Tacoma’s Lifestyle

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.


Summertime Beach Gathering: Point Defiance Park
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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.

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The Outdoors Are Calling

From Point Defiance Park, the second largest urban park in the nation including 700 acres of hiking trails, beaches, gardens and historic landmarks to the serene Tacoma Nature Center, you’re always minutes away from one of Tacoma’s beautiful parks. Enjoy world-class Puget Sound boating and fishing, go climbing or hiking at Mt. Rainier, golf at world-renowned Chambers’ Bay, enjoy a comprehensive trail and bike network, or hit the slopes at one of three ski resorts just two hours away. Tacoma offers some of the world’s best outdoor options. https://www.metroparkstacoma.org/


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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.

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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 Tacoma Arts Live, 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. Find local arts attractions, events, and other resources at Travel Tacoma.

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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, Since 2016, Tacoma has been designated as an Etsy Maker City, one of only a handful of cities nationally to receive such recognition.  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 Spaceworks to learn more at Spaceworks Tacoma.

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