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3 Kid-Friendly Urban Hikes Around Tacoma

Urban walks that lead South Sound families to Tacoma’s waterfront

Writer Heather Larson

Published on: October 27, 2022

3 Kid-Friendly Urban Hikes Around Tacoma

Tacoma's Wilson Way Bridge with Dune Peninsula slides in the background
Wilson Way Bridge

Wilson Way Bridge and trail

The 600-foot long, 50-foot tall Wilson Way Bridge links Point Defiance Park and its phenomenal newer Dune Peninsula area with Ruston Way. This pedestrian and bike bridge — no motorized vehicles are allowed — opened in 2019 and now completes the long-missing piece of the waterfront access puzzle. You can walk from Jack Hyde Park to Point Defiance Park, a distance of 4.8 miles. You can continue your water-to-woods experience by crossing the Wilson Way Bridge and connecting with nearly 15 miles of trails inside Point Defiance Park.

In addition to the elevated walkway, this construction project created fantastic slides (and stairs) connecting Wilson Way to the boat launch. It’s like a life-size game of Chutes and Ladders and is the best kind of workout!

Wherever you begin this journey, a stop at the Point Ruston development is a must. Pick up takeout at one of the many restaurants, or opt for an ice cream treat or oatmeal cookie. Take time for play in the Point Ruston Ferry Big Toy on the Promenade Playground.

If a walk doesn’t appeal to your crew, bring your bikes or plan to rent something fun from Wheel Fun Rentals next spring. They’ve got bikes, surreys and specialty bikes to keep you and the kiddos exerting those leg muscles.

More outdoor fun for South Sound-area families:

Editor's note: This article was originally published in 2019 and updated in 2022.

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