Explore Tacoma’s Parks

Explore Tacoma’s Parks

Metro Parks Tacoma is among the elite nationally-accredited park systems in the United States. From large regional events to world-class zoos, local parks and pools, historic facilities, sports and classes, there is something there for everyone. Find your favorite places to explore and escape.

2024 Special Events

June 1-2 Point Defiance Flower & Garden Festival at Point Defiance Park

July 4 Tacoma’s 4th of July Summer Blast at Dune Peninsula and Ruston Way

July 27-28 MOSAIC: Tacoma’s Arts and Culture Festival at Wright Park

Neighborhood and Community Parks

Tacoma’s 65 parks provide places for self-directed leisure opportunities. They feature Explore Tacoma’s Parks playgrounds, spray grounds, sport courts, skate parks, off-leash areas, fields and more.

Regional Parks

Regional Parks provide visitors with access to unique features and attractions that bring people from the greater South Sound area and beyond. Point Defiance Park, Ruston Way Waterfront and Swan Creek Park attract visitors from near and far with their unique appeal.


For folks who like a little more structure and an experience that suits their specific interests, Metro Parks Tacoma operates a conservatory, museum, nature center, marina, and golf course.


Programming is designed for everyone from tiny humans to the most experienced neighbors in our community. Instructor-led activities include swim lessons, sports, cooking, art, dance, specialized and adaptive recreation, childcare and out-of-school-time activities and much more.

Community Centers

Tacoma has four community centers: Center at Norpoint, Eastside Community Center, People’s Community Center, and STAR Center. Each center provides access to gathering spaces, classes, play, and learning for all ages.

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