5 Things to Do in Tacoma on the Waterfront
One of the best parts of Tacoma, Washington, is its waterfront. The city hugs the edge of Commencement Bay, which is a part of Puget Sound. Whether you want to visit a museum, enjoy a meal, or experience the water, you can do it all. Check out this list of five things to do in Tacoma on the waterfront.
1. Get Fit and Enjoy the Outdoors at the Point Ruston Waterwalk
Covering 1 mile of waterfront, Ruston Way offers scenic views of the bay and Mount Rainier as you stroll or jog along the waterwalk. The path consists of various surfaces including grass, crushed rocks, and asphalt where people can rollerblade or ride their bikes. If you’re looking for a fresh catch, try the Les Davis Pier, an ideal spot for fishing that’s connected to the waterwalk. This 1-mile section connects in both directions to other walkways. For kids, the waterwalk has a ferry boat-themed play structure where they can run and climb.
Fewer than 3 miles from the waterwalk, you’ll find Dolan’s Board Sports where you can rent stand-up paddle boards to ride in the bay. This renowned local business also offers stand-up paddle yoga sessions, a great way to stay in shape and enjoy being on the water.
2. Take a Kayak Into the Bay
From Point Ruston waterwalk, you can enter the water for kayaking. With your kayak, you can engage in rigorous paddling or leisurely cruising. If you don’t have your own vessel, you can rent a kayak at any of the local rental shops near the bay.
3. Dine While Enjoying Breathtaking Views at Anthony’s at Point Defiance
Sweeping views through 20-foot high windows allow guests to enjoy fresh seafood in a beautiful setting at Anthony’s at Point Defiance. Outdoor dining is available, weather permitting. This waterfront institution is busy for lunch and dinner, so reservations are a good idea if you have six or more people in your party. This restaurant is kid-friendly and has a children’s menu.
4. Enjoy the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium
Located in Point Defiance Park, the zoo and aquarium give visitors the chance to see a wide variety of animals in confined habitats. Polar bears, elephants, red wolves, tigers, and primates are just a few of the animals housed at the Point Defiance Zoo. Numerous underwater exhibits at the aquarium offer a glimpse of marine life. Jellyfish, sharks, tropical fish, and stingrays call the aquarium home. In the North Pacific part of the aquarium, guests learn about species that are native to the waters near Tacoma.
5. Stroll Across the Chihuly Glass Bridge
This 500-foot long overpass known as the Chihuly Glass Bridge is open to pedestrians. The bridge developed from a partnership between Tacoma’s Museum of Glass and Dale Chihuly, a glassworks pioneer and Tacoma native. Of particular interest is the colorful glass ceiling consisting of 2,364 Chihuly artistic objects suspended in midair. At the center of the bridge, the Crystal Towers rise 40 feet into the sky.
From art to exercise to dining, Tacoma provides many activities along its beloved waterfront.
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