Point Defiance Park – Outdoor Fun in Tacoma

A foot bridge over a man made stream in Point Defiance Park located in Tacoma. Photo credit: Michael Okawa.

Okay, so if you’ve been reading for a while you probably have noticed that my family likes botanical gardens.  They are fun, educational, and good exercise…with plants.  It is probably no surprise then, that as soon as I learned that there was also a garden in the park just beyond the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, that my family headed there to check out the Point Defiance Park

Dahlia Garden in Tacoma’s Point Defiance Park. Photo credit: Michael Okawa.

It’s not technically a botanical garden.  It is a huge park with several small gardens in it around the visitor’s center.  There’s a Rose Garden, a Dahlia Garden and a whole series of ponds laced through the landscaping.  The park is enormous and part of the larger Point Defiance series of attractions.  For anyone who likes flowers and landscaping and leisurely wandering around looking at other gardener’s handiwork Point Defiance Park is an excellent place to visit.

Climbing Rose arch in the gardens at Tacoma’s Point Defiance Park. Photo credit: Michael Okawa.

The main park has paved pathways all the way around it so it’s an easy walk.  The paths are mostly level with slight changes in elevation (in my opinion).  There are ducks, fish, and turtles in the ponds.  I love turtles and it is incredibly delightful to me that there are turtles just wild in random ponds in Tacoma.  We spent most of our time there taking photos of the flowers and ponds, exploring the pathways over little streams and ignoring the very loud wedding taking place which used up all the regular parking.


I didn’t have time to rent a boat and go for a spin around the bay or play on any of the nearby beaches.  But I did get a chance to drive through the Five Mile Drive, a beautiful scenic route which passes by the Fort Nisqually Living History Museum

Was it fun?  Oh yes.  Would I do it again?  Absolutely.  I’m giving the Point Defiance Park 3D’s on the delight scale for Definitely Delights Delilah. 

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