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Things to do in Ruston

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Nature
“Point Ruston is Tacoma's newest attraction. It is beautiful with the most jaw dropping view of Mt Rainier rising out of the Puget Sound on clear days. There are restaurants, a Movie Theatre, a beautiful walking path that connects to the Tacoma Waterfront, and a splash pad and playground for the kids. Don't come to Tacoma and miss this gorgeous place!”
  • 8 locals recommend
Place to shop
“Sundays from 10am-3pm from June to September. A rotating selection of fresh, local and seasonal fruits and veggies, honey, meat, jams and cheese, amazing bouquets of flowers as well as some hot food vendors and artists of many kinds. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
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“If you are looking for a sit down pizza place in a great location near the water and shopping and movie theater, this is the place. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Food
“Located in Ruston near Point Defiance, this cute joint is great to grab a cone after a trip to the zoo!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“All ages, I would say probably the best sit down place to grab a burger in town.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Café
“THE cutest coffee shop! But it doesn't end with coffee, the menu is a mile long with great nibbles! Chandeliers and red velvet booth make this one of my favorite on getting together with a close friend/s.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
“The latest watering hole from the owner of Hanks and The Parkway. It's brand new but with the same great staff from the other two places. Again, great beer selection, pub fare, and this one has a great location near Point Defiance Park. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Ruston's favorite Italian restaurant. They have all of your favorites plus a few extra less traditional meals. Open from 11 - 2 for lunch and 5 - 9pm for dinner. Family owned and operated. Definitely worth a try and close to Point Defiance Park if you want to check out both while in the area! ”
  • 1 local recommends
Dive Bar
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“Stop into this dive right down the street on a Friday or Saturday night and you're in for a treat ;)”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“ Locally sourced bison burgers, bison burritos, spuds, and a handful of vegetarian options are the kind of fare that induce envy when they show up at a Point Defiance picnic. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Locality
  • 1 local recommends
Amusement Park

Top restaurants

Bar
“If you are looking for a sit down pizza place in a great location near the water and shopping and movie theater, this is the place. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“All ages, I would say probably the best sit down place to grab a burger in town.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“The latest watering hole from the owner of Hanks and The Parkway. It's brand new but with the same great staff from the other two places. Again, great beer selection, pub fare, and this one has a great location near Point Defiance Park. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Ruston's favorite Italian restaurant. They have all of your favorites plus a few extra less traditional meals. Open from 11 - 2 for lunch and 5 - 9pm for dinner. Family owned and operated. Definitely worth a try and close to Point Defiance Park if you want to check out both while in the area! ”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“ Locally sourced bison burgers, bison burritos, spuds, and a handful of vegetarian options are the kind of fare that induce envy when they show up at a Point Defiance picnic. ”
  • 1 local recommends

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