Stunning Waterfront in Tacoma + Pierce County

Experience Miles of Sparking Shoreline and Endless Exploration

With the Puget Sound, Gig Harbor, American Lake, and many more lakes and rivers in the area, Tacoma + Pierce County are home to miles and miles of stunning shoreline and endless exploration. Visit each one of our towns and regions to experience a unique adventure on the water.

 

Alder Lake Near Mount Rainier
Kayaking on Alder Lake

 

Activities

Enjoying this beautiful waterfront’s scenery and activities couldn’t be simpler in Tacoma + Pierce County. We have highlighted a few of our favorite thing to do on the water

Tacoma
Head over to the Ruston Way Waterfront, for a variety of waterfront fun. Walk, run or stroll Ruston Way and discover several waterfront parks and beaches as you take in views of the Puget Sound, Mount Rainier, downtown Tacoma, and the Olympic Mountains.  Then get out on the water! Try kayaking, paddle-boarding or boating on the Puget Sound. Bring your own gear or visit one of our trusted vendors for rentals, guided torus, lessons and more.

Lakewood
Visit American Lake in Lakewood for boating, water skiing, tubing, sailing, jet skiing, swimming, fishing, picnicking and more. American Lake hosts a variety of water activities and boasts wonderful scenery.

Puyallup
Originating from the glaciers of Mount Rainier, the Puyallup River flows through the city of Puyallup into a the Puget Sound. The river is regularly stocked with varieties of salmon and is also an historical spawning ground for many types of salmon and steelhead. Need gear, bait or insider tips? Check out a local sport fishing spots in town for the best insights from the locals.

Gig Harbor
Culture and outdoor recreation unite in Gig Harbor where maritime heritage thrives. After your kayaking excursion or boat tour, visit the Harbor History Museum, Waterfront History Walk and Narrows Park in Gig Harbor for and learn more and take in the rich maritime history of the area. 

DuPont
Hike along the Sequalitchew Creek trail that leads to Sequalitchew Beach in DuPont. Along the way, keep your eyes open for local wildlife in the air, trees, bushes, and on the trail beneath your feet. You may even get lucky and spot a grey whale in the waters off Sequalitchew Beach.

Dining

After a fun-filled day of exploring, you will need to sample our local cuisine. Enjoy regionally-sourced shellfish, oysters, freshly-caught fish and more. Plus, take your meal to the next level by dining on the waterfront. There are a wide array of choices, and a delicious meal are just steps away from the shore. For a meal to remember, try one of these favored local establishments: The SparKatie Downs Waterfront Tavernthe Lobster Shop, or WildFin American Grill, just to name a few.

Lodging

Tacoma + Pierce County have plenty of memorable places to overnight. To be on the waterfront, try the Silver Cloud Inn . If you want an artistic feel, stay at the Hotel Murano. For a quiet, community-style stay, try the Geiger Victorian Bed & Breakfast  has historic accommodations for families with children over 12.  Other waterfront lodging can be found in Gig Harbor at the Waterfront Inn.

 

Waterfront Dining

Mouthwatering, and locally sourced Northwest flavor. Dine with a view. // More

Ruston Way Esplanade

There's nearly two miles of walking trail that are dotted by a series of small, peaceful… // More

Explore the Outdoors

Itinerary Suggested Season: Summer - Morning: Wake up and soak in the soothing views of… // More

Marina + Boat Slips

Park your boat or moor it overnight. Stay aboard your boat in a marina, it offers easy… // More

Water Transportation

Boating adventures vary from sightseeing and eco tours to charters and cruises. Take a… // More

Foss Waterway Seaport

The Foss Waterway Seaport is Puget Sound's premier maritime heritage, education and event… // More

Out on the water

The view: Unobstructed views from the open water at Owen Beach // More

Destiny Harbor Tours

Tacoma's waterfront is twice as stunning when experienced from the water. Destiny Harbor… // More

Park-It

Day 1: Check in at the Silver Cloud Inn on Ruston Way and enjoy the views of the Puget Sound… // More

Save upto 25% with the Tacoma Museum Pass

The Tacoma Museum Pass offers discounted rates at six major attractions. // More

Visitor Guide

Your guide to where to go, who to see and what to do // More

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