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 and bald eagles.
A Japanese Garden with a Shinto shrine commemorates Kitakyushu, Tacoma's sister city. Fort Nisqually Living History Museum offers experiential learning about Puget Sound’s first globally connected settlement. The Wilson Way pedestrian bridge connects the park to the waterfront while offering vistas of the mountains and Sound.
The Point Defiance Marina Complex has a shoreline promenade, food and beverages for sale, 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.