Family Adventure in Tacoma + Pierce County

Plan Your Summer Vacation

Searching for a family-friendly destination for your summer vacation? Look no further than Tacoma + Pierce County, Washington. With a wide variety of dining, free and low-cost attractions, exciting events and unique lodging possibilities, as well as sunny summer weather, Pierce County’s distinct regions will delight even the pickiest of 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 zoo, aquarium and math & science institute. Then, play together in the Children’s Museum of Tacoma and marvel at the artistic feats on the Chihuly Bridge of Glass.

Seeking a scenic adventure outside the city? Take the family on the Mount Rainier Gondola and savor the views of the Cascade Mountains while you dine on fresh, local cuisine at Summit House. For more outdoor fun, take your pick from a bounty of celebrations: Puyallup’s art and music festival Meeker Days in June, Sumner’s Rhubarb Days or Gig Harbor’s Food & Wine Festival in July.

Summer Events

Concerts at the Washington State Fair

Macklemore, Toby Keith, Florida Georgia Line, and more at the 2018 State Fair // More

Washington State Fair Beginners Guide

Enjoy a day at the fair, and stay overnight in Puyallup // More

Lodging and Hotels

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

Children's Museum of Tacoma

The nation's only pay-as-you-will children's museum, the Children's Museum of Tacoma engages… // More

25 Free Things to Do in Tacoma + Pierce County

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

The sports loving family

If you're part of a "Go-For-It" family with some sports lovers in the mix, this trip will… // More

Suggested Summer Tours

Family-Friendly tours in Tacoma + Pierce County. // More

Sharks, Tigers and Bears, oh my!

Day 1 – The Hampton Inn Puyallup is the perfect place to stay while visiting Pierce County.… // More


Calendar of events in Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Fife, Lakewood, Puyallup, Sumner, DuPont and Mount… // More

Explore the Outdoors

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

Read the Pierce County Visitor Guide

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

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