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Choose from the following:
Antique Row Children's Museum of Tacoma
Fireman's Park Fort Nisqually
Lakewold Gardens Narrows Bridge
Never Never Land Point Defiance Park
Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium Tacoma Art Museum
Tacoma Visitors & Convention Center Union Station
Washington State Historical Society Museum W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory


 

Children's Museum of Tacoma


925 Court C
Tacoma, WA
Phone: 253 627-2436

Hands-on displays for children of all ages. Please allow at least 1 hour. Call for hours and more information.

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Lakewold Gardens


9 miles south on I-5 to exit 124, 1 miles west to 12317 Gravelly Lake Dr. S.W.

Guided tours are available for this beautiful garden. Features include Lion fountain, medieval Knot Garden, Georgian-style home, Japanese maples and a giant Douglas Fir which has its own shade garden.

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Fireman's Park


S. Ninth Street in Tacoma

This park has one of the tallest totem poles in the country at 105 feet high. It was carved from a single cedar pole. For more information about Tacoma area attractions, please contact the Tacoma-Pierce County

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Tacoma/Pierce County Visitors & Convention Center


Business Office:
1119 Pacific Ave, Suite 1400
Tacoma, WA 98402
Phone: 253 627-2836

Visitor Information Center:
in Courtyard by Marriott
1516 Pacific Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98402
Phone: 253-627-2836

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Narrows Bridge


One of the largest suspension bridges in the world. (center span 188 feet high and 2,800 feet long) This bridge replaced "Galloping Gertie", the previous bridge which had a brief, but memorable history lasting from July 1, 1940 until Nov 7, 1940 when it collapsed in a windstorm..
Project website - bridge opened 16 July 2007
History page for the Bridge

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Point Defiance Park


700 acre park with miles of trails through forest and garden, including beautiful vistas and a waterfront. Included in its features are a fishing pier and picnic area. Visit the internationally known zoo and aquarium, a replica of Fort Nisqually (c1855), Never Never Land, Japanese gardens and much more.

Open daily from dawn to dusk
City park page
A history of the park with good pictures

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W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory


This conservatory was built in 1908. It is in the Victorian style with a 12 sides central dome with 12,000 panes of glass! The edifice is listed on city, state and national historic registers. There are over 500 species of foliage and flowers, plus seasonal displays are added as the year moves along.
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Fort Nisqually


Phone: 253 591-5339

You may see the oldest standing structure in the state of Washington at Fort Nisqually. It is the first outpost of the Hudson Bay Co. on Puget Sound. Please call for hours and additional information.

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Never Never Land



Located in Point Defiance park
Phone: 253 591-5845

30 scenes from children's literature were in this area but it was closed and demolished. As of October 2010 all items have been removed from the park.
This page gives a little information on Never Never Land and people's recollections of visiting there as children.

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Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium


5400 N. Pearl St.
Tacoma, WA
Phone: 253 591-5335

This internationally known zoo features many Pacific rim animals such as Polar Bears, walruses, sea otters and Beluga Whales. Watch for special displays throughout the year and especially in December with the Zoolights display. A minimum of two and a half hours should be set aside to see the Zoo and Aquarium, but you will want to stay longer!

Please call for hours and information. Fee for admission

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Tacoma Art Museum


12th and Pacific Aves.
Tacoma, WA
Phone: 253 272-4258

Many permanent exhibits plus various traveling exhibits throughout the year may be seen at the Art museum. See many northwest artists and impressionists of the 19th and 20th centuries. Please call for hours and admission fees.

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Washington State Historical Society Museum


1911 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98402
Phone: 253 591-5330
Toll-free: 888-238-4373

Many displays, dioramas and multimedia presentations may be seen at this 106,000 square foot museum. Some depictions of the human history, the railroad industry, the pioneer era, the depression and other historical periods are permanent exhibits here. Please allow at least 1 hour to view what may be seen at the Museum. Home to the largest collection of pioneer, Indian and Alaskan artifacts on the Pacific Coast. Please call for more information concerning hours and exhibits.

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Union Station


This railroad station was built in 1911 by Northern Pacific Railroad. It was a landmark for the area with its dome until 1983.
It is now a Federal Courthouse with public rotunda exhibit of extraordinary glass sculptures by internationally acclaimed Tacoma artist Dale Chihuly
It is next to the Washington State History Museum and the University of Washington Tacoma campus.

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Antique Row


Broadway, between 7th and 9th
This area is in Tacoma's historic district with over 60,000 square feet of collectibles to look over. The Tacoma Farmer's Market is held here every Thursday from June to mid-September at 10 am until 3 pm.

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