Point Defiance Park and Zoo
Adjacent to Franke Tobey Jones is the gorgeous 702-acre Point Defiance Park. Natural forest, saltwater beaches and spectacular views offer numerous possibilities for recreation, education and communing with nature.
Point Ruston, just minutes away from Franke Tobey Jones, is a 97-acre property split between Tacoma and Ruston located on the former Asarco site. Millions of dollars were spent cleaning it up to make it ready for redevelopment.
Just 5 minutes from Franke Tobey Jones is the scenic Puget Sound waterfront….and it’s beautiful! There’s a ferry to Vashon Island several times a day, you can sometimes see Orcas and sea otters come right up to the boat. The businesses along Pearl Street include the charming Antique Sandwich Company, antique stores and an exotic nursery.
Located between Seattle and the state capital of Olympia, Tacoma has a unique, hometown feel. World-class museums, hotels and theaters draw thousands to the downtown core while the shores of Puget Sound and the statuesque Mount Rainier call out to adventurers.
The Proctor District
The Proctor District is one of the oldest shopping areas in the city and was one of the six original business districts organized through the City of Tacoma’s Neighborhood Business District Revitalization Program. Since 1991, volunteers have worked diligently to beautify the district with historic street lighting, trees, planters, and public art.
The Stadium District
The Stadium District is home to some of Tacoma’s most impressive man-made and natural landmarks. Located high on a cliff, the neighborhood offers breath taking views of Commencement Bay and the Olympic Mountains. The Stadium District is home to many buildings of architectural significance.
6th Avenue District
When you’re looking for the latest and trendiest spots in town for dining, dancing, and shopping, look no further than “the Ave” — Sixth Avenue, that is. Stretching from State to Proctor Streets, the Sixth Avenue business district is home to hundreds of shops, restaurants, night clubs, coffee houses and wine bars.
The Ruston Runner provides on-demand point to point public transportation services in a recreation zone along Ruston Way in Tacoma. By using vans, the Ruston Runner can successfully travel on the many narrow streets between Point Ruston and downtown Tacoma where full-size buses cannot go.