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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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Sun - Sat 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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My Favorite Place in Tacoma

Wow! What a gem. I liked visiting much more than I thought i would. There is a wide variety of attractions here and really just driving around is breathtaking. Don't miss the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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67 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Wow! What a gem. I liked visiting much more than I thought i would. There is a wide variety of attractions here and really just driving around is breathtaking. Don't miss the gardens or the fort.

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Bellevue, Washington
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104 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Whether you're visiting in the winter for Zoo Lights or summer, there's lots to see and do in the park. Fort Nisqually is also a great destination. There's a fee to tour the Fort, plan on an extra hour+ if you decide to check it out. There's a lot of wildlife inside and near the park. We saw deer in... More 

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Pocatello, Idaho
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121 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful and fun! We found a nice beach at this park and sat and watched the ocean for a couple of hours. It was so great! Very clean park.

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Thank Heather G
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a good relaxing spot. You can see a lot of locals come do exercise and relax. Hammocks or blanquets some people playing tennis or jogging and others taking pictures

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Thank Javier O
Everett, Washington
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18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Took some out of state family to visit the beach,was a great afternoon.Not to crowded,but a number of people out enjoying the day.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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52 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We frequent this park and it's always clean and beautiful. I love the 5 mile drive and all the views. Great place to go if you like Pokémon Go and/or beautiful scenery!

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Gig Harbor, Washington
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257 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I love Point Defiance, it is a place I bring my out of town visitors to because of the variety. With beautiful old growth forests, a lovely drive with views galore, the beaches for sunbathing, swimming if you dare and rock skipping, long and short trails to get your workout on and picnic areas, you just can't beat this place... More 

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Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm in Tacoma alone and this was a perfect solo activity. Great view with well maintained paths. The zoo is also here which I did not go to. Nice workout and there are even places for decent rock climbing.

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Thank Josh B
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29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great park with beaches, picnic areas and hiking trails. Good family and friend gathering place. We saw deer and racoons on a backdrop of uncrowded beach and forest.

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Thank Cec T
Tacoma, Washington
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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a large forested park, with established beaches, waterfront promenade, boat house and Marine store -- picnicking spots, rose gardens, rhododendron gardens and miles and miles of established trails -- there really is something for most families here -- I take my dogs here every day for walking the trails, and then playing in the off-leash dog area --... More 

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