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Beautiful place to bring guests

I love showing people around from out of town and this is one of the places I bring them. My... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Tacoma, Washington
Walk through nature

My trainer took me here for the first time. It was a beautiful 5-mile walk. She brought her son and... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Tacoma, Washington
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5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407-3224
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I love showing people around from out of town and this is one of the places I bring them. My guests have never been disappointed in a trip to Point Defiance Park via 5 Mile Drive. There are sights for all abilities whether hiking, biking...More

Thank N5068PKkevink
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great way to spend a day with family or solo. Enjoy the beautiful gardens, choose one of many easy hiking trails in old forests, drive to gorgeous lookouts of Puget Sound on 5 mile drive, and of course, the wonderful zoo with brand new Aquarium

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My trainer took me here for the first time. It was a beautiful 5-mile walk. She brought her son and dogs and we walked Sunday evening while the sun was setting. It was beautiful and the smell of nature was refreshing. We saw raccoons, deer,...More

1  Thank lynette253
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great trip for all ages.. lots to see ..flower garden den is a must see❤️ Zoo/acquarium great for all ages.. we drove from Portland with our grandkids and everyone had a great time!

Thank geal473
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

i have used this loop (which is slightly less than 5 miles), as a place for fairly low-stress bike training in prep for longer road bike rides. There are some moderate hills, the number of cars is low (if you go at the right time...More

Thank dmccune253
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Around each curve was yet another splendid Vista! We were there on a Saturday and it was not congested. If you are visiting the area, as we were, do take time for this one.

Thank NorthArrow
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Best place ever. it was really Smokey this trip but we still loved every minute of it. can not Waite to go back

Thank merna g
Reviewed 14 August 2018

We stopped by on our way back to Seattle based on the good reviews and were not disappointed. A scenic drive or hike through old forest forest and lookout points was great, but there were gardens in bloom too. (August 12) You see a lot...More

Thank Darin G
Reviewed 11 August 2018 via mobile

Really nice drive with great trees. Areas to stop and see views. It’s one way so you don’t have to deal with a lot of traffic hassles. Will take you to different areas in the park such as the fort, beach, dog park, etc.

1  Thank Isabel L
Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

Great views of Vashon, Colvos Passage, Gig Harbor and the twin Tacoma Narrows Bridges. Excellent way to get a flavor for the area and readily accessible by car. Good to do in any weather.

3  Thank Wolfgang O
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Samantha M
2 February 2017|
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Response from Metro Parks T | Property representative |
Unfortunately no, Point Defiance Park closes 1/2 hour after sunset.
9 April 2016|
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Response from Bob W | Reviewed this property |
General Park Hours: Open ½ hour before sunrise Close ½ hour after sunset Outer Loop Closed to Vehicles During park hours the gate at the head of the Five Mile Drive's outer loop is closed to vehicle traffic so that... More
Jessy-Ann P
10 August 2015|
Response from Andie N | Reviewed this property |
The trails are only for foot traffic. Bicycles are not allowed on the trails themselves, but can be ridden on the road without problem. For more information go to the Metro Parks Tacoma website.