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3 Kid-Friendly Tacoma Hikes That Lead to Water

Fantastic urban Tacoma trails — one brand new — bring families to the waterfront

Published on: June 20, 2019

3 Kid-Friendly Tacoma Hikes That Lead to Water

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Walking toward the new Wilson Way Bridge and Trail. Credit: Heather Larson

Wilson Way Bridge and Trail

Slated to open July 6, the 600-foot long, 50-foot tall Wilson Way Bridge will link Point Defiance Park and its new Dune Peninsula area with Ruston Way. This pedestrian and bike bridge — no motorized vehicles allowed — has long been the missing piece of a waterfront access puzzle. When it opens, you’ll be able to 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 the park.

In addition to the elevated walkway, this construction project created stairs and slides going from Wilson Way to the boat launch. Whereever you begin this journey, a stop at Point Ruston is a definite must.

Choose a full meal at one of the many restaurants, opt for an ice cream treat or pepperoni from a vending machine. Take time for play in the Point Ruston Ferry Big Toy on the Promenade Playground and a splash in the spray park.

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Point Ruston spray park. Credit: Heather Larson

If a walk doesn't appeal to your crew, Wheel Fun Rentals has bikes, surreys and specialty bikes to keep you and the kiddos exerting those leg muscles, just in a different way.

There you have it. Three unique ways to connect to Tacoma’s scenic waterfront with kids. Enjoy.

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