Things To Do In Tacoma

Play-Park and Laser-Tag Packages at Odyssey 1 (Up to 50% Off). Five Options Available.

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

Walking Tour for Two or Four from I Heart Tacoma Sidewalk Tours (Up to 51% Off)

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

$49 for Four Private Guitar Lessons with Free Lesson e-Book at American Guitar Academy ($129.95 Value)

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

One or Two Months of Cage Fitness Classes at Lenderman's Academy of Martial Arts (Up to 77% Off)

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

Three Open Play Times, One-Month Family Pass, or Party for Up to 12 at Bounce E House (Up to 48% Off)

Bounce E House

Tacoma

$23 $12

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

Ghost Tour for Two or Four from Spooked in Seattle Ghost Tours (Up to 63% Off)

Spooked in Seattle Ghost Tours

Multiple Locations

$32 $15

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Tours and events held by ghost hunters take participants through haunted locales and give an inside look into paranormal investigation

Wine Tasting for Two or Four at 21 Cellars (35% Off)

21 Cellars

North End

$20 $13

In a grotto lined with oak barrels, guests taste award-winning wines from winery specializing in bordeaux varietals

$25 for $50 Groupon — Studio Moves Dance Center

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

$49 for a Two-Hour Recording Session at Tre'dmarks Recording Studio ($100 Value)

Tre'dmarks Recording Studio

New Tacoma

$100 $49

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

Visits to the LeMay Family Collection at Marymount (Up to 52% Off). Four Options Available.

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

$79 for Private and Group Lessons with Party for Individual or Couple at Arthur Murray Dance Studio ($432 Value)

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

Eight-Week Youth Soccer Program at Pacific Sports and Events Center (49% Off). Five Options Available.

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

$1 Buys You a Coupon For a $5 Adult Admission Ticket to 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

18-Hole Round of Golf for One,Two, or Four at Lake Spanaway Golf Course (Up to 50% Off)

Lake Spanaway Golf Course

Spanaway

$38 $19

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Giant douglas firs line the fairways bunkers surround the greens of challenging, par 71 course that stretches 7,083 yards

10 Yoga Classes or One Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes at Simply Hot Yoga Wellness Center (Up to 70% Off)

Simply Hot Yoga Wellness Center

West End

$105 $31

Instructors heat their studio to 105 degrees to facilitate deep stretching during power Vinyasa and Hatha classes

Four-Hour ElliptiGO Rental for One or Two at Precor Home Fitness (Up to 75% Off)

Precor Home Fitness

Multiple Locations

$50 $14.99

ElliptiGOs combines an elliptical and a bike to allow guests to run outdoors without the impact on knees during four-hour rentals

10 Personal-Training Sessions from Momentum Fitness Studio (55% Off)

Dialed In Fitness - Tacoma/momentum Fitness Studio

Tacoma

$595 $268

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

Six Training Sessions from Anytime Fitness (55% Off)

Anytime Fitness Tacoma

West End

$299 $135

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

Tacoma Rainiers Game with Unlimited Buffet and Drinks at Cheney Stadium on August 25 or 26 (50% Off)

Tacoma Rainiers

Cheney Stadium

$80 $40

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The Rainiers host the Iowa Cubs during the last home series of the 2014 season; fans enjoy an unlimited buffet and drinks

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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
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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
US

For decades, the city of Tacoma was the minor league home of MLB teams from across the country. It hosted affiliates of the San Francisco Giants, the Chicago Cubs, and even the New York Yankees for one season. In 1995, the Seattle Mariners took over Tacoma's team and instantly inherited the long-time organizational name, the Rainiers. The alliance has seen much success over the years, including a Pacific Coast League championship in 2010, a title the club had to win on the road while Cheney Stadium was groggy from anesthesia as it endured drastic renovations.

Those renovations earned the facility a "2011 Renovation of the Year" award from Ballpark Digest. Once dubbed the "100-Day Wonder" thanks to its hasty construction before the 1960 season, Cheney Stadium features an iconic 75-foot wooden exterior façade. Inside, the stadium now boasts such modern amenities as luxury suites, a restaurant, and a grass berm along right field. Despite all the updates, though, the stadium has preserved its epic 29-foot tall batter's eye in centerfield, which sits a distant 425 feet—or, the equivalent of 5,437 sunflower seeds—from home plate.

2502 S Tyler St
Tacoma,
WA
US

Tucked in the breezy shadows of towering douglas firs, golfers hunt birdies and pars across Lake Spanaway's 7,083-yard course. Fairways tunnel through communities of trees that convince errant golf balls that they are pinecones. Three of the course's holes earned honorable mention in the Seattle Times' Puget Sound area's Dream 18 Holes, including the par 4 12th, where tee shots must trace the fairway as it curves left through a narrow tree line and toward a green shielded by an oasis of vast bunkers.

A covered, lighted driving range sits beside the course, where golfers smooth out swings undisturbed by waning daylight, rain, or hail caused by skydivers eating sunflower seeds. The course's staff of golf pros also helps manage on-course techniques with a variety of instructional options, including complimentary 10-minute lessons.

Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 71 course * Length of 7,083 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 73.5 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 124 from the farthest tees * Four tee options * See the scorecard

15602 Pacific Ave S
Tacoma,
WA
US

In 2004, a group of skilled climbers and experienced route setters married their expansive knowledge of the sport to create Edgeworks Climbing. The gym is an indoor paradise that expertly match the dynamic challenges that athletes face outdoors, boasting 10,000 square feet of climbing area with 25-foot top-rope routes, 35-foot lead routes, and 3,500 square feet of bouldering. The team of setters draws on years of experience outdoors to create hundreds of challenging, satisfying routes for climbers of all skill levels. Most of the setters are teachers as well, leading classes for beginners or advanced climbers, as well as heading outdoors to help the class appreciate the adrenaline rush of an outdoor climb ending in a fistfight with a bear.

Additionally, the passionate staff realized that alternative workouts are needed to push through plateaus in climbs, so they created a fitness area to complement the climbing gym. Classes such as yoga, Pilates, and cycling further exercise muscle groups that are useful when trying to finally ride a bike up your favorite route.

6102 N 9th St, Ste 200
Tacoma,
WA
US

Arthur Murray has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and The Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, The Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired up with other classmates as the instructors assess their current skill level and make recommendations on the most appropriate program. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.

5849 Tacoma Mall Blvd
Tacoma,
WA
US

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