Day Tripping: Tacoma’s Point Defiance Park

Travel with a brand-new baby, unless absolutely necessary, isn’t something we planned to do right away.  We planned to take it easy, one day at a time, and gauge the new addition’s temperament and needs.  We thought we might venture out, but nothing got written down on the calendar, if you know what I mean.

The thing is though, we’re still those same people who love to explore and stay active even when a tiny bundle is around.  Once the family visits had died down, and we had a free weekend, we thought we might as well try out a day trip.

Tacoma isn’t too far, under an hour’s drive from our home in Seattle, and we had on our bucket list to visit the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium.  We’re members of our own Woodland Park Zoo, but we were curious as to what was happening “down south” and knew it was an outing the whole family could handle.

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{Vashon Island, WA} Getting There is Half the Fun

We recently got to step back in time to beautiful, peaceful Vashon Island, Washington.  Vashon has something for everyone: fresh fruits and veggies from the local farms, beaches, hiking, boating, art galleries, delicious food, famous coffee, and all the wonderful things that go into island life.

One of our favorite parts of day though? Traveling by ferry boat on this sunny spring day!

Info to Know:

  • Vashon can be reached only by ferry boat (unless of course you take your own boat or private plane) with the main choices being  from the Fauntleroy ferry terminal in West Seattle, WA, the Southworth terminal in Port Orchard, WA, or from Point Defiance in Tacoma, WA. Ferry information: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/
  • Cyclists find the island “bicycle-friendly”, which allows you to be a “walk-on” ferry passenger with your bike.
  • It’s not quite the same as a ferry boat ride, but another option for access to Vashon is by water-taxi from Downtown Seattle.  Details on times and schedules

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