Wake up to stunning views of Mt. Rainier and wind down with an evening show at a local jazz club. Tacoma offers endless adventures that energize your work and life.
Live, Work, & Play
Whether you are looking to catch a movie, take a stroll along Tacoma’s waterfront or grab a bite to eat. Point Ruston is the Puget Sound’s premier waterfront destination. Watch the video above to learn more.
Make it Big, Make it Beautiful
There’s no doubt about it; people come to Tacoma for its beautiful scenery, outdoor adventures, and laid-back atmosphere. Everywhere you go, you’re surrounded by spectacular views of Commencement Bay, the Olympic Mountains, and Mount Rainier. Whether you want to bike along the downtown Esplanade or unwind with a jog on the Ruston Way Waterfront near Old Town, there’s something fun for everyone in Tacoma.
The Outdoors Are Calling
From Point Defiance Park–which includes 700 acres of hiking trails and beaches–to the Tacoma Nature Center, you’re almost never more than five minutes away from one of Tacoma’s beautiful parks and the second largest park in the nation, second to Central Park. Enjoy world-class Puget Sound boating, go climbing or hiking at Mt. Rainier, or hit the slopes at one of three ski resorts just two hours away. Tacoma offers some of the world’s best outdoor adventures.
Neighborhoods & Business Districts
Tacoma’s neighborhoods and business districts offer something for everyone. Check out downtown for an eclectic mix of museums, boutiques, and fine dining, then head to the Stadium district to see the historic (and massive) Stadium High School, then make your way to Old Town, the birthplace of the city. Tacoma’s business districts offer art, industry, and culture: see our business district map for details.
A Hotbed for Artistic Talent
Glass blowing, sculpture, theater, painting, music: you name it, we’ve got it. From the world-renowned Chihuly Bridge of Glass, to the stunning LeMay America’s Car Museum, all the way to the world-class exhibits at the Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma is a hot spot for some of the region’s best art. Looking to catch a show? Look no further than Tacoma’s lively lineup of theatre, music, and dance at the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, the Tacoma Symphony, Tacoma Dome, and more. Throughout October, you can also enjoy Tacoma Arts Month, a month-long series of art workshops, studio tours, and special exhibits. Visit the City of Tacoma’s Office of Arts and Cultural Vitality to connect with all of the opportunities offered by one of Tacoma’s key industries.
Launch a Creative Enterprise
Championing a new model for economic prosperity thanks to a growing number of creative micro-entrepreneurs – or “makers” – who have worked with local government to achieve success, Tacoma has been selected by Etsy as an Etsy Maker City for 2016. Tacoma is one of just 13 cities, selected from hundreds of applicants across the US and Canada, to achieve this honor. In addition, programs like Spaceworks Tacoma match artists and creative entrepreneurs with vacant spaces to help grow their business. Spaceworks Tacoma makes no- and low-cost temporary space, training, and technical assistance available to creative entrepreneurs. Contact us to learn more about Spaceworks Tacoma.
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