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.
The ever developing Point Ruston has 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.
Another local favorite is the The Spar Tavern – an iconic brick building perched on the corner of North 30th and McCarver. They have a coffee shop in front, and full seating around back, plus pool tables and live music on the weekends.
Proctor is less than 2 miles. Grab your reusable bag and head to the Proctor District. Step out on a Saturday and head to the Proctor Farmers Market to get all their fresh, locally sourced fruits and veggies. The Farmers Market is running now through December. Find The Metropolitan Market, Safeway, Knapp’s Restaurant, The Blue Mouse Theatre, Peaks & Pints Craft Beer Store, Pomodoro, Europa Bistro, East West, Viva, and Cactus. You can also find locally owned shops for clothing and play, as well as The UPS Store, USPS and The Blue Mouse Theatre. Visit these businesses websites for current hours and reopening info.