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Tacoma Nature Center

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Address: 1919 S Tyler St, Tacoma, WA 98405-1070
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+1 253-591-6439
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Mon - Sat 09:00 - 16:00

This is a public park with a lake to walk around, a kids play area and a...

This is a public park with a lake to walk around, a kids play area and a interpretive center with a reading area for kids, tutles and snakes in tanks and a gift shop. Part of the Tacoma Parks system but deserves special mention.

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The day was high in temperature but nonetheless bits of shade could be found throughout this pleasant park to ward off that feeling of exhaustion one gets with to much sun... read more

Reviewed 27 August 2016
Chaka V
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6 reviews
Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

But no thanks. The Tacoma Nature Center is awesome for a nice walk with the family, but dogs are not

Thank Dinh N
Tacoma, Washington
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62 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 December 2016

PLayground for outside play. Small museum suited for young children. Those over the age of ten are going to get bored quickly.

Thank bgardner711
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

The day was high in temperature but nonetheless bits of shade could be found throughout this pleasant park to ward off that feeling of exhaustion one gets with to much sun exposure. All of my kids enjoyed their own sections like the slide for my young boy and boulder for climbing that my daughter continuously jumped from. Good times for... More 

1 Thank Chaka V
Olympia, Washington
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50 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2016

This 70 acre urban natural area has multiple nature walks with informational signs for self guided tours. Although you could do a small section of any 'walk', they range from .5 miles to 2+ miles of well groomed trails. In addition there is an exhibit building featuring the animals, insects and water creatures to be found along the trails if... More 

Thank Gabe C
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23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2016 via mobile

This Nature Center is small, but free and informative. The actual center has some small reptiles, a beehive peekaboo window, a dress up area and some small exhibits. They also host preschool classes, summer programs and birthday parties. Outside they have a nice nature trail that includes a bridge over the "lake". This is a great location to view some... More 

Thank tmesiab
Tacoma, Washington
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112 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 June 2016

Nice short flat loop walk. Especially good for 3-8 yr olds -- but nice for everyone. Look for turtles!

Thank BarbTacoma_WA
Tacoma, Washington
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3 reviews
Reviewed 11 April 2016

I bring my daughter here all the time, we go on walks & I always let her play before we leave, they have an awesome wood themed play area, you will have to check it out if you havent done so already.

Thank Tessy1313
Tacoma, WA
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16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 February 2016

This park and nature center is a way to spend an enjoyable hour or so. Enjoy a nice easy walk around the lake, see many birds and visit some good exhibits. For locals the Center has excellent classes for understanding our environment for children.

Thank rsfarrelly
Paris, France
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2015

Love the place. It has trails to walk on that are different lengths.Easy hiking trail with pleasant nature interaction along the way. This is a great place to "get away from it all" right in the middle of a city. Picnic area is wonderful too

1 Thank lungiwala
Tacoma, Washington
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12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2015

The Tacoma Nature center is a fun and educational center for the entire family. The trail is very well designed and provides a nice opportunity to go for a lovely stroll through the woods while being in the middle of town.

Thank Alessandra W

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