Stuck in town this summer and need something to do?

July 5, 2008

Point Defiance ParkImage via Wikipedia

Some of us won’t be traveling away this summer, and others have guests coming to visit.  Need ideas to keep you busy?

The Travel Tacoma website has a list of 100 things you can do in your own back yard.  They also have a visitors guide you can download.  Go check them out!

Here is their list:

100 Things to Do in Your Own Backyard –


  1. Explore Tacoma’s Museum District on a Wednesday – see all three museums for discounted price!
  2. Watch artisans create with molten glass in the Museum of Glass’ Hot Shop.
  3. View fine art in permanent and traveling exhibits at the Tacoma Art Museum.
  4. Discover Washington’s fascinating heritage at the Washington State History Museum.
  5. Marvel at the glass art on the 500-foot long, pedestrian-only Chihuly Bridge of Glass.
  6. View more of Dale Chihuly‘s glass art in historic Union Station – for free.
  7. Save the third Thursday every month for the Art Walk in downtown Tacoma.
  8. Ride the free Tacoma Link light rail between the Tacoma Dome and Theater District.
  9. Take in a play, ballet or concert at the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts.
  10. Phone for a tour of the 1918 Pantages Theater, modeled after Louis XIV’s opera house in Versailles.
  11. Listen to the Tacoma Youth Symphony & Northwest Sinfonietta chamber orchestra at Rialto Theater.
  12. Browse Tacoma’s Antique Row for waiting-to-be discovered treasures.
  13. Discover downtown Tacoma’s historic architecture and photogenic facades.
  14. Find the many salmon sculptures – each decorated quite differently!
  15. Explore the latest exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Tacoma.
  16. Stroll through Wright Park – and perhaps try lawn bowling.
  17. Explore the lush tropical displays at the W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory at Wright Park.
  18. Experience history through remarkable documents on display at Karpeles Manuscript Museum.
  19. See 400 vintage vehicles in Harold LeMay‘s incredible collection at Marymount.
  20. See the 85-foot totem pole in Fireman’s Park and enjoy a 180-degree view of Commencement Bay.
  21. Discover Tacoma’s maritime past at the Working Waterfront Museum.
  22. Visit Freighthouse Square, an eclectic mix of shops and eateries in a renovated railroad warehouse.
  23. Climb the Port of Tacoma’s Observation Deck and watch cargo ships being loaded.
  24. Ask the Port for a “stack” chart and identify different types of big ships.
  25. Bring your binoculars to bird-watch along the Gog-Le-hi-Te wetland and trail.
  26. Enjoy a meal on the deck of a Ruston Way waterfront restaurant and watch boats cruise by.
  27. Walk, rollerblade or cycle along the two-mile Ruston Way promenade.
  28. Kayak along Commencement Bay
  29. Visit Tacoma’s historic Proctor District for great restaurants and shops.
  30. Learn the story of Tacoma’s founder at the Job Carr Cabin Museum in Old Town.
  31. Listen to jazz, check out a microbrewery and try a new restaurant in the Sixth Ave. District.
  32. Tickle your taste buds with Asian cuisine in the Lincoln International District.
  33. Visit the 1887 Brown’s Point Lighthouse – you can even be the lighthouse keeper for a week!
  34. Take the kids to the Tacoma Nature Center and hike around Snake Lake.
  35. Visit Point Defiance Zoo‘s rare Sumatran tigers in its Asian Forest Sanctuary.
  36. Watch animals display typical behavior and learn why at the zoo’s Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater.
  37. Explore Point Defiance Park‘s Japanese Garden, Rose Garden and other specialty gardens.
  38. Step back in time to 1855 at the Fort Nisqually Living History Museum.
  39. Ride a vintage train at Camp 6 Logging Exhibit in Point Defiance Park.
  40. Bicycle Five-mile Drive in Point Defiance Park.
  41. Rent a boat at the Point Defiance Boathouse.
  42. Ride the ferry between Point Defiance Park and Vashon Island.
  43. Walk along Titlow Beach at sunset for a dramatic view of the Tacoma Narrows
  44. Play 18 holes at the new Scottish links-style Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place.
  45. Ask for a tour of the Tacoma Dome – the world’s largest wood-domed arena.
  46. Enjoy baseball when the Tacoma Rainiers play at Cheney Stadium.
  47. Visit your favorite Farmers’ Market.
  48. Swim or do laps in the saltwater, 112,000-gallon pool at the City of Fife Swim Center.
  49. Score great bargains – ranging from sports apparel to chocolate – at Fife’s outlet stores.
  50. Learn about the city’s heritage at the Fife Historical Society Museum.
  51. Try your luck at the Emerald Queen Casino, owned by the Puyallup Tribe.
  52. Picnic in Puyallup’s Pioneer Park and enjoy its Arts Downtown Outdoor Gallery of sculptures.
  53. Tour the 1890, 17-room Victorian mansion built by Puyallup’s founder, Ezra Meeker.
  54. Browse Puyallup’s Antique District with 400 dealers in 20 locations.
  55. “Do the Puyallup” every September – and the Puyallup Spring Fair, too.
  56. Stroll through dazzling spring bulb displays at Windmill Gardens and Van Lierop Bulb Farm.
  57. Tour Sumner’s historic Ryan House, built in 1875.
  58. Shop intriguing boutiques in the picturesque community of Gig Harbor.
  59. Learn about the town’s Scandinavian/Croatian heritage at the Gig Harbor Historical Museum.
  60. Tour the Minter Creek Salmon Hatchery near Gig Harbor.
  61. Take a short hike through Penrose State Park overlooking Henderson Bay.
  62. Collect sand dollars at Kopachuck State Park’s saltwater beach.
  63. Explore scenic Fox Island and its historical museum.
  64. Admire the Anastasia tulips and rare blue poppies at Lakewold Gardens.
  65. See one of the largest rhododendron and Japanese maple collections in the NW at Lakewold.
  66. Sip an old-fashioned milkshake at the Blair Drug & Hardware store in Steilacoom.
  67. Find date plaques on the historic homes in Steilacoom – the entire town is on the National Register.
  68. Visit the Steilacoom Historical Museum and 1857 Nathaniel Orr Home.
  69. Learn about the area’s original inhabitants at the Steilacoom Tribal Museum.
  70. Take the Pierce County ferry to Anderson Island and see the historic 1912 Johnson Farm.
  71. Visit Fort Lewis Military Museum and learn army history from 1803 (Lewis & Clark) to today.
  72. Discover the story of a former “company town” at the DuPont Historical Society Museum.
  73. Bet on the race horses at Emerald Downs.
  74. Meander through the Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection.
  75. Take a swim or go boating in Lake Spanaway or Lake Tapps.
  76. Experience genuine Old West flavor at the Roy Rodeo with bucking broncos, bull-riding, calf-roping.
  77. Take Northwest Trek’s naturalist-guided tram tour and see free-roaming herds of native wildlife.
  78. Let your kids experience 1880’s homestead life at Pioneer Farm Museum and Ohop Indian Village.
  79. Relax around the campground at Alder Lake Park near Eatonville.
  80. Discover Elbe’s 1906 Evangelische Lutheran Kirche, the smallest church in the U.S. (24 feet x18 feet)
  81. Ride the steam-powered Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad 14 miles between Elbe and Mineral Lake.
  82. Treat yourself to a getaway at a cozy B&B in Ashford near Mount Rainier’s Nisqually entrance.
  83. Encounter Buckley’s heritage in its historic buildings and at the Foothills Historical Society Museum.
  84. Explore the “rails to trails” portions of the Foothills Trail on foot or bicycle.
  85. Visit Chase Gardens in Orting, a classic Pacific Northwest-style garden recognized by the Garden Conservancy.
  86. Pause for a picnic in scenic areas of Wilkeson, Carbonado and Mowich Lake.
  87. Drive State Highway 410, the only road in Washington to be designated a National Scenic Byway.
  88. Ski downhill at Crystal Mountain Resort, the Northwest’s highest, most challenging ski area.
  89. Ride the chairlift up Crystal Mountain to 7,000 feet for spectacular views winter or summer.
  90. Backpack or cross-country ski from hut to hut on the Mt. Tahoma Trails system.
  91. Take in breathtaking vistas on your drive to Mount Rainer, fourth highest peak in the U.S.
  92. Marvel at Mount Rainier’s 35-square mile ice cap and 26 major glaciers.
  93. Enjoy visitor facilities at Paradise (5,500 feet), Sunrise (6,400 feet) and Longmire (2,760 feet).
  94. Explore Paradise’s Jackson Visitor Center to see fascinating exhibits on “The Mountain.”
  95. Learn about native flora and fauna and area geology at the small Longmire Museum.
  96. Hike some of the 210 miles of trails and look for the 34 waterfalls and 62 lakes in the park.
  97. View over 700 species of flowering plants, alpine wildflowers and 600-year old trees.
  98. Watch for more than 130 species of birds and 50 species of wild animals.
  99. Go snowshoeing or cross-country skiing at Longmire – far into the spring.

  100. Camp overnight at one of the national park campgrounds.

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3 Responses to “Stuck in town this summer and need something to do?”

  1. richardblog111 Says:


  2. How often do you yourself Rollerblade or do you just write about it?

    Can I ask though – how did you get this picked up and into google news?

    Very impressive that this blog is syndicated through Google and is it something that is just up to Google or you actively created?

    Obviously this is a popular blog with great data so well done on your seo success..

    Rollerblading greats you should write about next.

  3. I have Rollerbladed in my time, but not in years! This list is courtesy of Travel Tacoma. They are the ones with the brilliant ideas!

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