront, marinas, gardens, and event centers. It is an amazing asset for Tacoma. This review references the newer Dune Peninsula addition, a reclaimed site of a copper smelter. It connects to the rest of the park via the waterfront or an elevated pedestrian bridge. It also connects to the Ruston shopping and housing developments. It is more open than the forested areas of the park and has great views of downtown Tacoma and Mount Rainier. There are restrooms, paths, view points, sculptures, picnic tables and wide green areas perfect for outdoor events or playing with your dog. There is also separate parking on the peninsula.
Written June 12, 2022
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dustythoughts
Manchester, CT2,150 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
I wandered through this park after spending all day in meetings, and it was a (literal) breath of fresh air. The park is well-planned and gorgeous, with five miles of trails for hiking, biking, or meandering. They have several beautiful gardens (I especially liked the herb garden and the Japanese garden, although they're all pretty), and the zoo/aquarium is fantastic. The beach appeared to be closed to the public for construction, although it looks like they're planning to reopen it this summer.
Written May 12, 2022
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kerrville2023
Wharton, TX2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
We drove thru the park and the foliage was beautiful. We spent the morning at the zoo and the children age 8 and 11 enjoyed all of the exhibits. There were plenty of benches for the grandparents to sit and get a short rest. The children’s area was especially good because the slides and twirling chairs were so much fun. We had chowder and hot dogs at the food court and the children enjoyed one souvenir each at the gift store. We drove to the beach area but we are from Texas and the water at point defiance was very cold.
Written July 31, 2023
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ChicagoHiker11
Chicago, IL98 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
I was very excited when I arrived to see that this park had everything to keep a traveler busy for the day. I had 6 hours to spend before I had to catch a flight and did not want to go too far from the airport. The park was a 45 minute drive and well worth every minute of it. From the duck pond, to the rose garden, the zoo/aquarium and the fantastic view points. It really is the best state park I have ever seen. But the most breathtaking part is the 5 mile drive, with all the trails. The pine trees, ferns and lush green forest is just breath-taking. This is a must see for anyone traveling through Tacoma and highly recommended for elderly people since the rose garden, pagoda, visitor center and zoom is very easy to navigate on flat surfaces.
Written August 1, 2021
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Gordon
Houston, TX95 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Stopped by after visiting the Zoo, and just started walking on a couple of trails and on the beach. Sort of a dark day with a bit of rain a couple times. Northwest weather. We only touched on the available trails and could have spent all day and still not covered all of the trails. Well maintained trails, with good surfaces, so easy walking shoes are good. Bring water even on a cool day as the water stations at the beach an the one parking were not on.
Written October 25, 2023
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