Tacoma may share an airport with Seattle, but it has its own distinct culture, history, and attractions. The City of Destiny is known for being the final stop on the Northern Pacific Railroad. A day in Tacoma might include shopping along Antique Row, a Rainiers game at Cheney Stadium, and dinner and a movie at the Grand Cinema. Keep reading for more fun things to do in Tacoma.
Dale Chihuly is a world-renowned glass sculptor and Tacoma native. His works can be found inside the Union Passenger Station and the Museum of Glass. You can learn this tricky trade at the Tacoma Glassblowing Studio.
Built in 1981, the Tacoma Dome is a massive wooden arena that’s hosted the likes of David Bowie, U2, Lady Gaga, and Aerosmith. For more Tacoma culture, watch a show at the Pantages Theater or the Rialto Theater.
With more than 700 acres filled with forests, trails, and beaches, Point Defiance Park is the second largest urban park in the nation. Visitors can also go to the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium for a look at the local wildlife.
Drive down 6th Avenue for trendy and adventurous eats. Stop by Dirty Oscar’s Annex for breakfast, dinner, and moonshine. Down the street, Asado offers Argentine-American cuisine.
Tacoma’s Museum District includes the Museum of Glass, the Tacoma Art Museum, and the Washington State History Museum. Tacoma is also home to LeMay-America’s Car Museum, the largest car museum in North America.
Proctor District is a quaint, walkable neighborhood with gift shops and upscale clothing boutiques. For national retailers like H&M, Nordstrom, and the Gap, visit Tacoma Mall.