Your Pass to Exploration and Savings
Tacoma's Attraction Pass is packed with excitement, education and adventure at half the price. From mountaintop exploration to sea-level wonderment, it’s a package of seven of Pierce County’s top attractions at a 50% discount.
3-Day Attraction Pass includes:
Museum of Glass, the Tacoma Art Museum, The Washington State History Museum, Fort Nisqually, LeMay Collections at Marymount and the Foss Waterway Seaport Museum, plus discounts at unique local experiences like glass blowing.
7-Day Attraction Pass includes:
Everything in the 3-Day Attraction Pass, plus the Crystal Mountain Gondola.
Wondering if you can do it all? You sure can. Here's how:
Day 1: Be blown away
Tacoma is known as a nexus of studio glass art. Artists from all over the world have this Northwest city on their map. Dale Chihuly, a giant in the modern glass art movement, calls Tacoma his hometown. You can see signs of his work from everywhere from a public bridge, to a bar to gallery displays. Dive into this challenging art by seeing his work on display at the Tacoma Art Museum. While there, you can also see the new Rebecca and Jack Benaroya Wing that is dedicated to contemporary glass art.
Now that you've gotten a primer, walk across Tacoma's famous Bridge of Glass to see three memorable, and photogenic pieces (don't forget to look up) on your way to the Museum of Glass. In addition to a spectacular rotating display of contemporary glass exhibits, you can also experience live glass blowing in the cone-shaped hot shop. Artists come in for live demonstrations nearly every day.
If you are now ready to try your hand at glass blowing yourself, be sure to book some time with Tacoma Glass Blowing Studio where you can get a discount with the attraction pass.
Tacoma Art Museum (Closed Mondays)
Museum of Glass (Closed Mondays and Tuesdays)
Day 2: Nostalgia for the roads and waterways.
Just outside of town you will find one of the largest private car collections in the country, LeMay Collections at Marymount. The LeMay family collected vintage and notable cars throughout their lives and have put them all up for public display in this memorable setting. There are more than 500 cars on display every day, and you can walk one plane hanger to see a timeline of cars from the first Model As to collector cars of today.
For your last museum, head back down to the downtown Tacoma Waterfront to dive into the history of our local waterways at Foss Waterway Seaport Museum. Hand made boats are on display, and you will likely see some being made in the active boat shop on site.
LeMay Collections (Closed Sunday and Monday)
Foss Museum (Closed Monday and Tuesday)
Day 3: The early days of the great Northwest
Today is the day to dive into Pacific Northwest History. Explore Native American History and walk through the days of early pioneers at the Washington State History Museum. Don't miss the top floor for fun interactive games for kids and a 1,800 square foot running train modal.
Next it's time to experience Point Defiance Park, a 700-acre old-growth forest on the tip of downtown Tacoma. Take a spin around 5-mile drive before heading to Fort Nisqually. This living history museum brings to life the early days of the Hudson Bay trading company. The original location is located south of Tacoma in DuPont, but the parts of the fort were relocated to Tacoma. Cell service can be fuzzy in the park so be sure to use Metro Parks free Wi-Fi to access your pass.
Washington State History Museum (closed Mondays)
Fort Nisqually (Closed Mondays and Tuesdays)
Get an early start and head to the Mount Rainier Gondola (approximately Memorial Day through Labor Day in the summer; November through April in the winter; check crystalmountainresort.com for details and updates) at Crystal Mountain Resort. The gondola will take you to the highest-elevation restaurant in Washington State – the Summit House at 6,872 feet – where you’ll enjoy a savory meal with a side of the best views of Mount Rainier anywhere. Don’t miss out on some of the hiking through wildflowers at the Crystal Mountain summit in the summer, or snowshoeing in the winter.