Lakewood is a patriotic community that invites you to enjoy some all-American fun. Discover majestic gardens, lakes, golf courses and green spaces.

Things to do in Lakewood


The region’s most stunning gardens are nestled in Lakewood, Washington. Thornwood Castle, one of America’s few standing castles, boasts a charming garden plucked from the pages of The Secret Garden, and featured in movies. Guest of the Castle are welcome to explore. Lakewold Garden is a 10-acre European garden, that will take you back in time.    

Thornwood Castle in Lakewood, Washington


Fort Steilacoom + American Lake Park

Fort Steilacoom Park is the home to 340+ acres of trails and prairie lands ready for you to explore. Enjoy scenic walks throughout the year and a place to bike, bird watch and play fetch with your dog. Fish, swim or boat in clear-water lakes and then relax in beautiful and serene gardens. 

Tour the past and venture through Lakewood’s historic sites. Learn about life as an American soldier centuries ago and view extraordinary old barns dating back to the 1930s. 

Or enjoy the still waters, and sandy beaches of American Lake

Barns at Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood

Stunning Golf Courses

Once open only to the elite, Oakbrook Golf Course is now open to the public. 

Oakbrook Golf Course in Lakewood, Wa


Steilacoom: Washington State's First Town

Along the Puget Sound coastline, next to Lakewood sits the small, quiet town of Steilacoom. Named after the Steilacoom Indian Tribe this town boasts an interesting history. The town was incorporated in 1854, making it the first town in Washington state. Check out the Steilacoom History Museum to learn more about our state's oldest town and its classic Americana feel and waterfront parks. If you like to explore behind the wheel, try the scenic drive that takes you from Saltar's Point Bear to the tip of Point Defiance Park.

Bair's Drug and Hardware in Steilacoom, Washington


Places to eat and drink in Lakewood

Lakewood has a wonderful mix of shops and international restaurants to visit in its multicultural shopping districts. Hess Bakery makes fresh pretzels and German baked goods with ingredients imported from Germany. For authentic Vietnamese try Long Beach Cafe, or enjoy Szechuanese meals - try the Szechuan Prawns at Tacoma Szechuan.  

Even the local distillery has an international flavor, Mastrogiannis Distillery with its crafting of Ouzo, the traditional Greek liqueur.  In nearby Steilacoom, grab a delicious shake at Bair Bistro, or enjoy views of the Puget Sound at Topside Bar & Grill

More places to eat and drink in Lakewood. 

Hess Bakery in Lakewood


Top Five

  1. Fort Steilacoom Park
  2. Scenic Lakes for Boating + Fishing
  3. Majestic Gardens
  4. International cuisine
  5. Stunning Golf Courses

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