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Tacoma & So. Sound Attractions (Pg 2):

Nisqually Red Wind Casino

Nisqually Red Wind Casino

12819 Yelm Hwy, Olympia, WA 98513 | 866-946-2444

A little off the beaten path but well worth the drive, the Red Wind Casino on the Nisqually reservation is located between Yelm and Lacey on Highway 510 (Yelm Hwy). They boast 975 slots and a variety of table games including Blackjack, Texas Hold 'em, Craps, and more. When you need a break from gaming, come and relax with some live entertainment in the Coho Cabaret!

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Nisqually River

Nisqually River

Beginning on the south side of Mt. Rainier, the glacial-fed Nisqually River travels 81 miles through the towns of Elbe, Ashford and McKenna to the southern end of Puget Sound near Lacey, Washington. On its descent, it passes through two dams - Alder and La Grande - which form reservoirs of the same names and are popular recreational areas near Mount Rainier National Park.

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Northwest Trek

Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

11610 Trek Drive East, Eatonville, WA 98328 | 360-832-6117

Experience the best of Northwest wildlife at Northwest Trek, where a tram ride will bring you face to face with bison, elk, moose, mountain goats and more. You can also walk a paved path through the forest to see large predators such as grizzly bears, wolves, cougars and other native forest animals.

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Owen Beach

Owen Beach

5605 Owen Beach Rd, Tacoma, WA 98407 | Phone

Views of Vashon Island, ferry boats and fishing craft make Owen Beach one of Point Defiance Park's most popular destinations. Have a picnic, rent a kayak, sunbathe on the sandy beach, go for a romantic stroll along the Promenade - the possibilities are endless. Dogs are welcome here, too, so no need to leave Fido home on this trip!

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Owen Beach Kayak Rentals

Owen Beach Kayak Rentals

5605 Owen Beach Rd, Tacoma, WA 98407 | 253-305-1010

Paddle the south Sound in a rental kayak from Owen Beach at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma! Expansive scenic views of Vashon Island, Gig Harbor, and Commencement Bay make this a great launching point for kayakers. Rent by the hour or by the day - both single and double kayaks are available. Your rental includes life jacket, paddle, and float cushion.

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Pierce College Science Dome

Pierce College Science Dome

9401 Farwest Dr SW, Lakewood, WA 98498 | 253-964-6440

Reach for the stars at the South Sound's premier digital planetarium, the Science Dome at Pierce College. This 58-seat facility has a 38-foot dome-shaped screen that allows visitors of all ages to view the night sky from anywhere in the universe, be immersed in an alien environment with breathtaking full-dome images, explore the Egyptian pyramids, and more!

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Point Defiance Gardens

Point Defiance Gardens

5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma, WA 98407 | 253-305-1000

Point Defiance Park is home to eight themed gardens. The Rhododendron garden is nestled in a stand of old growth forest. Azaleas, rhododendrons, Japanese cherry trees, crabapples and large and small pines flourish in the Japanese garden. The Rose Garden includes miniature roses, arbors of climbing roses, a picturesque wishing well and quaint gazebos.

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Point Defiance Park

Point Defiance Park

5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma, WA 98407 | 253-305-1000

Point Defiance Park sits on 702 acres at the northern tip of Tacoma and features the best of everything, with miles of forested hiking and walking trails, beautiful rose gardens, picnic areas, beachfront access, and a 29-acre zoo. It's no wonder over 2 million people visit each year - once you come here, you won't want to leave!

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Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

5400 North Pearl Street, Tacoma, WA 98407 | 253-591-5337

The only combined zoo and aquarium in the Northwest, this 29-acre park is large enough to offer an awesome array of animals yet small enough for you to get really close to them. You'll see sharks and seahorses, polar bears and peacocks, walruses and wolves, all in one place.

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Ruston Way

Ruston Way

Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA | 253-305-1000

Panoramic views of Commencement Bay, Vashon Island, the Olympic Mountains and Northeast Tacoma greet visitors to Ruston Way. The two-mile long scenic waterfront is a great place for walking, jogging or rollerblading. Fishing enthusiasts can find a place to drop their lines at the Les Davis pier.

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