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Point Defiance Park

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5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407-3224
+1 253-305-1000
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Dahlia garden and five mile drive.

This park has alot to offer. This was not our first visit. We do not live close by but it is... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
name8150
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Free and drop dead gorgeous.

We decided to stay in Tacoma rather than fight the traffic to Seattle on a Monday. Our first stop... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Louisville, KY
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Scenic park offering more than 700 acres of woodland trails, gardens and waterfront views, along with a zoo and aquarium.
  • Excellent77%
  • Very good20%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“rose garden” (92 reviews)
“mile drive” (117 reviews)
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Hours Today: 09:30 - 16:00
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5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407-3224
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This park has alot to offer. This was not our first visit. We do not live close by but it is definitely worth the drive. Dahlia garden is fantastic.

Thank name8150
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We decided to stay in Tacoma rather than fight the traffic to Seattle on a Monday. Our first stop was at Point Defiance Park that was breathtakingly beautiful. It's free and there's a five mile road with views of the water and huge trees. Add...More

Thank jgbtravels
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a beautiful park to just drive around. We saw several deer in the park and made a special stop at the dahlia test garden. This is to the side of the rose garden and really illustrates the diversity of this flower.

Thank mme8771
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a great area for views. Lots of trees but also views of the water. The zoo is close by, along with a rose garden. I almost always see deer there as well.

Thank Derek L
Reviewed 5 days ago

Point Defiance Park reminds me of some of my favorite outdoor parks in Japan and Australia. It has everything from a zoo and aquarium (haven't visited these) to a dog park, hiking trails, gardens, and a beach. There are also several areas to park and...More

Thank Pippers79
Reviewed 6 days ago

this is a beautiful park to visit on a bright sunny day . you can lay out and tan as well a rent a spot to BBQ IN. and if you like flowers like i love flowers the natural design and smell of the rose...More

Thank Robert L W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lots of good walking,trails back in the woods are always intriguing. Places to park most of the time. A good place to relax.

Thank Heather R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a lovely spot! Great trails! I go here often. Parking is readily available. There are many marked trails. There's a board walk along the Sound and just east from there you can find great restaurants. You don't need specific hiking boots because the trails...More

Thank Monika B
Reviewed 1 week ago

A true gem to the southern Puget Sound! Stunning views, amazing hiking options, rhododendron garden, dahlia garden, rose garden, beach access and more! When I don't want to drive far to visit a forest and hike, this is my first choice! Grateful to the pioneers...More

Thank Diann S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited and walked at Owen Beach. Nice walk and view of Puget Sound. Especially enjoyed the rose garden and dahlia garden - brilliant colored flowers. Did not visit zoo or aquarium.

Thank Alan W
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Rachel K
14 August 2017|
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Response from chaslin19 | Reviewed this property |
Should be nice, but although they are having a warm rain free summer, some rain any month is the norm, so check out the forecast on accuweather before you go so you are prepared.
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Ryan J
8 April 2017|
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Response from Metro Parks T | Property representative |
Historically, we have had red foxes living in the park, but regulars have said there have been fewer sightings in recent years. They are extremely elusive, nocturnal animals. There are no particular locations in the park... More
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Margie B
9 August 2016|
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Response from BajaBadBoy | Reviewed this property |
Edward Otto Schwagerl and Ebenezer R. Roberts laid out the original plans and were influenced by Frederick Law Olmsted. Larry Krackle, Landscape Architect.
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