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Things to do in Tacoma

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.
Art Museum
“Do you love art? Then this awesome museum of glass is something that you will really enjoy.”
  • 111 locals recommend
Zoo
“Situated on 29 acres in Tacoma's Point Defiance Park, the zoo and aquarium are home to over 500 animals. ”
  • 105 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Rotating collections focusing on the Northwest and the broader region. Admission is free every day for military and their families, and if you happen to be in town on the third Thursday of the month, admission is free for everyone from 5-8pm.”
  • 42 locals recommend
Museum
“4-story museum on an 8-acre campus displaying cars, trucks & motorcycles in historic & tech exhibits. Even if you aren't a "car person", this is still a wonderful place to spend part of a day at. ”
  • 60 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“The Tacoma mall is our local mall and it has all the common stores and great food!”
  • 18 locals recommend
Park
“Beautiful park to wander in, especially with the autumn leaves. 27 acre park filled with old growth trees, pond and a wonderful playground and splash pad. Don't miss the botanical conservatory!”
  • 49 locals recommend
History Museum
“Great place to learn about Washington State's history. Tacoma has a bunch of great museums!”
  • 26 locals recommend
Route
“There is a fun little ice cream place just off the dock! Walking Ruston Way is gorgeous and lively! It is on the sound with great views of the Puget sound. Ferry, gardens, rent bikes, movies, restaurants, gym, italian gilato and dessert cafe, pizza, coffee chop and more!”
  • 38 locals recommend
Indie Cinema
“We love Grand Cinema! It is an independent movie theater run by local volunteers. On Tuesdays they have special runs of independent movies, Saturday’s have films for families, and they have a weird movie night on Saturdays (late at night). They serve the most delicious popcorn with real butter, ice cold beer, and are always super nice. ”
  • 40 locals recommend
Music Venue
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“Jazzbones is an iconic Tacoma nightspot, featuring amazing local talent, live music and good vibes. Enjoy dinner on the Ave before a show. Ask us about our favorite eats on the Ave.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Stadium
“The Historic Tacoma Dome is a fabulous place to see some of the area's largest shows. Recently remodeled, this is a piece of Tacoma and Washington State history.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Good coffee and lots of seating, a short 12 minutes walk away. Pastries and donuts also available.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Restaurant
“dirtyoscarsannex.com 21+ ONLY - NO MINORS. Handcrafted moonshine cocktails, gourmet American food and a friendly bar setting make the perfect combination at Dirty Oscar’s Annex in Tacoma, WA. We have an amazing culinary team that serves innovative New American cuisine as well as American favorites. Whether you go for a Down & Dirty Cheeseburger, Tasso Tacos or Chicken & Waffle, your food will be prepared with care and the highest quality ingredients. We were voted "Best Bar Food" in Tacoma by the Weekly Volcano. We give the same attention to detail when making great craft libations ranging from a Moonshine Mule to our own Oscar Punch! We also offer every whiskey & scotch on our shelves for only $5 on Wednesday! Experience New American food and cocktails like never before at Dirty Oscar’s Annex. We are quickly becoming the best happy hour in Tacoma. Our lunch and dinner menus are available every day and breakfast is served Friday-Sunday. We offer a 10% military discount daily until 10PM.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Burger Restaurant
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“If you are looking for burger, fries and a milke shake in a casual setting, this place is for you! With over 20 milk shake flavors, you can't go wrong.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“I crave the Matador on cold winter days. Not just the Mexican style food that get's your blood pumping! But also the dime lights, fire by the bar where friends gather and delicious margarita on the rocks. Their selection of tequila is also impressive and will keep you warm. 😉 A fun date night location and happening spot on Friday and Saturday night. ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Hot Dog Restaurant
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“Craft beer, craft hotdogs, and delicious house-made sausages. 30 rotating tap handles. Bonus: breakfast on the weekends starting at 9am.”
  • 33 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Music Venue
“Jazzbones is an iconic Tacoma nightspot, featuring amazing local talent, live music and good vibes. Enjoy dinner on the Ave before a show. Ask us about our favorite eats on the Ave.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Restaurant
“dirtyoscarsannex.com 21+ ONLY - NO MINORS. Handcrafted moonshine cocktails, gourmet American food and a friendly bar setting make the perfect combination at Dirty Oscar’s Annex in Tacoma, WA. We have an amazing culinary team that serves innovative New American cuisine as well as American favorites. Whether you go for a Down & Dirty Cheeseburger, Tasso Tacos or Chicken & Waffle, your food will be prepared with care and the highest quality ingredients. We were voted "Best Bar Food" in Tacoma by the Weekly Volcano. We give the same attention to detail when making great craft libations ranging from a Moonshine Mule to our own Oscar Punch! We also offer every whiskey & scotch on our shelves for only $5 on Wednesday! Experience New American food and cocktails like never before at Dirty Oscar’s Annex. We are quickly becoming the best happy hour in Tacoma. Our lunch and dinner menus are available every day and breakfast is served Friday-Sunday. We offer a 10% military discount daily until 10PM.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Burger Restaurant
“If you are looking for burger, fries and a milke shake in a casual setting, this place is for you! With over 20 milk shake flavors, you can't go wrong.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“I crave the Matador on cold winter days. Not just the Mexican style food that get's your blood pumping! But also the dime lights, fire by the bar where friends gather and delicious margarita on the rocks. Their selection of tequila is also impressive and will keep you warm. 😉 A fun date night location and happening spot on Friday and Saturday night. ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Argentinian Restaurant
“Argentinian steakhouse. Great Happy Hour. Washington it’s about the food as much as the cocktails. asadotacoma.com”
  • 28 locals recommend
Bar
“Good food and lots of entertainment options. They usually have bands on the weekends.”
  • 14 locals recommend
German Restaurant
“rheinhaustacoma.com Opened in February of 2017, Rhein Haus Tacoma's Stadium District's restored 13,000 sq. ft. historic space, featuring inspired décor sourced from around the world, features four indoor bocce ball courts, floor-to-ceiling windows with views of Wright Park, and a large outdoor patio. German fare—house-made sausages and pretzels—are accompanied by 24 drafts featuring both European and Northwestern beers. In addition to the main dining room, two full bars, an intimate fire place, a 9 hole German themed putt putt course and two indoor bocce ball courts provide a space for groups of all sizes. An outdoor biergarten offers cozy patio seating with fireplace. Bocce ball courts are available to rent by the hour and in conjunction with event space rentals.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Bar
“Local watering hole. Great craft beer selection and bar food. Open until 2am. ”
  • 24 locals recommend

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