Kid-Friendly and Family-Friendly Things to Do in Tacoma and Pierce County

Fun for the whole family

School's out for the day, the weekend, the summer, the holidays...or maybe the family just needs an outing. It's time to hit the road.

Whether you're looking for a day trip for a change of scenery, or a weekend getaway with the whole family, here are some activities in Tacoma, Mount Rainier, and Pierce County that require almost no planning.



Point Defiance Zoo + Aquarium

Acclaimed zoo + aquarium featuring an elephant, tigers, muskox, hammerhead sharks, clouded… // More

Foss Waterway Seaport

The mission of the Foss Waterway Seaport is to celebrate Tacoma's rich maritime heritage… // More

Museum of Glass

All glass, all the time. Experience contemporary glass art in a breathtakingly beautiful… // More

Tinkertopia Creativity Center

An imagination store for students, artists, crafters, inventors, makers, hackers, and… // More

Washington State History Museum

Discover the stories of Washington's past. Explore and be entertained while you learn about… // More

Tacoma Art Museum

Tacoma Art Museum (TAM) is an anchor in the city’s downtown and a gathering space for… // More

W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory

Exotic tropical plants and seasonal floral displays await you at the W.W. Seymour Botanical… // More

Dorky's Arcade

Arcade, bar and restaurant. // More

Children's Museum of Tacoma

Admission to the Children's Museum of Tacoma is by donation only. This model is called as… // More

LeMay - America's Car Museum

LeMay – America’s Car Museum, an entity of America’s Automotive Trust, is an… // More

Fort Nisqually Living History Museum

Walk into Fort Nisqually and experience daily life in the 1850s at a regional trade and… // More

Wheel Fun Rentals

Bike and Surrey Rentals for exploring the Point Ruston waterfront Open May-October // More

Other Pierce County Communities

Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

Spend the day with nature! Northwest Trek is the premier wildlife and adventure park of the… // More

Maris Farms

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Gig Harbor Gondola

Welcome to Gig Harbor, the site of the American gondolier. Gondolas are our passion, and Gig… // More

Pioneer Farm Museum + Ohop Indian Village

Escape to another century... Journey back to the 1880's with our tour guides to experience… // More

Knutson Farms

Knutson Farms is family-owned and operated, specializing in rhubarb and cut flowers, and… // More


Ocean5 is Gig Harbor's premiere entertainment center. We've got elevated bowling (10-pin or… // More

LeMay Collections at Marymount

The LeMay Family Collection at Marymount is recognized in the Guinness Book of World Records… // More

Crystal Mountain Scenic Gondola

Enjoy a scenic ride on the 8-passenger Mt. Rainier Gondola! Watch from above as skiers and… // More

25 Free Things to Do in Tacoma and Pierce County

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