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Point Defiance Park

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Address: 5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407-3224
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09:30 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 16:00
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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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Fantastic 🌹 flowers and greenery, especially the ferns, so many different varieties. The beach is nice but cold. Ferry available to a Vashold Island. Beautiful flowers. Plan to... read more

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Universal City, Texas
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Fantastic 🌹 flowers and greenery, especially the ferns, so many different varieties. The beach is nice but cold. Ferry available to a Vashold Island. Beautiful flowers. Plan to take at least a day. You won't regret it. Plan a picnic!

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Kailua, Hawaii
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Being from Hawaii where land is in short supply, I throughly enjoyed this park. The kids could run forever and the adults ltried to keep up. Try to go every time I visit my family. So many places to stop off and relax.

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16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Or. Defiance park and zoo is the best. There is so much to see. Walking trails, BBQ down by beach, driving through 5 mile drive you will see several colors of our state flower,a deer may walk in front of you or a fox run by. I've gone to this park since I was a young child and never get... More 

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Tacoma, Washington
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4 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Point Defiance Park offers the full range of attractions that would be normal for a metropolitan city; zoo, gardens, beach, tennis courts, walking paths. What is unusual are the hiking trails through a minimally touched by man forest that provide an idea of what the Pacific Northwest must have been like hundreds of years ago. We enjoy the zoo... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A great place for young kids. They can pet small sea creatures and see most small animals you don't see in big Zoos. What I like in this zoo is that it has outdoor and indoor facility, so when you're tired, you can go indoor.

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Milton, Washington
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4 reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We especially like all the beautiful gardens - the Rose Garden is exquisite, and the Begonia Gardens are the best. The 5 mile drive is great, just way too much to describe in full.

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Thank royesprague
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I've loved this place for over twenty years, and it's been really great to bring my three boys the past two summers. We've had a great time both times, specifically down at the beach. Water is cold but doesn't stop my guys from getting in, their fav is to find logs to ride. And the vistas are incredible- on a... More 

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Thank Holliejoy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Never tire of taking the 5 mile drive on a sunny evening. So many raccoons to greet you along the road! Just lovely!!

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Thank 1Sunbumm
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Quite a beautiful drive through the entire park. Saw a few wild animals and many birds. The roads are very well kept and it was easy traveling.

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Seattle
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Point Defiance is truly beautiful.. It is a huge park with breathtaking scenery! Perfect for a nice day out with the kiddos

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