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Going to Scuba Show May 2-4 What to see & do??

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Going to Scuba Show May 2-4 What to see & do??

I'm coming in from Maui to the Scuba Show (working)at the Tacoma Convention Center in about 4 weeks. Staying at the Best Western Tacoma Dome & will have a car.

The travel schedule allows for some free time on Friday May 2nd (morning/early afternoon) before needing to set up the show & working thru the weekend. The other staff & I both hike some & neither of us have ever been to the area.

Any suggestions as to what to see or do in the 4-6 hours of free time we'll have for the weekend???

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1. Re: Going to Scuba Show May 2-4 What to see & do??

What are your interests? Sightseeing? Gardens? Hiking? Shopping? Anyway, here are some ideas:

Tacoma Museum of Glass

http://www.museumofglass.org/

Lakewold Gardens - May would be a terrific time to see it

http://www.lakewoldgardens.org/

Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection (free!) and adjacent Rhododendron Species Garden - the rhododendrons should be at their peak

http://www.weyerhaeuser.com/Company/Bonsai

http://www.rhodygarden.org/

Northwest Trek - Zoo plus tram ride through free range area for native animals (elk, bison, etc.)

http://www.nwtrek.org/

Nisqually Delta - Five mile flat hike along river delta dikes. Birdwatching. View of Puget Sound.

http://www.fws.gov/nisqually/

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2. Re: Going to Scuba Show May 2-4 What to see & do??

You could go up to Point Defiance Park and hike through the old growth forest. There are some beautiful views of Puget Sound from the cliffs and you can hike down to Owen Beach. There is a also a zoo featuring Pacific Rim wildlife with some animals you don't see much in Hawaii such as walrus, musk ox, polar bears, etc. There is a Rhododendron Garden that should be in full color when you are here.

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3. Re: Going to Scuba Show May 2-4 What to see & do??

point defiance park

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4. Re: Going to Scuba Show May 2-4 What to see & do??

Just back...Point Defiance park was just what I wanted...close but a great example of the area!!

Thanks

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