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Tacoma WA Just a bit South of Seattle.

Updated on April 10, 2012

Tacoma Narrows Bridge

There is another small city just south of Seattle that offers visitors and Washingtonians alike a bevy of experiences, depending on your interests.The old city sits on a wonderful view of Commencement Bay where the Port of Tacoma brings ships to the city from far and wide. Located close to the Port, one will find a good choice of restaurants, hotels and experiences even for the most discerning visitor.

One of the nicest variety of experiences in this part of the city is its proximity to cultural events, theater, music, ballet and movies, and art. The Museum of Glass is a fascinating spot to watch glass blowers and walk among some lovely art exhibits. The Chilluly Bridge of Glass is particularly lovely as one walks atop the highway toward to entrance of UW Tacoma and the old Union Station building, which is now renovated for business.

Traveling behind this are many restaurants that offer Pacific fish specialties and/or European bakery delights. Continue down the back streets and you will find the cozy Grand Cinema that houses mostly independent films and occasionally a film discussion after the movie. This theater is renovated and manned by volunteers at the popcorn stand and you can actually get popcorn for a reasonable price!

Other places of note in the area are the nearby casinos such as Emerald Queen Casino that also has musical venues for all tastes. You will find country and rock, pop and humor in a wide offering of choices throughout the year. Close to that area is also the sprawling TacomaDome that houses larger events such as Van Halen, and Rock and Gem shows, Home and RV exhibitions and others.

If you head east to the city of Puyallup, you will find the fairgrounds that offer summer concert series and fair exhibits as well as spring fairs and in the winter: a Victorian Christmas extravaganza. If you head back toward Tacoma after a summer event, make sure you have your swim suit in the car so you and the family can take in the action at the Wild Waves theme park. The kids love cooling off in the many different kinds of water rides offered there.

Heading down toward Ruston you will notice many lovely restaurants to choose from that offer seating outside on the water. Dukes, Katie Downs and RAM are three choices for dining on the water. There is a place where many walk their dogs along the waterside and if you continue into Ruston you will come to Port Defiance Zoo and Park which also has bike and walking paths available for your family outdoor pleasure. You can also take your dogs along the water path there and frequently you will see some of them fetching balls their masters sail into the bay. The view toward Vashon Island is wonderful and the ferry is available should you decide you wish to check the island out by car.

Living near Tacoma was not my intention when moving to the Puget Sound area, but I have been able to find some truly interesting and inspiring places to take in that are not far from my home and offer me the opportunity for multiple experiences. Tacoma, WA is a wonderful place to live and a place to definitely check out if you are in the Seattle area.


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    • Aley Martin profile image

      Alice Lee Martin 6 years ago from Sumner, Washington,USA

      thanks Tom and thanks for putting on the info about sports. I am not a sports fan and know nothing about what Tacoma offers in that regard!

    • Tom Koecke profile image

      Tom Koecke 6 years ago from Tacoma, Washington

      Really nice hub, Aley!

      You could add Chambers Bay Golf Course for those rich enough to take in 18 at a PGA quality course. The Tacoma Rainiers at the recently renovated Cheney Stadium is an inexpensive alternative for watching some good AAA baseball (and future Mariners).

      I love the Emerald Queen for concerts!

      Again, really nice hub about our home town!