North Waterfront Walk, Tacoma (Self Guided)

Set on the banks of Puget Sound, south of Seattle, Tacoma city is a picturesque place. Particularly this is true of Tacoma's Waterfront, a paved sidewalk running along Puget Sound’s Commencement Bay. Much loved by walkers, joggers or those searching for a good place to eat with a view, the Waterfront area holds a number of prominent attractions. This orientation walk will lead you to the most interesting of them.
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North Waterfront Walk Map

Guide Name: North Waterfront Walk
Guide Location: USA » Tacoma (See other walking tours in Tacoma)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.9 km
Author: vickyc
Stadium High School

1) Stadium High School

Stadium High School is a 100-year-old high school and a historic landmark. It is part of Tacoma Public Schools, or Tacoma School District No. 10 and is located in the Stadium District, near downtown Tacoma. The original building burned to a shell while it was still a partially constructed hotel designed by Hewitt & Hewitt that was being used for storage. It was reconstructed for use as a school according to designs by Frederick Heath, and a "bowl" stadium was added.

The main building was constructed by architects Hewitt and Hewitt for the Northern Pacific Railroad Company and the Tacoma Land Company at what was then known as Blackwell Point.

The 100 year celebration of Stadium High School was held in September 2006. At the celebration, a Guinness World Record was set for the largest recorded school reunion. 3299 alumni attended.

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Fuzhou Ting

2) Fuzhou Ting

The Fuzhou Ting is located in Tacoma’s Chinese Reconciliation Park along the beautiful Ruston Way waterfront. The Fuzhou Ting, a 30-foot x 40-foot ornate pavilion, is a donation including design, materials and construction assistance from Fuzhou, China, one of Tacoma's Sister Cities, in support of Chinese reconciliation efforts.
Jack Hyde Park

3) Jack Hyde Park

Jack Hyde Park is a beautiful park with beautiful views; it is located at the waterfront of Tacoma. It now bears the name of former Tacoma mayor and leader who contributed greatly to the development of this part of the city. Its former name was Commencement Park. There is an Old Town dock and a big sundial. It is registered as one of ten best 21st Century American Heritage Parks. The scenic Olympic Mountains can be seen from the park. There is beach access and a picnic area.
Old St Peter's Church

4) Old St Peter's Church

Old St Peter's Church was constructed in 1873. It is the first church built in this city and is also the oldest construction of Tacoma. This traditional, Vernacular style, Anglican church is a historical building. It features a bell-tower that dates back to 1874 and is made from an old cut-off tree. It is said to be "The Oldest Bell Tower in North America."
Job Carr Cabin Museum

5) Job Carr Cabin Museum

Job Carr Cabin Museum is the museum that commemorates the birthplace of Tacoma. You will visit the old cabin from which the city started. The museum tells about the life of Job Carr, Tacoma's first permanent non-Native resident. He built the first house in Tacoma that is considered the city's birthplace. The Job Carr Cabin Museum is a copy of that first house. It is a kind of time capsule as you will feel, inside the cabin, the atmosphere of life in Tacoma in those days.
Puget Park

6) Puget Park

Puget Park is a wonderful park located across the road from the waterfront. It was recently renovated. There are different facilities for both adults and kids. You can take the binoculars that are available in the park and watch many beautiful birds. There is a bird garden in the park. You can try those wonderful new whirly-gigs if you have a strong stomach or just take a walk through this beautiful park with many paths and stairs.
Fireboat No. 1

7) Fireboat No. 1

Fireboat No. 1 was built in 1929 for the Port of Tacoma by the Coastline Shipbuilding Company of Tacoma, for US$ 148,000. It is 96 feet 6 inches (29.4 m) long with a 21 foot (6.4 m), six-inch (152 mm) beam and a six-foot (1.8 m) draft. Its seven water cannons have a capacity of 10,000 US gallons per minute (630 L/s). The vessel is the only fireboat in U.S. history to protect a major port by itself for more than half a century.

After 54 years of service in waterfront fire protection, harbor security patrols, search and rescue missions, and water pollution control, Fireboat No. 1 was put up on on a permanent dry berth at a public beach near Tacoma’s Old Town neighborhood. It is one of only five fireboats designated as a National Historic Landmark. Visitors are able to walk around the exterior, but the interior is closed to the public.

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Walking Tours in Tacoma, Washington

Create Your Own Walk in Tacoma

Create Your Own Walk in Tacoma

Creating your own self-guided walk in Tacoma is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Landmarks Walking Tour in Tacoma

Landmarks Walking Tour in Tacoma

Tacoma is a very beautiful city with different sightseeings and landmarks. You can visit beautiful churches, see historical buildings, and take a walk in beautiful parks decorated with fountains and monuments. Take this self-guided tour to see the most famous landmarks in Tacoma.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km
Tacoma Museums and Art Galleries Walking Tour

Tacoma Museums and Art Galleries Walking Tour

Tacoma is a city that is very rich in culture. There are many museums in Tacoma where you can learn interesting things about the city, its history and culture. There is a large exhibition hall in the city with different temporary exhibitions. This self-guided tour will lead you to the most worthwhile museums and exhibitions of Tacoma.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Tacoma for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Tacoma has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Tacoma, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.