Whether you’re looking to take in a game or cool off with a trip down a waterslide, Pierce County offers a variety of recreational opportunities.
Pierce County is a popular destination with top-notch golf courses ideally situated along saltwater shores. Picturesque courses make golf enjoyable for both competitors and spectators. Play championship courses at University Place’s 18-hole Chambers Bay and the top-rated The Home Course in DuPont. Practice your swing at Meadow Park in Tacoma. The course includes an 18-hole championship course, the executive nine-hole course, two putting courses and a driving range. For a full list of public and private courses in the region and throughout the state of Washington, visit https://thewsga.org/membership-home/course-directory.
25001 Sumner-Buckley Highway
Buckley, WA 98321 253-862-2848
What started as a humble and quaint pumpkin patch has sprouted into a full-fledged agricultural entertainment destination for thousands of Pierce County families. It serves patrons of all ages who seek the thrill of navigating their way through the 5-acre corn maze, searching for and finding that perfect pumpkin in the 8-acre pumpkin patch or braving the infamous Haunted Woods in October. There are plenty of food options, scenic hayrides around the pumpkin patch and an animal barn full of goats, sheep, rabbits, chickens and pigs. In addition, there are live pig and duck races, the kids’ courtyard, a huge jumping pillow, monster truck rides, zip lines, mechanical bull riding, large tube slides, pumpkin and corn shooters and human foosball. Visit the website for hours and admission prices.
Mount Tahoma Trails
The Mount Tahoma Trails Association operates and manages the largest no-fee, hut-to-hut trail system in North America for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Approximately 50 miles of trails, 20 miles of which are groomed, provide safe and easy access to three ski huts and a yurt. Trails vary from novice to expert, are well-signed and are patrolled by an all-volunteer ski patrol. The trail system is accessed by two Washington state Sno-Parks and, although plowed regularly, trailheads may require snow tires and chains to get to them.
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
5400 N. Pearl St.
Tacoma, WA 98407 253-591-5337
Explore the only combined zoo and aquarium in the Northwest. You’ll see sharks and sea horses, polar bears and peacocks, walruses and wolves, all in one place. Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is large enough to offer an awesome array of animals yet small enough for you to get close to them. It’s fun and affordable and offers breathtaking views of Puget Sound, Mount Rainier and the Olympic Mountains. A gift shop, cafes and on-site educational programs are also available.
U.S. Highway 2
Skykomish, WA 98288 206-812-4510
From Thanksgiving to Easter, the steep slopes of the Cascades carry the high hopes of skiers. There’s lots of dry powder and lots of variation for every skill level. The closest downhill skiing area is Stevens Pass, about 100 miles from Pierce County. This fully equipped ski area offers a variety of terrain for downhill skiers of all levels. It has a vertical rise of about 2,000 feet with a dozen lifts and is open for both day and night skiing. The area includes day lodge facilities and offers ski lessons as well as rentals. In warmer months, Stevens Pass is full of mountain bikers, hikers or people who want to enjoy a scenic chairlift ride.
2502 S. Tyler St.
Tacoma, WA 98405 253-752-7707
The Tacoma Rainiers are a Minor League Baseball team that plays in the Pacific Coast League and is the Triple-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. A team in Tacoma has been in the PCL every year since 1960, for the longest current active streak of membership in the league, although the Rainiers have gone by many names, including the Giants, Yankees and Tugs. The Rainiers are based only 26 miles south of Seattle, the shortest distance between a Triple-A team and its major-league parent. Catch one of their games at Cheney Stadium.
Wild Waves Theme & Water Park
36201 Enchanted Parkway S
Federal Way, WA 98003 253-661-8000
The Wild Waves Theme & Water Park has something for everyone. Kids and parents alike will enjoy the Raging River Ride or lazy river and can relax in the warm tubs after a long day of wild water rides. On the theme park side, the Enchanted Village boasts rides geared toward thrills, including the I-5 Dive Skycoaster, where you can experience what it’s like to sky-dive, and the park’s first roller coaster, known as the Wild Thing. Other offerings include the classic carousel, bumper cars and Ferris wheel, as well as rides designed solely for the little ones. For more information on hours and ticket prices, visit Wild Waves Theme & Water Park’s website.
Woodland Park Zoo
5500 Phinney Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98103 206-548-2500
Founded in 1899, Woodland Park Zoo has sparked delight, discovery and unforgettable memories for generations of Northwest families. The zoo manages the largest live animal collection in Washington state, with 1,100 animals, representing more than 300 species. The zoo provides a home for 40 endangered and 17 threatened or vulnerable animal species. The zoo’s botanical collection includes more than 92,000 plants and trees representing more than 1,300 species. A gift shop, a food pavilion, picnic areas and on-site educational programs are also available.