Point Defiance Park, 5400 N. Pearl St., is a 760-acre park with miles of woodland trails through old growth forest, eight scenic gardens, public beaches with stunning Puget Sound and island views, a museum, a visitor center and a zoo/aquarium. Resident wildlife includes deer, bald eagles and red foxes.
A Japanese Garden with a Shinto shrine commemorates Kitakyushu, Tacoma's sister city. The Northwest Native Garden showcases indigenous plants. Other gardens are dedicated to herbs, irises, rhododendrons, roses and dahlias.
The Point Defiance Marina Complex has a shoreline promenade, a public fishing pier, rental boats and fishing gear, and an eight-lane public boat launch. A Washington State Ferry terminal also is located at the marina.
Pet friendly (call for restrictions/fees.). Recreational activities are permitted. Picnicking is permitted. Food is available.