Fun Places to Visit With the Family Around Tacoma, WA

A majestic tiger sitting and waiting for it's next meal.Sitting on the banks of the Puget Sound, Tacoma is known for its beautiful outdoor scenery and excellent museums. Whether you’re visiting Tacoma as a family or live here and looking to entertain your kids, you’ll always find something exciting to do. Check out a few of these fun places around the city your family will love to visit.

Point Defiance Park

The stunning 760-acre Point Defiance Park in Tacoma has so many activities and attractions you’ll never run out of things to do. You can take a tour of the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium to see popular exhibits that include the Asian Forest Sanctuary, Arctic Tundra, and Red Wolf Woods. At the Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, you can learn what life was like at Fort Nisqually in the 1850s. You’ll also find hiking paths, kayak rentals, playgrounds, picnic areas, and more.

Children’s Museum of Tacoma

Children can learn about their world with a hands-on exploration of the five playscapes at the Children’s Museum of Tacoma. In the Woods area, they can climb, work pulleys, and build forts. In the Water exhibit, children can experiment with volume and flow. The Voyager area is an amazing spot where imagination runs free and children can pretend they’re operating a large ship. Becka’s Studio is the perfect spot for creative art making, and in the Invention area, children can work with blocks, tubes, fabric, and more to make their own creative structures.

Edgeworks Climbing

You and your family can climb to new heights when you check out Edgeworks Climbing. This indoor climbing gym has a variety of courses for every skill level. If you’re completely new to climbing, you can sign up for the introductory course to learn the basics about the equipment and how to safely belay and tie ropes. If your kids are interested in learning how to climb, the company has numerous youth programs, including Little Monkeys, Beginning Climbers, and Team Edgeworks for competitive climbing.

Fireman’s Park

Carved into a hillside and offering incredible views of Mount Rainier, Commencement Bay, and the Port of Tacoma, Fireman’s Park is a great place to visit when you want to get outside. After you spend some time strolling along the walking paths and taking in the scenic views, make sure you don’t miss the opportunity to check out the soaring 83-foot totem pole. Wealthy Tacoma businessmen originally paid for the totem pole in 1903. It eventually moved to Fireman’s Park in 1953 and was restored in 1976.

Washington State History Museum

For a fascinating look at the history of the area, you can’t beat Washington State History Museum. The museum’s Great Hall exhibit showcases the history of the state and Pacific Northwest with artifacts from Native American tribes, industrialization, and women’s suffrage. The History Lab exhibit is a good place for exploring historical concepts with hands-on activities, and children and adults alike love the 1,800-square-foot model train exhibit.

No matter what you and your family are interested in seeing and doing in Tacoma, everyone is sure to have a great time when you visit these fun destinations around the city.


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