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Point Defiance Park

#1 of 82 things to do in Tacoma Features Animals
5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407-3224
+1 253-305-1000
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Hike and enjoy

We walked through the trails and let our girls run through the park for several hours. We ended our... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Britny H
Beautiful park with walking trails, nature, views

This is a beautiful park with views of water, beaches, nature. There was no admission fee. There... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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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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5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407-3224
+1 253-305-1000
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Reviewed yesterday

We walked through the trails and let our girls run through the park for several hours. We ended our walk with deer not far from us which was neat. We snapped a few pictures and the deer didn't mind us being there. Our girls enjoyed...More

Thank Britny H
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a beautiful park with views of water, beaches, nature. There was no admission fee. There is also a zoo nearby but I am not sure if that costs something

Thank familywith3boys
Reviewed 4 days ago

Once again I fell into a familiar trap : I ignored the natural beauty in my own backyard. What's the point of living here if I don't take advantage of this wonder. This summer I took a granddaughter and then my aunt and uncle to...More

Thank Dianclair
Reviewed 4 days ago

A large park with lots to see and do. Great for bicycles, runners, walkers, photographers and just sightseers

Thank Sqprice
Reviewed 6 days ago

I've been coming here since before I was born, so, 60+ years. There have been many changes - the zoo is bigger, better, and more progressive in its care for the animals. The aquarium is terrific, and just keeps getting better. AND it's a bargain...More

Thank fishgrrl
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We had a blast! Views are just absolutely breathtaking, we enjoyed the many folks, kids, too that came out and got their feet wet! Fishing was a bust today, but the day before i caught 4. They were flat heads, the ones with side barbs,...More

Thank Liz R
Reviewed 1 week ago

Love this peaceful, serene place! Bring a picnic and enjoy the water and mountain views! Well worth the trip - and the zoo is close by, too!

Thank Rebeccaayn3
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great park with a variety of flowers to view. Taking Pictures of the different gardens seem to be just like you'll see on a wall paper. Rose gardens are well protected and gated. Overall great park for a good walk with beautiful views.

Thank normaib1624
Reviewed 1 week ago

It is wonderful to have such a beautiful place in your own back yard! There is a spectacular view, a nice beach and pleasant drive around this area. There are also hiking trails available.

Thank spellb0und7
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots of trails to walk with nooks for the children to explore. Some trails more rough than others...but mainly flat forest type trails, with great viewing spots of the Sound. Don't forget to walk through the garden at the park entrance, has restrooms, ponds to...More

Thank Tracy B
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Rachel K
14 August 2017|
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.
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
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.