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Explore Tacoma

A true hub for art and adventure, Tacoma offers a myriad of memories to make. From Museum Row and Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium to restaurants on the Sound and escapes to nature in the Mount Rainier National Park, your photo album will be full of one-of-a-kind moments by the end of your stay. Scroll through our guide below for inspiring recommendations.

As you plan future trips, please double check with the featured businesses' websites as, given safety measures in place and state regulations, hours and operations may be affected.

Eat

RESTAURANTS

Wooden City Tacoma

Address: 714 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma Wa 98402

Enjoy creative drinks, comforting American Cuisine & Tacoma hospitality.

Over the Moon Cafe

Address: 709 Opera Alley, Tacoma WA 98402

Northwest cuisine, including wild salmon and Black Angus steak, served in a romantic space.

Asado

Address: 2810 6th Avenue, Tacoma, WA 

This Argentine-themed steakhouse offers fabulous flavors of the country using the freshest ingredients from the Northwest. 

En Rama

Address: 1102 A Street #220, Tacoma WA 98402

Cozy eatery serving home-made pasta, cheeseburgers, weird wine, & fancy cocktails.

Indo Asian Street Eatery

Address: 110 N. Tacoma Avenu Suite A, Tacoma, Wa 98403

Hip, rustic-chic spot for Southeast Asian fare ranging from dumplings & curry to pad Thai & banh mi. 

Red StarTaco Bar

Address: 454 St. Helens Ave, Tacoma WA 98402

Crafty twists on tacos & plenty of cocktails in a vibrant Mexican spot with a late-night happy hour.

The Table

Address: 2715 6th Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98406

Contemporary bistro featuring locally sourced New American fare in a convivial, cozy setting.

Shake Shake Shake

Address: 124 N. Tacoma Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98403

Old-time American burgers, fries & shakes in an inviting, retro-vibes space.

SWEETS

Ice Cream Social

Address: 1110 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Tacoma, WA   98405 

Mouthwatering, handcrafted ice cream made from natural ingredients.

Hello Cupcake

Address: 1740 Pacific Ave, Tacoma WA 98402

Cupcakes in an array of flavors, from vanilla to raspberry lemonade, served amid playful decor.

Corina Bakery

Address: 602 Fawcett Ave, Tacoma Wa 98402

Cozy bakery crafting sweet & savory treats ranging from cookies to quiche. Plus, espresso drinks & custom cakes.

Drink

BARS

McMenamins Elk Temple

Address: 565 Broadway Tacoma, WA 98402

The 1916 Elks Temple has been restored and reimagined into a vibrant gathering place where visitors can stay, drink, eat and explore.

E9 Brewry Co & Taproom

Address: 2506 Fawcett Ave, Tacoma WA 98402

Grab a pint or 3 at Tacoma's first craft brewery.

Devils Reef

Address: 706 Court C, Tacoma, WA 98102

Get your sea vibes on at this ocean themed  rum bar open Friday and Saturday for dine in and take out.

7 Seas Brewery& Taproom

Address: 2101 Jefferson Ave, Tacoma WA 98402

A Pacific Northwest Craft Brewery with a big passion to brew the perfect pint. 

1022 South J

Address: 1022 S. J street, Tacoma 98405

Cozy, speakeasy-style nook spotlighting creative cocktails & eclectic dishes. 

The Social Bar & Grill

Address: 1715 Dock St, Tacoma, WA 98402

Roomy New American eatery with an industrial interior & popping patio stocked with fire pits.

WINE & LIQUOR STORES

Stadium Thriftway

Address: 618 N. 1st Street, Tacoma, WA 98403

Groceries and a varied beer & wine selection. 

COFFEE SHOPS

Art House Cafe

Address: 111 N. Tacoma Avenue, Tacoma WA 98403

Colorful cafe open breakfast through dinner with a Pacific Northwest focus, plus wine & cocktails.

The Patio at Alma Mater

Address: 1322 Fawcett Avenue, Tacoma 98402

All-day multi-purpose venue with internationally-inspired café fare in a rustic setting .

Starbucks 

Address: 1748 Pacific Avenu, Tacoma, Wa 98402

An international classic that can satisfy all your caffeinated needs.

Do

OUTDOORS

Point Defiance Park

Address: 5400 N. Peark St, Tacoma, WA 98407

The park includes everything from Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, the Rose Garden, Rhododendron Garden and beaches to trails, a boardwalk, and boathouse. 

Ruston Way Waterfront Parks

Address: Ruston Way, Tacoma WA 98402 

A two-mile-long scenic waterfront with panoramic views of Commencement Bay.

W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory & Wright Park

Address: 316 South G St, Tacoma 98405

Wander through exotic tropical plants and seasonal floral displays. 

Tacoma Chinese Reconciliation Park

Address: 1741 N. Schuster Parkway, Tacoma 9840

Designed around the backdrop of a Chinese garden and intended as a place of healing and harmony, the park allows visitors to walk along the interpretive pathways through the sculptured landscape. 

ACTIVITIES

Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium

Address: 5400 N. Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407 

The ultimate zoo, aquarium, and botanical garden combo.

Gig Harbor Gondola Rides

Address: 3117 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Board on an authentic gondola shipped from Venice as you fly over the town's beautiful harbor.

Pacific Parasail

Address: 3001 Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA 98402

Experience the quiet, peaceful beauty of the South Puget Sound at altitudes that rival the Space Needle. 

Tacoma Glassblowing Studio

Address: 114 S. 23rd St. Tacoma, WA 98402

An art studio that offers glassblowing classes and workshops so you can create your own hand blown glass art and fused glass jewelry.

Tacoma Art Museum

Address: 1701 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma Wa 98402

Experience an array of one-of-a-kind exhibits in downtown Tacoma.

Museum of Glass

Address: 1801 Dock Street, Tacoma, WA 98402

See live glassblowing demonstrations, dynamic exhibitions, and make your own glass experience all in one place.

Lemay - America's Car Museum

Address: 2702 E. D street, Tacoma, WA 98421

An international desitnation that celebrates Ameria's love affair with the audomobile and how it shaped our society. 

Washington State History Museum

Address: 1911 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402

Discover the stories of Washington's past. Explore and be entertained while you learn about our state's unique people and places. 

Children's Museum of Tacoma

Address: 1501 Pacific Avenue, Suite 202, Tacoma 98402

A wonderland of 5 playscapes offering hands-on exploration designed to entertain & educate children.

Foss Waterway Seaport

Address: 705 Dock Street, Tacoma, WA 98402

The Foss Waterway Seaport is Puget Sound’s maritime heritage education and event center. 

Tacoma Comedy Club

Address: 933 Market St, Tacoma, WA 98402

Lively club presenting touring comedians & open-mike nights, plus a full food & drink menu.

MUSIC

Jazz Bones

Address: 2803 6th Ave, Tacoma WA 98406

A groovy restaurant & nightclub with comedy, jazz, and more. 

Pantages Theater

Address: 901 Broadway Plaza, Tacoma WA 98402

Built as a vaudeville theater in 1915, this venue now hosts musicals, live music & comedy. 

HEALTH & SAFETY

If you are having a medical emergency, please dial 911 immediately. 

Franciscan Prompt Care at St. Joseph 

1812 S. J. St, Tacoma WA 98405

Multicare Indigo Urgent Care

5058 Main Street, Suite 100, Tacoma WA 98408

Walgreens Pharmacy 

2024 6th Ave, Tacoma WA 98403

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