Things To Do In Tacoma

Up to 52% Off Rock Climbing or Fitness Classes

Edgeworks Climbing

Tacoma

$29 $14

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10,000 sq. ft. gym helps climbers of all ages learn the fundamentals of bouldering and top roping; fitness classes further tone bodies

54% Off Ice Skating

Sprinker Recreation Center

Parkland

$21.88 $10

Lace up your skates and hit the ice at this rec center's NHL regulation-size rink

60% Off Outdoor Barre-Fitness Class

Toma Barre

Multiple Locations

$15 $6

Hype up your 90-minute barre workout by taking it to a local park with a live DJ

51% Off Two-Hour Recording Session

Tre'dmarks Recording Studio

New Tacoma

$100 $49

Two-hour recording session captures tracks for individual artists such as vocalists, rappers, and singer-songwriters

49% Off Eight-Week Youth Soccer Program

Pacific Sports and Events Center

Tacoma

$96 $49

With soccer programs for kids aged 18 months–9 years, an experienced staff leads them through age-appropriate development skills

50% Off a Football Specialty Clinic with Football

Sports International Football Camps

Pacific Lutheran University

$199.97 $99

Kids receive intensive position-specific training at a specialty clinic run by hand-selected football coaches

Up to 50% Off Play-Park and Laser-Tag Packages at Odyssey 1

Odyssey 1

Tacoma

$42 $22

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Adventurous laser-tag games for all ages and climbing, jumping, and crawling in play center for kids 10 and younger

Up to 48% Off Bounce-House Playtime or Party

Bounce E House

Tacoma

$23 $12

Kids romp around on inflatable castles and giant slides; parties include a private room for 1.5 hours

Up to 52% Off Automobile Museum Visits

LeMay Family Collection at Marymount

Parkland

$30 $14.99

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Vintage cars from a collection of more than 1,900 vehicles in a campus built in the 1920s

Up to 53% Off Ghost Tour

Spooked in Seattle Ghost Tours

Multiple Locations

$32 $16

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90-minute tours led by ghost hunters takes participants through the haunted buildings of Pioneer Square or downtown Tacoma

Half Off a Haunted-History Walking Tour

Spirit Expeditions

Multiple Locations

$50 $25

A two-hour walking tour covers most haunted areas and allows guests to conduct their own paranormal investigation

Up to 51% Off from I Heart Tacoma Sidewalk Tours

I Heart Tacoma Sidewalk Tours

Freight House Square by the Light Rail

$60 $30

Tacoma-born tour guide leads guests around his favorite city during historical downtown tours and the foodie-friendly pub and grub crawl

Children's Museum of Tacoma – 50% Off Membership

Children's Museum of Tacoma

Downtown Tacoma

$50 $24.99

Membership to children’s museum that promotes self-directed play; five playscapes encourage kids to build forts or become an inventor

62% Off Guitar Lessons at American Guitar Academy

American Guitar Academy

Multiple Locations

$129.95 $49

Under the tutelage of skilled instructors, prospective rock icons learn scales, chords, and soloing techniques during 30-minute lessons

Up to 77% Off Martial Arts Fitness Classes

Lenderman's Academy of Martial Arts

Parkland

$125 $29

Five five-minute rounds of anaerobic and aerobic workouts burn fat and tone muscles through workouts derived from MMA techniques

50% Off Dance Class

Studio Moves Dance Center

Tacoma

$50 $25

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Arthur Murray Dance Studio – 82% Off Lessons

Arthur Murray Dance Studio

Multiple Locations

$432 $79

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Certified instructors teach dance styles such as West Coast swing and salsa in private and group lessons; parties allow for casual practice

52% Off Food and Drinks at The Haven Pub

The Haven Pub

Parkland

$25 $12

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Classic pub food, such as pizza and burgers, served at bar with cold brews, karaoke, and music

$1 Buys You a Coupon For The Washington State History Museum

Washington State History Museum

Tacoma

$1 $1

For $1, receive a coupon for a $5 adult admission ticket to The Washington State History Museum

Select Local Merchants

Incorporated in 1907 to oversee the city's fledgling parks, today the Metro Parks Tacoma organization enriches the lives of residents and visitors with its array of recreational facilities that includes community centers, dog parks, pools, and athletic fields. At Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, visitors step back in time to interact with Washington's denizens of yore, hearkening back to the day when trappers fetched a pretty penny for the 1979 Seattle SuperSonics' jerseys. For nearly a century, golfers have flocked to Meadow Park Golf Course's 27 holes to shoot for par or practice their drives, and the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium touts a rich Asian forest sanctuary home to real Sumatran tigers.

1919 S Tyler St
Tacoma,
WA
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Though it only takes six minutes, a walk through Hell's Gateway Haunted House can feel like a terrifying eternity. A new scare waits behind every door, in every pitch-black corner, and down every narrow hallway. The experience is like stepping right onto the set of a horror film, only without the prima-donna werewolf and his incessant demands for imported chocolates.

A central computer controls all the sounds, mechanical props, and special effects, but the scariest inhabitants are the human performers. These actors take on the roles of demons, crazed children, and other terrifying personas searching for new recruits; attendees can spend some time in the Zombie Jail and pose for a picture in the electric chair.

2302 Fawcett Avenue
Tacoma,
WA
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Because Master Dokun Park holds certification through the Kukkiwon—the governing body of tae kwon do—each black belt he presents to his students is recognized throughout the tae kwon do world. This means students looking to compete can parlay the poise, confidence, and combat techniques gained in class to official tournaments. Students who don't plan on competing still enjoy the age-appropriate classes' emphasis on discipline and positivity, skills they leverage to overcome fear and life's obstacles.

13923-B Pacific Ave S
Tacoma,
WA
US

The Dive & Adventure Travel Expo 2013 will connect scuba and snorkel enthusiasts with some of the industry's top experts, brands, and innovations. More than 50 seminars scheduled throughout the weekend will showcase the diving deftness of speakers from across the country, enabling attendees to net information on such topics as underwater photography and safety. ReefID founder and editor John Fifer will host two of these gatherings, sharing ways his online database of diver-captured photos is helping raise awareness for marine life. Fifer will also play host to the expo's signature Saturday Night Film Festival event at 7 p.m. alongside 3D photographer Mark Blum and other presenters.

In addition to engaging activities, the Dive & Adventure Travel Expo 2013 is also home to the best in dive-related gear and information. Approximately 140 exhibit booths connect attendees with purveyors of international adventure from global hotspots including Palau, Yap, the Virgin Islands, and Fiji. In addition to resort representatives, booths also house all of the equipment needed for undersea excursions, with new products ranging from snorkel and scuba innovations to travel accessories and luggage. During face-to-face conversations, dive skills clinics, or snorkel sword fights, expo-goers can get travel tips or plan dive vacations around the globe. While parents research, younger visitors can decamp to a youth section filled with interactive attractions designed for youngsters aged 8–12.

Attendees who come for the education should probably stick for the prizes; the expo plans to give away over $50,000 in door prizes, including a massive grand prize: a full set of dive gear including a drysuit, Weezle undergarments, ScubaPro G260 regulator, Aqua Lung BCD, a TUSA mask, fin, and snorkel set, an Oceanic dive computer, and trips including weeklong Philippine dive adventure from the Marco Vincent Resort.

1500 Broadway
Tacoma,
WA
US

The woods are full of hazards, from prickly bushes to wild animals. But all’s safe in the Woods at the Children's Museum of Tacoma, where a log pile leads to a play area where kids can build forts and send supplies to and fro with pulleys. The Woods is one of the museum’s five playscapes, which encourage children and their adult guardians to learn through self-directed play.

Youngsters can unleash their inner architects with blocks and tubes at the Invention station, and paint, clay, and other artistic tools at Becka’s Studio allow kids to tap into their creative sides. Aboard the Voyager, children can pretend to fly to the moon or parallel-park between two asteroids. Back on earth, the interactive Water playspace presents a world of tranquil waterfalls and streams.

Afterward, there’s more to explore through the museum’s programs. They range from summer camps to Play to Learn, where kids 6 and younger take part in group activities, sing-alongs, and group circle time.

1501 Pacific Ave
Tacoma,
WA
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Fife Jiu-Jitsu & Wrestling Club offers training in a variety of martial-arts and combat techniques for adults and youths. With one month of unlimited classes, you'll sculpt your body into a lean, mean fighting machine without the use of canned spinach or celebrity-endorsed muscle griddles. Choose from Brazilian jiu-jitsu, submission wrestling, and kickboxing and mixed martial arts taught by expert instructors, such as fourth-degree black belt Marcelo Alonso and gladiator-challenge vet Joey "The Coyote" Guel, in a clean, state-of-the-art facility. A variety of class types and times and a convenient online calendar accommodate students already committed to demanding roles on the volunteer synchronized-swim and Revolutionary-reenactment squad.

2519 Pacific Highway East
Tacoma,
WA
US

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