The Titlow Beach Marine Preserve - home to Titlow Park which is perfect for the most incredible views of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, evening walks along the 1.3 mile beach front and forest route and some splendid sunsets. This is also a haven for kayakers for an easy launch and if you’re lucky, you’ll get to see some playful seals and occasional orca pods. The newly installed Titlow Park Sprayground is a summertime favorite to splash, play or cool off and is free to use! If you’re looking for a place to grab a bite to eat, you can dine in or get a to go box of some delicious halibut fish and chips from Steamer’s Seafood Cafe. Locals are also a fan of the Beach Tavern for their comfort bar food, beers on tap and sports viewing.
If you’d like some of the most highly rated donuts in town to go with your morning coffee, then make a trip to Pao’s Donut and Coffee Shop. They have giant raised cinnamon glazed rolls that are bigger than an adults hand (good for sharing), varieties of scones, get a bag of donut holes at just $1 for 10, classics like a maple bar, chocolate bar, cinnamon cake, powdered, raspberry and lemon filled, nuts, sprinkles, apple fritter, and many more! Whatever your heart and stomach desires, Pao’s probably has it! Insiders Tip - get there early to get your favorites, they sell out fast - cash only.
Popular amongst avid bike riders, runners and walkers, the five mile Scott Pierson Trail is less than a mile away. This trail runs parallel to State Route 16, and has breathtaking views of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and the Puget Sound. You can find it off North Pearl Street, under the overpass of WA-16, before North 9th Street.
Just 5 minutes away from the The University Place Town Center where you can shop at Whole Foods, get coffee and more at Anthem Coffee & Tea, Top Pot Doughnuts, check out 80,000 books, movies, audiobooks and more at the University Place Library, grab small batch ice cream at Bliss Ice Cream, get wraps and subs at Jersey Mike’s Subs, Pure Barre, Orange Theory Fitness and MOD Pizza.
You’ll also find the Green Firs Towne Center just a few minutes away too - Safeway, Starbucks, Sapporo Japanese Steakhouse, Home Goods, Trader Joe’s, Mud Bay, Gyro Zone and Fresh Rolls, Soggy Doggy and the Hand & Stone Massage Spa.