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Tacoma, Washington? You'll Be Surprised!

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A June 2007 trip to Tacoma by Koala_D

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium Photo, Tacoma, Washington More Photos
Quote: Tacoma... the OTHER city near Sea-Tac Airport! You will be amazed at how many interesting and fun things Tacoma has to offer!

Tacoma, Washington? You'll Be Surprised!

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Overview

TACOMA NARROWS Photo, Tacoma, Washington
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Most visitors getting off the plane at Sea-Tac Airport never see this city...but head straight for Seattle, 30 miles north!Tacoma’s birthplace is the Old Town District, where it was founded in 1864.Bordering Old Town is the Ruston Way Waterfront, a 2-mile promenade perfect for jogging, biking, or simply enjoying an unobstructed view of Commencement Bay and Puget Sound. Ruston Way also boasts "Restaurant Row" with waterfront dining ranging from casual to upscale. Located in downtown Tacoma, Wright Park boasts an unusual collection of mature trees from around the world and the W. W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory, a 1908 Victorian conservatory featuring 500 species of...Read More

Meconi’s Pub & Eatery

Restaurant | "Meconi's...Great Food, and Lots of It!"

Meconi’s Pub & Eatery Photo, Tacoma, Washington
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Located right downtown in the oldest building on one of the city’s oldest blocks is a local Tacoma pub which boasts a true Tacoma atmosphere—part working class grit and part unabashed optimism for the future. Oh, and the food and drinks are pretty good, too. (Must be 21, no minors allowed.) I was with a group of 10 ladies... looking for a new place to eat lunch. We had picked a restaurant, and were dismayed to find it closed on Thursday! We then wandered from one restaurant to another, and couldn't find any that pleased the entire group. Meconi's was the last one after searching for many blocks.... so we reluctantly entered. "pub" was not what we were looking for... just good fo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 25, 2008

Meconi’s Pub & Eatery
709 Pacific Ave.
Tacoma, Washington 98402
(253) 383-3388

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

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Attraction | "Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium"

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium Photo, Tacoma, Washington
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I love this zoo!It continues to grow, and recently has built some new natural settings for the animals. Also, a second beluga whale named Qannick was just acquired. This zoo is large enough (29 acres) to offer many different animals for viewing, but is small enough to let you get close to them. It is the only combined zoo and aquarium in the Northwest. Peacocks roam freely, and I always encounter at least one with his magnificent tail spread wide...and posing for pictures. Other favorites of mine are the otters...I love watching them playing and rolling in the water. The polar bears are also entertaining, and you will often see them playing ball. Both the otters and the...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 8, 2007

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
5400 N Pearl Street
Tacoma, Washington 98407
(253) 591-5337

Museum of Glass

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Museum of Glass Photo, Tacoma, Washington
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Home to the famous Chihuly Bridge of Glass!Before you even enter this museum you will be walking through the Chihuly "Bridge of Glass," a 500-foot long pedestrian overpass. It isn't very long, but you can stand there gazing up at the many artworks in the ceiling for quite some time. This "Seaform Pavilion" is a ceiling made of 2,364 objects from Chihuly's Seaform and Persian series. As visitors walk through, they experience a seemingly underwater world of glass shapes and forms a few feet above their heads. It is illuminated at night.Continuing on, you approach the 40-foot high Crystal Towers, which mark the center of the bridge. The 63 large crystals in each tower are hollow, ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 8, 2007

Museum of Glass
1801 Dock St.
Tacoma, Washington
(253) 284-4750

Washington State History Museum

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Attraction | "Washington State History Museum - Interesting...and Fun!"

Museum of Glass Photo, Tacoma, Washington
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A great place to visit.... both adults and children will enjoy this museum !! Through interactive exhibits, theatrical storytelling, high-tech displays, and dramatic artifacts.... learn about Washington state's unique people and places, as well as their impact on the country and the world. The building itself is an architectural masterpiece designed by Charles Moore and Arthur Andersson. The 106,000 square foot museum building boasts soaring spaces and dramatic archways that invite you into a history experience full of colors, textures, sights, and sounds. It is a beautiful building ! In the Great Hall you can take a video trip down the Columbia in the three-screen Colu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 25, 2008

Washington State History Museum
1911 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, Washington 98402
(888) 238-4373