Minutes away from the downtown Museum District is Tacoma’s Ruston Way Waterfront. Connecting downtown Tacoma to Point Defiance, this coastal road offers a 2 mile stretch of paved walking trail and scenic views of the South Puget Sound. With Mount Rainier to the West, the Olympic Mountain Range to the East and Commencement Bay, there’s no better place to see seals playing in the surf or take an after-dinner stroll.
Old Town, the original site of the Tacoma settlement, has a charming historical downtown. Grab a cup of coffee before you hit the parks along Ruston Way, or stop for lunch at The Spar. The northern tip of Tacoma holds Point Defiance Park, the largest city park west of the Mississippi River. The 702-acre park features a zoo and aquarium, a rose garden, old growth forest, playgrounds, and a true northwest beach. Point Ruston, one of the newest neighborhoods along the waterfront is a lively, family-friendly destination featuring shopping, entertainment, and dining.
From spectacular waterfront dining to saltwater recreation, Ruston Way is the place to be on a sunny day in Tacoma.