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Point Defiance Park

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5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407-3224
+1 253-305-1030
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Beautiful Greenery

We drove through the park to get to Anthony's. It was very peaceful and pretty. Not much traffic... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Susan K
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Wheat Ridge, Colorado
MrGG-Point-Defiance-Park

A wonderful place to visit and drive through. There are tame deer and ducks that wander over the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Gerald G
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Spring, 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.
  • Excellent78%
  • Very good19%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 6:30 am - 6:30 pm
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5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407-3224
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+1 253-305-1030
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We drove through the park to get to Anthony's. It was very peaceful and pretty. Not much traffic to contend with.

Thank Susan K
Reviewed 3 days ago

A wonderful place to visit and drive through. There are tame deer and ducks that wander over the grounds. Drive along Five Mile Drive all the way around the park back to the entrance. There are quite a few locations to stop and take pictures...More

Thank Gerald G
Reviewed 6 days ago

This park was set aside to preserve a bit of nature in the city. Thus. There are some wooded, wild,unkept places where on can wander. Besides the "wild" areas, there is Oriental area, an zoo, picnic areas, beaches. And a scenic 17 mile drive geared...More

Thank Dorothy R
Reviewed 6 days ago

The Point Defiance Park is a must visit when in Tacoma. Every time that we are in town we visit at least a couple of times. The 5 mile drive is great (but check the times it is open for cars, there are times that...More

Thank BillH16428
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Still better than any other zoo in Washington State but was a little disappointed this time. Came on a Saturday and ALL of the food stands except for one were closed. We came just after feeding time so lots of the animals were taking their...More

Thank mkirch1250
Reviewed 1 week ago

We drove through the park, stopping at Owens Beach and the Rose Garden. The park is beautiful, and well worth seeing. The raccoons stand next to the road begging for food, so people must not read the signs saying "Do Not", but they're cute.

Thank JohnP13147
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a can't miss park. It's near the end of Ruston Way, which is also a beautiful drive. The park is free and so is the parking. The aquarium and fort charge a fee but it is very educational.

Thank Robin L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Be sure to do the drive around the park, we saw lots of wild life. Also stopped on the beach on the drive, which has a great view.

Thank D B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you’ve only visited the zoo on hot summer days when the animals are sleepy, try visiting in October. The animals were active in every corner and were quite entertaining for the grown ups and kids (ages 5 - 10) No crowds meant we didn’t...More

Thank TravelerLynette
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the best medium sized city parks in the country. Within it's borders a well stocked zoo and acquarium, a full size replica of a Hudson bay outpost (fort), outstanding boat house with boats for rent and boat elevator whic the children love to...More

Thank Clarence G
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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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