Visiting Tacoma

Note: Please check current CDC travel guidelines for current Covid-19 travel recommendations and Washington state Covid-19 recommendations and any vaccine requirements spectator events before visiting Tacoma. 

Selected Events and Exhibitions

Stadium High School

One of Tacoma's most famous landmarks. The famous castle-like high school is well-known for being featured in the movie 10 Things I Hate About You. It was originally built as a luxury hotel in 1891 and then rebuild as a high school in 1906, following a fire. Walk around and explore the whole Stadium district where you can find old-style shops and restaurants. 

111 North E Street 
Tacoma, WA 98403
(253) 571-3100

Union Station

What was once the end of the line for the Transcontinental railroad's Northern rail line in 1873, is now a Federal Courthouse. It has more artwork inside than other local museums and galleries, and exhibits the lass work of Dale Chihuly. 

1717 Pacific Avenue 
Tacoma, WA 98412
(253) 863-5173

Union Station 

Foss Waterway Seaport 

This historical seaport is also a heritage museum in the Balfour Dock building that includes several displays, a boat shop, and a dock. This unique museum illustrates the maritime history of the Puget Sound and Tacoma. 

705 Dock St 
Tacoma, WA 98402
(253) 272-2750

Foss Waterway Seaport 

Museum of Glass

Located in Tacoma, Washington, Museum of Glass is a premier contemporary art museum dedicated to glass and glassmaking in the West Coast’s largest and most active museum glass studio. Now in its 19th year, MOG has established a reputation for hosting impactful and engaging artist residencies, organizing and exhibiting nationally traveling exhibitions, and creating unique programs for visitors, all while building a growing permanent collection chronicling the development of modern and contemporary glass.

1801 Dock St
Tacoma, WA 98402
(253) 284-4750

Museum of Glass

LeMay - America's Car Museum

Located near the Tacoma Dome, this museum is relatively new as it was opened in 2012. It holds a 350-car display from the original owner, Harold LeMay, and his family. The museum also includes educational lecture halls, an event room, a café, gift shop, and restoration shops. 

2702 E D St
Tacoma, WA 98421
(253) 779-8490

LeMay

Tacoma Art Museum 

TAM is known for its unique incorporation of the Pacific Northwest. It contains more than 5,000 art pieces, with about 3,800 of these pieces specifically focusing on the art and artists of the PNW. It holds the largest glass art collection by Dale Chihuly, as well a collection of jewelry by Northwest artists. 

1701 Pacific Ave
Tacoma, WA 98402
(253) 272-4258

Tacoma Art Museum 

Ruston Way Waterfront 

Connecting downtown Tacoma to Point Defiance, this coastal road offers a 2 mile stretch of paved walking trail and scenic views of the South Puget Sound. With Mount Rainier to the West, the Olympic Mountain Range to the East and Commencement Bay, there's no better place to see seals playing in the surf or take an after-dinner stroll.

4020 Ruston Way 
Tacoma, WA 98407

Ruston Way Waterfront 

Point Defiance Park 

This 760-gem acre gem is an urban oasis within the city of Tacoma. Discover the many attractions found here, including the zoo & aquarium, rose garden, and the marina. 

5400 N Pearl St 3801
Tacoma, WA 98407
(253) 305-1000

Point Defiance Park 

W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory  

Located inside of Wright Park, this domed conservatory is one of three public Victorian-style conservatories on the West Coast. It is well known for its historical glass architecture and has been featured in the City of Tacoma, WA State, and National Historic registers. The conservatory displays a variety of tropical plants and florals. 

Tacoma, WA 98405
(253) 404-3975

W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory

Wright Park 

This public park is a total of 27-acres. It includes the W.W Seymour Botanical Conservatory, a playground, trails, picnic spots, basketball, lawn bowling, a duck pond, and more. Wright Parks serves as a model of urban sustainability and has played a role in the ongoing fight for justice and civil rights in Tacoma, having hosted numerous rallies and marches. 

501 South I St.
Tacoma, WA 98405

Wright Park 

The Lobster Shop

Located at Ruston Way Waterfront, this restaurant serves local lobster and seafood from the Pacific Northwest. Enjoy dinner while overlooking the Commencement Bay and take in the views of Mount Rainer and the Olympic Mountain Range. 

4015 Ruston Way
Tacoma, WA  98402
(253) 759-2165

The Lobster Shop

Duke's Seafood

Duke's Seafood Restaurant and Bar is known for their 100% sustainable seafood and their 4-award winning chowders. Dine at any of their seven locations around Puget Sound, including Ruston Way.

3327 Ruston Way
Tacoma, WA  98402
(253) 752-5444

Duke's Seafood  

Indochine Asian Dining Lounge  

Indochine is an Asian fusion restaurant and lounge. It serves combined flavors of Thailand, China, India, Japan and Vietnam dishes. While guests delight in their meals they can also take in the interior art of the restaurant, filled with a variety of textures that are architecturally assembled together. 

1924 Pacific Ave
Tacoma, WA 98407
(206) 624-1890

Indochine

Waffle Stop 

Opened in 2017, Waffle Stop is a family-owned restaurant that is serves only breakfast and lunch foods. All the food is locally sourced and made from scratch. 

2710 N Proctor St
Tacoma, WA 98407
(253) 237-7476

Waffle Stop

Legendary Doughnuts 

Legendary Doughnuts provides a variety of pastries, cakes, donuts, sandwiches, and more. All items are made daily from scratch. 

2602 6th Ave
Tacoma, WA 98406
(253) 327-1327

Legendary Doughnuts 

Dancing Goats Coffee Bar 

Dancing Goats is known for their sustainability and for being the first coffee roaster in the United States to go 100% green-powered. All cups and lids served are compostable. With 30 years of experience, this company has connections to some of the finest beans in the world. 

2102 Commerce Street
Tacoma, WA 98402
(253) 292-1530

Dancing Goats 

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