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Point Defiance Park

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Address: 5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407-3224
Phone Number: 253 305 1000
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9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Scenic park offering more than 700 acres of woodland trails, gardens and...

Scenic park offering more than 700 acres of woodland trails, gardens and waterfront views, along with a zoo and aquarium.

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Greenery Paradise

Huge park near the ocean. The biggest second park in the US after Central park in NY. Located north of Tacoma, its a popular place for locals to do jogging and hiking. Very well... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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St. Petersburg, Russia
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St. Petersburg, Russia
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Huge park near the ocean. The biggest second park in the US after Central park in NY. Located north of Tacoma, its a popular place for locals to do jogging and hiking. Very well maintained facilities and landscape - walking paths and trecks, developed flower gardens, Japanese Pagoda. Lots of places for barbeque and view points to enjoy the scenery.... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Point Defiance Park is absolutely stunning with the water on one side and magnificent pines on the other. Many families, couples, dogs, kayaks; the park is used by many for a variety of activities. It's a wonderful place to relax, hike, bbq and enjoy the views.

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Orting, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I haven't been to this zoo in years, so I was expecting to see some radical changes. The only change I noticed was construction building a new aquarium that will open in 2018. The exhibits look and smell clean and zoo personnel are everywhere to answer questions. Unfortunately, not all animals are on display and they switch out some animals... More 

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Thank Kelly P
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This park is amazing!! Loved the flower and herb garden!! The duck pond had fish and turtles in it! The trails were great especially after being in a plane all day!! The view of Puget Sound is well worth the crazy parking!

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Thank unionnovel
Tacoma, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This would be a great place to take your family for a day hike in the woods a long walk on the beach or a picnic barbecue. There is also a very nice zoo and the aquarium is amazing for a city of the size of Tacoma. The south sea exhibit takes you through a tropical environment and down stairs... More 

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Thank Marshall C
Tacoma, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I enjoy going to Point Defiance Park it's very scenic and relaxing to way, sit and enjoy the people and scenery. The park is very family oriented and if you're along you fit right in.They also have the Point Defiance Zoo there too

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Thank James M
Tacoma, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

From laying on the beach to hiking through the woods, this park has everything for a fun family day. Owens Beach is a relaxing day in the sun; with water front areas and a long walking trail along the shore. The 5 mile drive offers many scenic stops and a lot of picnic areas to enjoy lunch. Plan on spending... More 

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Thank Roy631
Tacoma, Washington
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16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Point Defiance Park is right above the Puget Sound. On the drive through the park you get awesome views of the water. There is wildlife everywhere. There is a Japanese garden and water feature. There is a stunning rose garden. There are ponds with fish and ducks and turtles. There are picnic areas. Lots of grass to relax on. There... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We love coming to Point Defiance for the easy walking trails and amazing water views. Sometimes you're lucky enough to see humpback whales or orcas as the pass through the Puget Sound. The grounds are beautiful any time of the year.

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Kent, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We drove into the park and down to Owen Beach. We walked the promanade and then settled onto the beach for a picnic and some beach watching. Great views of the mountain and boats were all around. Take chairs or a thick blanket as it is rocky. We then drove the five mile perimeter road, stopping to see the vistas.... More 

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