75 Fun Things To Do In Tacoma

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Sitting underneath Mount Rainier lies the vibrant and urban city of Tacoma, Washington. The city is immersed in the art world and is known for its creative arts culture. From quaint boutiques to museums to a variety of restaurants sprawled amongst the city, you won’t have a hard time finding something new and exciting to do here in this port city. Here’s 75 of our favorites next time you have a chance to explore!

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Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Meet seahorses and sharks, peacocks and penguins, wolves and more, all in one place at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

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Pacific Bonsai Museum

Immerse yourself in the style and history of the bonsai tree at the Pacific Bonsai Museum, a free, open-air museum!

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Wright Park

Go sledding down the hills at Wright Park on a snow day

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LeMay - America's Car Museum

Celebrate America’s love affair with the automobile at LeMay – America’s Car Museum

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Chihuly Bridge of Glass

Wander through large displays of Dale Chihuly’s glass art at the 500-foot long Bridge of Glass

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Titlow Park

Wade in the waters of the Puget Sound or read a book beachside at Titlow Park

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Children's Museum of Tacoma

Use your imagination and explore the hands-on exhibits that the Children’s Museum of Tacoma has to offer

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Washington State History Museum

Peer into Washington’s past at the Washington State History Museum

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Fort Steilacoom Park

Travel the 340 acre Fort Steilacoom Park and explore the extensive trail system by foot or bike with the entire family

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Museum of Glass

Watch skilled glass blowers do live glassmaking at the Tacoma Glass Museum Hot Shop

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Firemans Park

See the 100+ year old, 85-foot totem pole in Fireman’s Park and enjoy the 180-degree view of Commencement Bay

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Washington State Fair

Get dizzy on the Tilt-a-Whirl at the Washington State Fair

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Bob's Java Jive

Catch some live music at Bob’s Java Jive, a favorite since 1927

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Rollin' 253

Step onto the rink & feel like you’re a kid again at Rollin’ 253

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Point Defiance Park

Have a picnic in the Rose Garden at Point Defiance Park

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Emerald Queen Casino

Test your luck or catch a show at the Emerald Queen Casino

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Tacoma Narrows Bridge

Walk, run or bike across the Narrows Bridge for an outstanding view

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Downtown Tacoma

Hang out in downtown Tacoma

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Port of Tacoma

Climb the Port of Tacoma’s observation deck to watch loading cargo ships

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Dash Point State Park

Relax on the Sandy Beach at Dash Point State Park

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Magical Sandwich Makers Deli

Sink your teeth into the best sandwich in town at MSM Deli. The acronym appropriately stands for “Magical Sandwich Makers.”

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Foss Waterway Seaport

Experience the sights, sounds and classic beauty of our historic building & maritime exhibits at Foss Waterway Seaport

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Studio 6 Ballroom

Take a dance lesson at Studio 6 Ballroom

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Tacoma Cabana

Enjoy a trip to the tropics without leaving the city at the Tacoma Cabana

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Stadium District

Drive around historic Stadium District and take in the sights of some old Tacoma homes

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Cheney Stadium

Watch the Rainiers play at Cheney Stadium

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Ruston Way Promenade

Walk, rollerblade or cycle along the two-mile Ruston Way Promenade, Tacoma’s premiere waterfront drive

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Dorky's Arcade

Play old school style video games at Dorky’s Arcade and Bar

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Tacoma's Farmers Market

Visit local Farmer’s Markets in nearly every community throughout Pierce County

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New Frontier Lounge

Shake your stage fright and sing some karaoke at the New Frontier Lounge

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Sprinker Recreation Center

Go ice skating with the family at Sprinker

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Tacoma Nature Center

Camp under the stars at Tacoma Nature Center

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American Lake

Take a relaxing summer swim in American Lake in Lakewood

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Cushman Powerline Trail

Hike with beautiful views and hills, in a downtown setting at Cushman Powerline Trail

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Narrows Brewing Company

Go on a beer and brewery crawl with Narrows Brewing Company

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Swan Creek Mountain Bike Park

Ride the laps at Swan Creek Mountain Bike Park

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King's Books

Peruse the shelves at King’s Books

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Kiwanis Skate Park

Hit 12,000 square feet of concrete ramps and structures at Kiwanis Skate Park to skate on

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Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum

Experience history through remarkable manuscripts and documents on display at Karpeles Manuscript Museum

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Grit City Comedy Club

Get wild on a night out with Grit City Comedy Club

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Steel Creek American Whiskey Co.

Ride the “Mechanical bull” at Steel Creek American Whiskey Co.

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Pump It Up

Celebrate your little one’s birthday party at Pump It Up

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Puyallup's Antique District

Browse antique row in Puyallup’s Antique District with 400 dealers in 20 eclectic locations

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Pacific Parasail

Spend a fabulous day of fun in the sun parasailing with Pacific Parasail

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Dock Street Marina

Rent a Kayak or Stand Up Paddleboard from Dock Street Marina

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Fife History Museum

Tour the Fife History Museum and explore the rich cultures that shaped the City of Fife as we know it today

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5 Mile Drive & Trails

Experience Five Miles Of Pure Delights at 5 Mile Drive & Trails

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Tacoma Art Museum

Check out the Chihuly exhibits at Tacoma Art Museum

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The Bead Factory

Take a beading class at The Bead Factory and learn to make your own Tacoma-made jewelry

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Tacoma Chinese Park

Visit Ruston’s Chinese Park and read a book in the pagoda

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Kopachuck State Park

Discover sand dollars and relax at Kopachuck State Park’s saltwater beach

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Chambers Creek Regional Park

Explore two miles of shoreline by walking the Bridge to the Beach at Chamber’s Creek Properties in beautiful University Place

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Destiny Harbor Tours

Access the Wonders of Puget Sound with Destiny Harbor Tours

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Deep Forest Challenge

Challenge yourself in the trees by embracing adventures at Deep Forest Challenge

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Mowich Lake

Pause for a picnic in scenic areas of Wilkeson, Carbonado and Mowich Lake

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Tacoma Ghost Tours

Take a Guided 90 minute walking tour of Haunted Old Downtown Tacoma, featuring Hauntings, UFO’s and Poltergeists with Tacoma Ghost Tours

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Grand Prix Raceway

Race around an exhilarating go-kart track with computerized scoring & viewing area at Grand Prix Raceway

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Big Rig Peddler

Celebrate a party in a Peddle Pub, riding through Downtown with Big Rig Peddler

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Chambers Bay

Walk the path around the 2015 US Open Golf Course, Chambers Bay. Take in the rolling hills and the gorgeous waterfront

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Trampoline Nation

Flip into a foam pit, Play dodge ball, or just jump & bounce all day long at Trampoline Nation

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Coates Winery

Get into the “Barrel Room” at Coates Winery

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Odyssey 1

Play action packed games of laser tag with your friends at Odyssey 1

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Wheel Fun Rentals

Cruise around with your family on a rented surrey bike from Wheel Fun Rentals

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State Hwy. 410

Drive the beautiful State Hwy. 410, a designated National Scenic Byway

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Stewart Heights Pool

Splish & Splash at Stewart Heights Pool

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Sumner's Historical Landmarks

Enjoy Sumner’s small-town heritage with a self-guided tour through its historical landmarks

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Bluebeard Coffee Roasters

Drink a fresh roasted cup of coffee from Bluebeard Coffee Roasters

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Sacajawea park

Get ready for some outstanding tennis action this summer at Sacajawea park

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Pacific Run Antiques

Get lost inside Pacific Run Antiques

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Corina Bakery

Sate your sweet tooth with mouth-watering treats from Corina Bakery

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Stanley & Seafort's Steak Chop & Fishhouse

Eat dinner at Stanley & Seafort’s and take in the epic view of downtown Tacoma

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Mexican Wrestling Match at University of Puget Sound

Attend a Mexican Wrestling Match at the University of Puget Sound

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Tacoma Comedy Club

Attend open-mic night at the Tacoma Comedy Club

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Owen Beach

Go kayaking at Owen Beach. Bring your own kayak or rent one on the beach

The beautiful city of Tacoma provides ample activities to do in during any season. The best ones made our list of 75 but we know there’s more that should be added. Help us out and send us any suggestions! Want to see more awesome places in Washington? Check out all of the things to do in Seattle and epic scenery in Spokane!