Tacoma is a great place for sports of any type, whether you want to actively participate or just watch. Currently, the closest golf course is Allenmore in central Tacoma, but there is also Meadow Park in Lakewood, which has a par 3 nine hole course, and a 18-hole championship course. However, Chambers Bay golf course, just a few minutes from downtown, is the place to play if you are interested in a championship level course. Chambers hosted the 2010 U.S. Amatuer and will host the 2015 U.S. Open.  Also, the two parks around Chambers Bay boast a 3 mile paved walking trail and two miles of public beach.

The city also boasts two professional teams: the Tacoma Rainiers of the Pacific Coast League in Minor League Baseball and the Tacoma Navigators of the American Basketball Association. More major games are held at Tacoma Dome, which hosts pro wrestling matches, figure skating tours, and various performances such as the Harlem Globetrotters.

Those seeking outdoor adventure will not be disappointed by Tacoma, which is a stone’s throw away from Mount Rainier National Park, over 200,000 acres of old forests and meadows suitable for scenic drives, hiking and mountain climbing. There is also the Kopachuck State Park on the shores of Puget Sound, where visitors can participate in water activities such as boating and sailing. Point Defiance Park, on the other hand, focuses on horticultural displays in its 700-acre spread of gardens and flower arrangements, in addition to beach access, trails and boating for rent.

Facilities for other sports are available around Tacoma as well. Many parks have baseball diamonds, basketball courts and football fields. Tracks for running exist at all the local high schools and a few stadiums. There is an archery range at Skookum Archers Club in Puyallup, badminton courts at the Lakewood Community Center, and a bowling alley in University Place.