This Family-Friendly Park In Washington Has A Zoo, Aquarium, Rose Garden, Hiking Trails, And More

Tacoma is one of the Evergreen State’s largest cities, both in population and in size. Still, when you’re there, it’s impossible to miss the massive, sprawling Point Defiance Park in Washington. The park spans 760 acres (to put that in perspective, Central Park’s size is 840 acres), and it has more beauty, views, amenities, and entertainment than any other park in the state. The next time you’re in the area, don’t pass up the chance at a park day.

What’s your favorite thing to see at Point Defiance Park? Feel free to tell us in the comments below — we would love to hear from you! Looking for even more travel inspiration? Be sure to check out our list of the best state parks in Washington. There’s something for everyone on the list!

To catch a virtual glimpse of Point Defiance Park, you can watch the brief footage below:

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Address: Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, 5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407, USA
The OIYS Visitor Center

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May 11, 2023

What are the best state parks to visit in Washington?

Washington is a vast state, filled with seemingly endless landscapes to explore. One of the best ways to get to know the state is by visiting any number of state parks. Curious about which to start with? Below, we've listed out some of the very best state parks to visit in Washington:

  • Pearrygin Lake State Park, Winthrop
  • Joemma Beach State Park, Longbranch
  • Curlew Lake State Park, Republic
  • Steamboat Rock State Park, Electric City
  • Ike Kinswa State Park, Silver Creek
  • Flaming Geyser State Park, Auburn
  • Lake Wenatchee State Park, Leavenworth
  • Dosewallips State Park, Brinnon
  • Conconully State Park, Conconully
  • Potlatch State Park, Shelton
  • Wallace Falls State Park, Goldbar
  • Peshastin Pinnacles State Park, Cashmere
  • Saint Edward State Park, Kenmore
  • Larrabee State Park, Bellingham
  • Steptoe Butte State Park, Colfax


Learn more about what makes each of these Washington state parks so magnificent!

What are the best trails in Washington state?

Hiking opportunities abound in Washington. Yet it can be overwhelming to narrow down the options; there are just so many trails to choose from! Below we've outlined some of our favorite hiking trails in Washington state:

  • Franklin Falls
  • Bowl and Pitcher Loop Trail, Riverside State Park
  • Wallace Falls
  • Hoh Rain Forest Hall of Mosses
  • Faraway Rock via Reflection Lakes, Mt. Rainier National Park
  • Tolmie Peak Trail, Mt. Rainier National Park
  • Little Huckleberry Trail
  • Hurricane Ridge
  • Second Beach
  • Naches Peak Loop Trail
  • Ebey's Landing Trail
  • Gold Creek Trail


Learn more about what makes each of these Washington hikes so spectacular. And, if you're planning an epic hiking adventure, be sure to check out our list of what to bring with you on a hike. It's our Ultimate Packing List!