Tacoma is a port city. It has a rich cultural heritage and renowned artisanal glass art. Not many people know, but it is called the “City of Destiny.”
Back in the Industrial Revolution, cities that are made as terminals for railroad lines prosper. Tacoma became the western hub of the Northern Pacific Railroad, one of the most extensive railroad lines in history spanning around 40 million acres. It made Tacoma a thriving city back then.
Not only that. It has plenty of beautiful historical sites to explore with your family. It’s an off-beaten path for a vacation you will surely love. These are fun places you should visit in Tacoma, Washington.
Enjoy the View of Commencement Bay
First on the list is enjoying the panoramic view of the Commencement Bay. Enjoy this best by looking for vacation rentals tacoma wa, with an unobstructed horizon of this majestic bay.
On an average day, you can organize feasts by the balcony to greet the sunrise or enjoy the sunset. You can also have your very own private viewing deck during Freedom Fair fireworks exhibitions during the 4th of July.
Also, take advantage of the location by choosing vacation rentals in Tacoma, WA, near the historical sites and museums. The best place is in Prospect Hill with its quiet, upscale, and beautiful neighborhood. It’s even walking distance to Old Town Tacoma.
Foss Waterway Seaport
($10 Adult. $8 Students, Children, Seniors. $25 Family.)
Tacoma has a rich maritime history. Open all year round; the newly renovated Balfour Dock Building houses exhibitions such as heritage boats, sea creature skeletons, and the unique stories of Tacoma’s Foss Family, the Balfour Building, and the Willits story among others.
At the end of the museum tour, you can spend the time with your family on the docks to have that nostalgic glimpse of Tacoma’s maritime legacy.
Fort Nisqually Living History Museum
($8.50 Adult. $7.50 Senior. $5.50 Children 4-17 years. $22.50 Family)
If you want to experience the life of our forefathers, the Fort Nisqually Living History Museum is a must-see for you. It was the restoration of the Hudson’s Bay Company’s first fur trading outpost on Puget Sound back in 1833.
The exhibits represent how people lived in the 1800s to the early 1900s. Enjoy talking to costumed interpreters and feel like your living their life back then. It’s a different experience you should not miss.
Museum of Glass
($17 Adult. $14 Senior. $5 Children.)
Tacoma is known for its glass art, and the best place to witness this creation is in the Museum of Glass. Housed in an iconic cone-shaped building, the Museum of Glass features contemporary glass art from the 21st century. You can even watch exhibitors in the “Hot Shop” make glass right before your eyes. Indulge in the beauty and the process of creating exquisite art pieces.
Tacoma Glass Blowing Studio
If you were amazed at the beauty of their artisanal glass, why not make one of your own? What’s good about Tacoma Glass Blowing Studio is, they can help you create your masterpiece every step of the way.
For as low as $75, you can create your very own glass sculpture, without the fuss because of how beginner-friendly it is.
There you have it. Have a fun-filled educational trip while you’re in Tacoma. You’ll surely love these precious gems to visit with your family.