4 Free Family Activities in Tacoma, WA

October 12th, 2017 by

parkKeeping the family entertained on weekends doesn’t need to cost a fortune. Fortunately, Tacoma has many family-friendly activities that are free. Why don’t you try out some of these?

Bridge of Glass and Chihuly Artwork

The 500-foot long Bridge of Glass in downtown Tacoma connects the Washington State History Museum, the Museum of Glass, and the Union Station. Many of the Chihuly glass artworks are on the bridge, including two blue towers and a wall encasing glass sculptures. You can also see the traffic pass on the freeway below. Continue walking through downtown Tacoma to view more of Dale Chihuly’s work.

Tacoma Waterfront

Take a stroll along the Waterfront in Tacoma and enjoy the view. There are numerous parks along the pathway where you can watch the boats and possibly see some sea life. If you don’t feel like walking, why not rollerblade or cycle? During summer the Tacoma MaritimeFest hosts tours and exhibits of Tacoma’s waterfront history.

Parks in Tacoma

Tacoma is filled with parks that offer a range of different experiences.

Although you need to pay to get into the zoo at Point Defiance, there are many free options as well. Enjoy the tranquility and order of the Japanese garden or make your way through an old-growth forest with amazing views on the Five Mile Drive. Visit Owen Beach with its boardwalk and relax on its sandy beach.

Have fun in the playgrounds and spray grounds at Wright Park, Titlow Beach Park, and Kandle Park and go hiking at Swan Creek or Snake Lake. Explore the trails at Fort Steilacoom Park on foot or bike with the entire family. For the furry members of your family there’s a 22-acre dog park. Fort Steilacoom Park also boasts a top-ranking disc golf course, which offers loads of outdoor fun. For a little history, you can visit Fort Steilacoom and learn about the pioneer history of the area.

Relax in the beautiful W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory found in the center of Tacoma or visit Fireman’s Park to see the 85-foot totem pole, which is over a hundred years old. There’s also a scenic 180-degree view of Commencement Bay at Fireman’s Park.

Museums in Tacoma

Don’t miss out on Tacoma Museum District’s Third Thursday Artwalk every month where you get free admission to Tacoma Art Museum, Washington State History Museum, and Museum of Glass.

Encourage your kids to use their imagination and explore the hands-on exhibits at the Children’s Museum of Tacoma, which has a pay-as-you-will admission.

Discover the art form of the bonsai tree at the Pacific Bonsai Museum, a free, open-air museum filled with history.

If you’re a collector you will love the extraordinary manuscripts exhibited at Karpeles Manuscript Museum, which houses the largest private collections of historical documents.

Now there’s no excuse for not spending some quality family time together in Tacoma. There’s something for everyone whether you love history, exercise, art, or adventure. Best of all, they are all free activities.


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