Area map for Tacoma/Lakewood, WA
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Western Washington Fairgrounds
9th and Meridian. The Puyallup Fair runs for 17 days in September when everyone is “Doing The Puyallup.” There are plenty of things to do and see – horses, cows, pigs, sheep, quilts, flowers, photography, and the rides! There are vegetables galore, gadgets to buy, goats to milk, the thrills and spills of the PRCA-approved rodeo. Anything else? Well how about their famous raspberry scones or the cotton candy or a hamburger with onions, and what about the razzle-dazzle entertainment from jugglers to the grandstand’s headline acts!
The Puyallup Fair begins on the Friday following Labor Day and runs for seventeen days. More than 1.2 million people visit the Fair each year, consistently ranking it in the nation’s top 10 in attendance.
Museum of Glass
Downtown Tacoma, 1801 E. Dock Street. The Museum of Glass is both a unique museum and the cultural cornerstone of Tacoma. Explore the art in the museum’s rotating exhibit and on the outdoor plazas and cross the 500 foot long Chihuly Bridge of Glass. Feel the heat as you watch a team of artists create masterpieces from the molton glass! With seating for 138 visitors, the Hot Shop Amphitheater provides a birds-eye view of the artists at work. The museum store features a diverse selection of art created by local and international artists. Express yourself in the Art Studio, designed as an interactive learning space, the Studio allows visitors of all ages the opportunity to create their own art.
Point Defiance Park
5400 North Pearl Street, Tacoma. Originally a military post. President Andrew Jackson had the foresight to declare it a park. The park occupies nearly 700 acres on a peninsula that juts into Puget Sound. A five mile scenic drive will take you through original growth forests of fir, cedar and hemlock and past 15 foot native rhododendrons.
The park is also home to Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium which features Pacific Rim wildlife exhibited in their natural habitats. The aquarium has an underwater viewing window.
Other exhibits include Fort Nisqually, Camp Six Logging Museum and Never Never Land, a children’s storybook exhibit. In Never Never Land, 32 exhibits are scattered around 10 acres of woodland.
The zoo and aquarium are open year-round (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and the third Friday in July). Many events occur throughout the year. For more information, please call 591-5368.
Van Lierop Bulb Farm
Located 2 miles east of Puyallup on Pioneer Avenue East at 13407 - 80th Street East. Visitors stroll through the spring bulb display garden at the Van Lierop Bulb Farm; a visual treat of over 150 varieties of daffodils, tulips, iris, crocus and hyacinth. The garden, set in the midst of the bulb fields, was planted with flowering trees and rhododendrons some forty years ago. Now, in excess of 20,000 assorted new bulbs are dug and replanted amongst the trees each Fall for a spectacular burst of spring color. All varieties are marked. The display garden blooms in March and April and is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily and Saturday and Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. No admission fee. 848-7272