Point Defiance Park Walking Tour, Tacoma

Point Defiance Park Walking Tour is a thematic, interesting tour. In this enormous park you will find a zoo, an aquarium, a museum, a historical fort and a beautiful Japanese Garden. There is a large beach as well. Take this self-guided tour to visit this beautiful area in Tacoma.
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Point Defiance Park Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Point Defiance Park Walking Tour
Guide Location: USA » Tacoma (See other walking tours in Tacoma)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
Author: vickyc
Japanese Garden

1) Japanese Garden

There is a Japanese Garden in Point Defiance Park. There you can see many beautiful plants such as Japanese cherry trees, crab-apples and beautiful flowers. There is an oriental footbridge and a waterfall. The garden is decorated and illuminated at night by Japanese lanterns. You can go to the Japanese "tea house" and taste the delicious tea made in the Japanese tradition.
Goldfish Tavern

2) Goldfish Tavern

Goldfish Tavern is a cool tavern and bar in the area of Point Defiance Park. They offer tasty food and the best beer on tap. It is very popular because of its burgers, sandwiches and wings. You can have lunch or dinner in a friendly and warm atmosphere.
Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium

3) Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium (must see)

The Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium (PDZA) is a combined zoo and aquarium, owned by Metro Parks Tacoma. Situated on 29 acres (12 ha) in Tacoma's Point Defiance Park, the zoo and aquarium are home to over 9,000 specimens representing 367 animal species.

The zoo was founded in 1905, the aquarium was founded in 1935 near Commencement Bay and relocated within the zoo in 1963.

The exhibits reflect the zoo's theme of ecosystems from the Pacific rim: Southeast Asia, the Pacific Northwest, the tundra, and aquatic environments.

Asian Forest Sanctuary exhibit complex simulates the forests of southeast Asia with a waterfall, streams, and plants native to the region such as bamboo.

Rocky Shores exhibit is based on the shoreline of Cape Flattery, Washington and serves as home to harbor seals, Pacific walruses, sea otters, and tufted puffins in four separate pools. In the middle of the exhibit area is a building for underwater viewing.

Arctic Tundra forms a semicircle at one end of the zoo. Muskoxen and reindeer are housed in separate meadows on the outside of the pathway's arc, while polar bears and Arctic foxes live on the inside of the arc.

The North Pacific Aquarium and South Pacific Aquarium each house species from different parts of the Pacific ocean.

Red Wolf Woods consists of two separate meadows with a rocky creek, hollow log, and other landscaping.

There are also play structures and a petting zoo.

Operating hours: April 30 - May 2: Monday – Sunday: 9:30 am - 5 pm

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia
Camp 6 Logging Museum

4) Camp 6 Logging Museum

Camp 6 Logging Museum is situated in the large city park. It was designed as a real Western Washington State logging camp. Here you will see artifacts. These are mainly original buildings, an operating logging railroad, steam powered logging machines, camp cars and others. You will step back into an old era of loggers and steams. This museum was established by logging engineers in 1964. It is a National Registered Historic Place of the state.
Fort Nisqually

5) Fort Nisqually (must see)

Fort Nisqually was an important fur trading and farming post of the Hudson's Bay Company in the Puget Sound area of what is now DuPont, and was part of the Hudson's Bay Company's Columbia Department. Today it is a living history museum within the boundaries of Point Defiance Park.

Today, the restored Fort Nisqually is a living history museum run by employees and volunteers. Two of the original buildings, the Factor's House, and the Granary remain. In addition, there is a trade store, working blacksmith shop, laborers dwelling house, demonstration kitchen, and kitchen garden. Fort Nisqually has seen recent changes designed to capture its original character.

Hundreds of artifacts were discovered and catalogued and have added to the historical record. The restored fort is managed by Metro Parks Tacoma.

Operating hours:

January 1 - April 30: Wednesday – Sunday: 11 am - 4 pm;

May 1 - May 24: Wednesday – Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm;

May 25 - September 5: Monday – Sunday:11 am - 5 pm;

September 6 - December 31: Wednesday – Sunday: 11 am - 4 pm

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia
Owens Beach

6) Owens Beach

Owens Beach is a natural beach in Tacoma. You can go either to sandy or pebbled shores, as there are both. There is a Boathouse as well as picnic tables and grills on the beach. There are fishing opportunities. The beach offers some spectacular views of Vashon Island. It is open during the day only, not at night.

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.
Tacoma Art Galleries Walking Tour

Tacoma Art Galleries Walking Tour

There are many art galleries in Tacoma. You will see contemporary arts by both local and national artists. There are galleries that exhibit the original art works of Indians who lived in the northern part of the USA. Most of the galleries sell their art works. This self-guided tour will lead you through the most popular art galleries in the central part of Tacoma.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 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: 4.4 km
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
North Waterfront Walk

North Waterfront Walk

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.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.9 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.