Searching for a family-friendly destination for your fall and winter vacation? Look no further than Tacoma and Pierce County, Washington. With a wide variety of dining, free, discounted and low-cost attractions, exciting events and unique lodging possibilities, Pierce County’s distinct regions will delight even the pickiest family members.

Explore America’s Car Museum, where you can see rare vehicles and rotating exhibits, race in a simulator, and learn about the automobile’s effect on American society. Next, head over to the 760-acre Point Defiance Park to enjoy Puget Sound saltwater beaches and kayak rentals, hikes through stunning, manicured gardens and natural forests, in addition to the only zoo/aquarium combination in the Pacific Northwest. Then, play together in the Children’s Museum of Tacoma and marvel at the artistic feats on the Chihuly Bridge of Glass.

Seeking a snowy adventure outside the city? Take the family on a ski vacation to the largest ski area in Washington State, Crystal Mountain, where the Mount Rainier Gondola whisks you to some of the best views of the Cascade Mountains while you dine on fresh, local cuisine at Summit House. Take a customized, guided tour of Mount Rainier from an experienced local guide. Or go snowshoeing at Paradise, which was once the snowiest place on earth.

How about a more accessible adventure, closer to sea level? Take a long walk or mild hike that'll make you feel like you're in the middle of the wilderness, when you're still inside a city. Walk the historic, beautiful Sequalitchew Creek Trail in DuPont. Circle Waughop Lake in Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood. Or meander through Chambers Bay Loop Trail in University Place, with its incredible views of the Olympic Mountains and islands of the Salish Sea. You might have to bring your rain gear, but it's a small price to pay to beat the crowds.



Film Festivals

Pierce County is home to several film festivals. // More

Holiday Events

Pierce County gets decked out for the holidays. Meet Santa, drink your fill of eggnog, or… // More

Arts and Culture Festivals

Tacoma's arts and culture scene is a year-round treat for visitors. // More

Community Festivals

Every community throughout Pierce County has a way to show the local flavor. // More

Food and Beverage Events

Pierce County's culinary scene is off the charts with restaurants, brewers, and distillers.… // More


Free Admission with the Attraction Pass

Get free admission, plus discounts when you purchase the Attraction Pass. // More

25 Free Things to Do in Tacoma and Pierce County

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Enjoy local cuisine and locally sourced seafood in Tacoma + Pierce County // More

Fall at the Mountain

Itinerary Suggested Season: Fall - Morning: Wake up for a day of experiences on your Mount… // More

Lodging and Hotels

A variety of lodging options to fit your lifestyle. Relax, and wake up rested. // More

Snowshoe Mt. Rainier

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

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