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3 Kid-Friendly Tacoma Hikes That Lead to Water

Fantastic urban Tacoma trails bring families to the waterfront

Writer Heather Larson

Published on: June 20, 2019

Sights along the Prairie Line Trail in Tacoma. Credit: Heather Larson

Kid-friendly urban hikes to water

One of Tacoma’s most outstanding and supremely popular features has to be its proximity to the water. Especially when warmer weather arrives, South Sound-area families flock to the waterfront for adventure and play.

Three different Tacoma trails begin or end at beaches along Commencement Bay and Thea Foss Waterway: the Prairie Line Trail, the Puget Creek Trail and the Wilson Way Bridge and trail. Each of these makes for an ultra-kid-friendly and rewarding urban hike. Each trail has its own personality and environs, and families with kids will love exploring them all.

Use the arrows above the image to explore these family-friendly Tacoma trails. Please remember to wear your masks when you encounter others on the trail and follow safety practices for recreating outdoors. And, as always, use your own best judgment for your family.

Editor's note: This article mentions playgrounds, restaurants and other facilities that may remain closed.

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