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Exploring And Hiking In Point Defiance Park, Tacoma, WA

As I wrote in my previous post, Tacoma’s waterfront, from Schuster pkwy to Ruston Way is considered to be Tacoma’s version of Seattle’s Alki Beach. This place is very popular among fitness and outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you enjoy jogging, biking, longboarding, scuba diving, kayaking, paddleboarding, parasailing, boating, or just want to go on a nice sunny motorcycle ride, Tacoma waterfront is the place to go all year round!

Just a couple miles away, Point Defiance Park is another famous local landmark. Home to Tacoma's zoo and aquarium, the park is also a huge playground for fitness buffs and outdoor freaks. 

It was here at Owen Beach where I first got to try SUPing/paddleboarding. In fall, it's a great place to explore in your kayak or on a paddleboard to see the wild life and enjoy the beautiful scenery. 

Every Saturday and Sunday, park's  Five Mile Drive road is closed to vehicle traffic so visitors may run, walk, bicycle, or ride a longboard along the scenic route.

Though no trails for mountain biking, hiking/trail running is very popular on park's many well marked trails and loops.

On a nice sunny November afternoon we enjoyed taking a leisure walk around the park, and went for a short hiking adventure to the clay cliffs of the park.

If you're visiting our beautiful state, and find yourself on the South end  ( S.King/Pierce County/Tacoma ), and looking for things to do and to see, Point Defiance Park is a great place to enjoy for the whole family !

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