POINT DEFIANCE PARK
5400 North Pearl Street, Tacoma, WA 98407 Directions
Point Defiance Park is a 760-acre property and is a popular tourist attraction for more than 3.1 million people every year. The infrastructure of roads and trails that weave through the nature reserve offers a quiet getaway for joggers, cyclists, and hikers. From the high cliffs surrounding the Tacoma Narrows, people can see bald eagles prey on salmon flowing through the heavy tidal currents. Also, you can watch sea lions that migrate from California. They feed on swirling tides that run under the Gig Harbor, overlooking the northernmost point of the peninsula. At Point Defiance Park, Owen Beach offers waterfront picnic shelters with barbecues, tables, toilets, and ample free parking. Point Defiance Park has an active Park Watch system to facilitate, maintain visitors safe, and protect the park 's resources. There are 3-4 parking spaces available in front of the off-leash entry gates. As a volunteer, you can express the joy of being part of this great regional attraction.
Mountain Biking, Walking, Running, Road Biking, Gardens, Fishing, Dogs on Leash, Rose Garden, Aquarium, Beach, Zoo, Wheelchair Friendly, Lake, Off-Leash Area, Picnic Shelter, Nature Trips, Pagoda Rentals, Wild Flowers, Birding & Wildlife
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SWAN CREEK PARK
East 42nd Street and Roosevelt Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98404 Directions
Swan Creek Park is an environmentally friendly space located on the border between East Tacoma and Pierce County. Park and creek are named after John Swan, a Puyallup tribal member who once owned to the property. The total area covered by Swan Creek Park is 373 acres, 290 are owned by Metro Parks Tacoma, and 83 are owned by Pierce County. The park is also utilized for community safety and utility driver training. Metro Parks Tacoma works with various social groups and individual citizens to develop a 1-acre food forest in Swan Creek Park. When you reach the park, you can see a meeting area on the left and a public park on the right; the food forest is on the right side of the community garden. The Community Garden program offers horticulture possibilities for the social and physical benefits of Tacoma people and communities. Swan Creek Park's wooded canyon is a real wildlife surprise, a place to learn, discover, admire, and safeguard.
Forest Lake, Walking, Other Recreational Uses, Road Biking, Picnicking, Running, Nature and Park, Dogs on Leash, Birding, Mountain Biking, Bird Watching & Wild Flowers
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TACOMA NATURE CENTER
1919 South Tyler Street, Tacoma, WA 98405 Directions
Tacoma Nature Center is a 71-acre wetland and forest area around Snake Lake, featuring trails and an adventure park. Under your governance or through a guided tour, the Tacoma Nature Center exposure will help students build a bond and reverence for the natural world. In their 70-acre classroom, students discover essence and science in practical, interactive experience. Enjoy more than two miles of soft-surfaced walking trails winding through wetlands and woodland areas. There is also a half-mile outdoor route facility for wheelchairs. Their Discovery Pond is a natural playground for children, meant to motivate creative play and ecological learning. ADA designated on-site parking facilities are available. The exhibition hall offers a clear view of the showcases and views of the nature reserve behind the venue. On-site restrooms are accessible on the main (upper) level.
Running, Forest Lake, Mountain Biking, Dogs on Leash, Nature Trips, Road Biking, Bird Watching, Wild Flowers, Walking, Picnicking & Birding