25 free things to do in Tacoma
Visit numerous attractions in the Tacoma + Pierce County area at no cost to you. From museums to parks, create priceless memories with friends and family for free!
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- Museum District
- Glass Art
- Public Art
- Fort Steilacoom Park
- Relax in the heart of Tacoma
- Childrens Museum of Tacoma
- Fireman's Park
- Pacific Bonsai Museum
- Port of Tacoma
- Ruston Way
- Farmers Market
- Fife History Museum
- Karpeles Manuscript Museum
- Kopachuck State Parks Saltwater Beach
- Evangelische Lutheran Kirche
- Chambers Creek Regional Park
- Chambers Bay
- Scenic Drive around Mt. Rainier
- Picnic near Mt. Rainier
- Hike for breathtaking views of Mt. Rainier
- Puyallups Antique District
- Sumners Historical Landmarks
- Point Defiance Park
- Harbor History Museum
2. Wander through large displays of Dale Chihuly’s glass art at the 500-foot long Bridge of Glass, which connects Washington State History Museum, Museum of Glass and historic Union Station.
4. Travel the 340 acre Fort Steilacoom Park and explore the extensive trail system by foot or bike with the entire family. If you have your furry friend with you, don't miss the 22 acre off-leash dog park.
6. Use your imagination and explore the hands-on exhibits that the Children's Museum of Tacoma has to offer [pay-as-you-will admission].
7. See the 100+ year old, 85-foot totem pole in Fireman's Park and enjoy the 180-degree view of Commencement Bay.
8. Immerse yourself in the style and history of the bonsai tree. The art form is taken to new heights at the Pacific Bonsai Museum, a free, open-air museum.
9. Climb the Port of Tacoma's observation deck to watch loading cargo ships. While you're there, take a free tour of the Port of Tacoma to learn about the history of the port and all its activity.
10. Walk, rollerblade or cycle along the two-mile Ruston Way Promenade, Tacoma's premiere waterfront drive.
14. Experience history through remarkable manuscripts and documents on display at Karpeles Manuscript Museum.
17. Discover one of Elbe's wonderful gems in its 1906 Evangelische Lutheran Kirche, one of the smallest churches in the U.S. [24 ft. by 18 ft.]
18. Explore two miles of shoreline by walking the Bridge to the Beach at Chamber's Creek Regional Park in beautiful University Place.
19. Walk the path around the 2015 US Open Golf Course, Chambers Bay. Take in the rolling hills and the gorgeous waterfront.
22. Hike or walk Chinook Pass, Crystal Mountain, High Rock Lookout or the Mount Tahoma Trail system for breathtaking views of Mount Rainier the fourth highest peak in the U.S.
25. Wind through an old-growth forest with views of Puget Sound and the Tacoma Narrows Bridge on the five-mile drive at Point Defiance Park.
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