The ever developing Point Ruston is just minutes away down the hill and offers shopping & dining & entertainment! WildFin American Grill, Jewel Box Cafe, Farrelli’s Pizza, Stack 571, Ice Cream Social and live music in the summer! Enjoy the popular trail with grandiose views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains with even better views at the top of the Dune Peninsula! 11 acres of landscaped park property on the breakwater peninsula surrounding the Tacoma Yacht Club and connecting to the Point Defiance Park via the Wilson Way Bridge. Be sure to stop by the chutes and ladders style slides for a fun time! The sunsets and views of Mount Rainier will leave you in awe. Just opened to the public - get out and support local businesses at the Public Market. 30,000 sq ft of indoor shopping and dining. Get baked goods, cheese, wine, seafood, chocolate, fresh canned goods, art and toys.
The Ruston Way Waterfront, Tacoma’s beloved waterfront boardwalk that includes playful seal sightings, majestic blue herons, and stunning views of Mount Rainier and moon rises on clear days/nights. Enjoy a cozy weekend brunch at the Lobster Shop - serving up lobster and other seafood dishes. Pick up a casual lunch from Northern Fish and grab a bit of fresh air at the Old Town Dock. Enjoy breathtaking views from the new benches of this restored historic dock, improved lighting, and those arriving by water now have access to two slips that can moor vessels up to 40-feet and 60-feet and low, free-board floats extending off the main dock to accommodate kayakers.
New to Tacoma is the Central Co-op on Pearl Street - you’ll find specialized fresh, organic, and local foods + supplements. They have an amazing meat & seafood selection. If you’re cutting back on household waste, you’ll love their huge bulk section!
There’s no shortage of getting out and about around here - parks galore! 9 minutes away is Point Defiance Park and Zoo. Also home to 5 mile drive running and walking trails, Owen Beach where you can rent kayaks in the summer and the Fort Nisqually Living History Museum – crafts from the past, summer camps and family fun nights! Just don’t forget to stop at the famous Antique Sandwich Company for a homemade sandwich, milkshake or a slice of yummy pie for a picnic in the park or on the beach.
Explore the Mason Gulch - 36 contiguous open space acres located in North Tacoma. Steep, forested slopes surround the wetland/creek complex at the bottom elevations. This area provides many environmental benefits including stormwater management, wildlife habitat, and water quality protection. There’s a few blackberry bushes to get through, but once you make it past that, you’re in for a pleasant walk. Enjoy moss covered basins, birds and the occasional deer.