The Perfect Family Adventure
The Great Race in Pierce County June 28-30
This June, the Great Race brings classic cars racing into downtown Tacoma, a city known for its love of all things chrome. The timed race from Richmond, California will hold its grand finale at the nation’s largest automotive museum.
Don’t limit yourself to that car show when there is so much to enjoy here in Pierce County. Here are some ideas to extend your stay and get the most out of your experience in this family friendly town.
Friday, June 28
Scenic beauty at Point Defiance Park
Enjoy your first day in Pierce County by having a relaxing lunch at one of our area’s many family-friendly restaurants, and exploring Tacoma’s Point Defiance Park. This 700-acre park is unique in that it is an urban park with old growth forest, it is also one of the largest urban parks in the country.
Point Defiance Park
In addition to the beauty of the forest, beaches and multiple Northwest gardens, Point Defiance Park also hosts two major attractions: Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is one of the world’s few combined zoos and aquariums. In addition to Northwest native animals, kids love watching the monkeys and other exotic animals in the Asian Exhibit. Don't miss out on Tacoma's unique Budgie exhibit, where hundreds of colorful birds fly freely around you, and eat from your hand. New to the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium is their Pacific Seas Aquarium, where you can get an up-close look at giant sea turtles, hammerhead sharks and hypnotic jellyfish.
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
Also inside Point Defiance Park is Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. Here your family can explore the first European Settlement in the Puget Sound region. The fort features authentic 19th crafts that your children can make, and living history re-enactors help the family get a taste of life before electricity.
Fort Nisqually Living History Museum
Saturday, June 29
Great Race Rally at LeMay – Family Collection at Marymount
The LeMay Collection at Marymount will welcome the Great Race drivers and their crews to Pierce County on June 29 with a full afternoon/evening of activities including a
See the racing cars as they get ready to embark on their final leg of the race. In addition to the Great Race cars on display, the LeMay Collections at Marymount has 500 unique vehicles. This enormous collection of collector cars, movie cars and even the odd stiletto-shoe-shaped car are all housed in an historic boys military academy, which makes exploring the museum especially memorable. Also at the LeMay Collections on June 29, a Show & Shine Car Show will feature local car clubs, tours of LeMay’s private garages, music, beer garden and food trucks, to name a few. Festivities start at 3:00 p.m., and other activities include a VIP Package including dinner with the race car drivers and crew members, Ford Model-T rides and more.
Wander the grounds to find hidden gems like an outdoor sculpture garden and other quirky treasure you have to see to believe.
Visitors will be able to sign up to take a Ford Model-T driving class to learn what it takes to handle one of America’s first automobiles.
LeMay- Family Collection at Marymount
Sunday, June 30
Fife Family Affair Car Show
9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
At Dacca Park
In its 13th year, the Fife Family Car show is a snapshot of the home spun charm of Fife. Check out the car show and the nearby Fife History Museum, or nearby by diners (Poodle Dog serves a mean breakfast) while you are in town.
The Great Race Grand Finish
The Great Race Grand Finish starts at 1:30 p.m. at LeMay - America's Car Museum.
Watch the winners as they drive across the finish line. Meet with the racers and see their cars up close. Enjoy the nearby Shine Time Car Show, and Taste The Race food truck festival and beer garden. America's Car Museum is the largest automotive museum in North America. Whether you are reliving childhood road trips, or joining your family playing the museum's slot car track, take some time to explore the 165,000 square foot museum that currently houses 400 cars, trucks and motorcycles.
Now on display is the original Bullitt mustang from the 1968 film, Bullitt staring Steve McQueen.