Fall color in Wright Park. Credit: Jett Brooks/Flickr CC
Wright Park, Tacoma
Arguably Tacoma’s grandest park, Wright Park is a 27-acre jewel with more than 630 trees, including many over 100 years old and many state champions (this means they represent the biggest of their kind in the state). In the fall, walk the easy loop around the park to enjoy a blaze of color. My boys also love finding fallen nuts and watching all the squirrels at work.
Find it: 501 S. I St., Tacoma. From I-5, take the City Center Exit. Follow A Street towards the City Center and Pacific. Take a slight left onto 15th, followed by a slight right on Yakima, and then a left onto S. I Street.
Length: The loop around the park is just under a mile. It’s an easy path.
Photo ops: Any of the historic trees make for great pictures in the fall. There are also a number of interesting statues and a duck pond with a "say cheese"-worthy bridge.
Special features: Wright Park is home to a beautiful glass-walled conservatory which reopened in May after a year-long renovation. Be sure to visit to this lovely spot. The conservatory features permanent collections and rotating seasonal exhibits, and it’s always balmy. If it’s too cold for your kiddos outside, you can usually find a colorful, seasonal backdrop to pose them in front of here. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.
Next stop: Point Defiance Park
Image credit: Jett Brooks/Flickr CC