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Point Defiance Park

#1 of 79 things to do in Tacoma Features Animals
5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407-3224
+1 253-305-1000
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What a great park!

Wow, is all I can say about this park. From an amazing rose garden to the zoo/aquarium, to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Mark D
Weatherford, Texas
Great place to bike, hike, and view the Puget Sound.

This is an awesome park for recreational activities including hiking, biking and views of the Puget... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Bill B
Henderson, Nevada
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“rose garden” (83 reviews)
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5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407-3224
+1 253-305-1000
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Wow, is all I can say about this park. From an amazing rose garden to the zoo/aquarium, to stunning vistas and extensive hiking trails, to Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, you could easily spend all day here. Perfect for any outing, do it!

Thank Mark D
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an awesome park for recreational activities including hiking, biking and views of the Puget Sound. We saw Orca Whales from one of the view points.

Thank Bill B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went to this "Zoo" the only good thing about it was the weather...alot of empty pens and over priced food

Thank BeauxDuke
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did a drive through of the beautiful park. Everything was so green & beautiful. There were many signs to not feed the raccoons, but it was obvious that they get fed a lot. There were raccoons everywhere, even saw a couple deer.

Thank sharim419
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Did a quick driving tour of this magnificent park. Plenty of great views, walking paths, wild life and greenery. Picnic spots are plenty, and views of the water are great.

Thank AdrianG
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A lot to do at this park! Lots of hiking trails, geocaching and Pokémon to capture. Views are spectacular! The zoo & aquarium are great for the little ones. You may see a sea lion down at Owen beach. The gardens have an array of...More

Thank Carmen H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This park is awesome. From the Japanese garden to breath-taking views of the puget sound, this park does not disappoint.

Thank Kathleen P
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Point Defiance, on the northern end of Tacoma, is a large city park with great places to picnic or just amble around. The ferry leaves here about every half hour for Vashon Island, a brief but fun crossing. Close to lots of good restaurants along...More

Thank Aikid0
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

Seasoned hiker or just starting with young children, you'll find a great trail to walk, run, or bike. Muddy rainy days, bring boots and lose yourselves in the old growth of the Pacific NW. You'll cross paths with deer, raccoons, and squirrels.

Thank Paula L
Reviewed 14 April 2017

Five mile drive through the park is marvelous exceptional views of the park and Pugrt Sound, Point Defiance Zoo is worth the trip as well.

Thank Schmidtlap
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Ryan J
Hey, does anyone know anything about the red foxes at Point Defiance Park? I have seen arctic foxes there (at least at the zoo), but never seen a red fox through there (even on the 5 mile drive). I have raccoons and deer, but am curious to see where all of the red fox sightings are and how to go about seeing them. Has anyone else had a sighting of the red foxes at Point Defiance (besides the arctic foxes at the zoo)
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
Who designed the park?
8 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.
Hi, is parking free?
31 July 2016|
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Response from Senioronabudget | Reviewed this property |
Yes, the parking is free.