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Point Defiance Park

#1 of 80 things to do in Tacoma Features Animals
5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407-3224
+1 253-305-1000
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taste of tacoma

it was hot and packed. we had a blast. bands were good food excellent wish had more kids choices... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Kim B
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Grandsons to the zoo

We enjoy going to Point Defiance for a day outing with our grandsons. The park is clean, safe and... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Lakewood, Washington, United States
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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” (86 reviews)
“mile drive” (114 reviews)
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5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407-3224
+1 253-305-1000
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

it was hot and packed. we had a blast. bands were good food excellent wish had more kids choices. needed cooling stations

Thank Kim B
Reviewed 2 days ago

We enjoy going to Point Defiance for a day outing with our grandsons. The park is clean, safe and shaded enough to keep the hot sun off you in the summer. Staff is friendly. Easy walking.

Thank Gidge111
Reviewed 2 days ago

Nice place to walk around. The rose garden was in full bloom. Be careful where you park they like hand out tickets.

Thank Jack D
Reviewed 2 days ago

Drive in, park and walk thru gardens and on the water...just lovely. You can picnic or wander around with your dog!

Thank smj602017
Reviewed 2 days ago

While staying in Tacoma, Point Defiance Park is very close by. We did the 5-mile drive which was absolutely beautiful with the views of the water and wildlife. Raccoons were everywhere.

Thank mggentry728
Reviewed 3 days ago

Easy access and many attractions and hiking trails. There are also places for picnics, access to the water, and even a dog park. I visit several times each month.

Thank mysteryb
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We spent a few hours here. The ambassador at the entrance was super friendly and knowledgeable. He told us about all the park had to offer. We drove around, walked around and saw the zoo and aquarium. The place was fantastic. So much to do....More

1  Thank bmergirl62
Reviewed 5 days ago

We enjoyed spending several hours here. We started with the rose garden, which is very pretty. We then drove around the loop road, stopping at various points to enjoy the view. We walked along the promenade from Owens Beach to the marina, and then hiked...More

1  Thank Rosemary W
Reviewed 6 days ago

What a pleasure to find and drive through this green and natural treasure in Tacoma. Filled with acres and acres of natural stands of fir, cedar and other flora along with access to beaches and picnic areas, this is truely an oasis in city of...More

1  Thank chaslin19
Reviewed 1 week ago

Point Defiance Park has it all. Gardens, a terrific Pacific Rim zoo, trails, a waterfront for sunning, swimming or taking out a kayak or paddle board and more features that represent the Pacific NW such as old growth trees. And for the family there are...More

1  Thank beherman
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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
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.
31 July 2016|
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Response from Senioronabudget | Reviewed this property |
Yes, the parking is free.