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DUPONT HISTORICAL MUSEUM
207 Barksdale Ave, DuPont WA 98327
Description: The DuPont Historical Museum was opened in 1977 and organized as a non-profit corporation in 1982 in recognition of the unique role the City of DuPont and its environs have played in the historical development and industrial legacy of the Puget Sound region.
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10:00am-4:00pm, Sundays 1:00-4:00pm.
Admission: Call for admission.
Directions: From I-5, take exit #119 toward Steilacoom-DuPont Rd. Turn right onto Barksdale Ave. End at the Museum.
EMERALD QUEEN CASINO I-5
2024 E 29th St, Tacoma WA
Directions: From I-5 take exit 135. Turn left off of ramp onto E Bay St. Continue straight as E Bay St. becomes E 28th St. Casino will be on your right.
FORT LEWIS MILITARY MUSEUM
Fort Lewis, WA
Description: The Fort Lewis Military Museum collects, preserves and interprets material of historical significance to Fort Lewis and the military units which have served here. The museum also strives to foster an appreciation for the role that the United States Army played in the exploration, settlement and defense of the Pacific Northwest. Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 12-4pm.
Admission: Free admission. Directions: From I-5, taken exit 120. Enter Fort Lewis through the North Fort Lewis Gate and follow the signs. Visitors without a current military vehicle registration decal and federal ID card must first obtain a visitor pass at the Main Gate Visitors Center by presenting a driver’s license, vehicle insurance and registration.
FORT STEILACOOM GOLF COURSE
8202 87th Ave SW, Tacoma WA 98499
Description: Features 2,520 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 34. 9 hole course, lessons.
Directions: From I-5 North, take exit 125. Turn left onto Bridgeport Way and go north crossing 100th St SW and Gravelly Lake Drive. Turn left on Steilacoom Blvd. go about 1.5 miles and turn right onto 87th Ave. Go about 1/3 mile and turn left at golf course sign. Parking lot is approximately 1/4 mile. From I-5 South, take exit 129 and to west on 74th St which becomes Custer Drive in 2.3 miles. go another 1.2 miles and turn right on Steilacoom Blvd. Turn right onto 87th Ave. Go about 1/3 mile and turn left at golf course sign. Parking lot is approximately 1/4 mile.
GRAND PRIX RACEWAY
11015 Pacific Hwy SW, Lakewood WA 98499
Description: Come and experience the THRILL of one of the fastest indoor tracks in the country! Drivers can reach top speeds of up to 35 mph on our 1/4-mile INDOOR circuit! A wide racing surface means adequate room for passing and race maneuvers, and a couple of long straights result in high speeds and FAST LAP TIMES! The track also features a barrier system, computerized timing/scoring using a state-of-the-art AMB scoring system to keep accurate scores and results. Our new facility includes a climate controlled viewing lounge with video display.
Hours: Open daily. Monday – Saturday, 11am-10pm. Sunday 12-8pm. Closed on Tuesdays.
Admission: Call for prices.
Directions: From I-5, take exit #127 (SR 512). Exit to the west and turn left onto Pacific Hwy. S (old 99). Grand Prix Raceway is ½ mile on the left, next to Tacoma Discount World.
GREAT AMERICAN CASINO – LAKEWOOD
10117 South Tacoma Way, Lakewood WA 98499
Hours: Daily, 10am - 6am.
Directions: Northbound I-5 – take the Hwy 512 exit (exit 127) toward South Tacoma Way. Merge onto Hwy 512 W via the exit on the left toward South Tacoma Way. Turn slight right onto South Tacoma Way. End at 10117 South Tacoma Way. Southbound I-5 – take the Hwy 512 exit (exit 127) toward South Tacoma Way. Turn right onto Hwy 512 W. Turn slight right onto Sout Tacoma Way. End t 10117 South Tacoma Way.
HISTORIC FORT STEILACOOM
(On the grounds of Western Washington Hospital) 9601 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood, WA
(253) 756-3928 / (253) 582-5838
Description: Fort Steilacoom played a significant, but little-known, role in the settling of Washington. Understanding the circumstances surrounding its formation in 1849 helps explain Fort Steilacoom's role in the migration of settlers to Washington, a wave that continues to this day. The fort was part claims validater, part civilizer and part protector. Its current role is that of reminder of our past.
Hours: 1-4pm. June-August & the first Sunday of September-May.
Admission: Donations accepted.
Directions: From I-5 South – Take exit 129 toward S 72 St / S 84 St. Take the S 74 St. (west ramp). Turn Slight right onto 74th St W. 74th St W becomes Custer Rd W. Turn Slight right onto 88th St SW. Stay straight to go onto Steilacoom Blvd SW. End at Historic Fort Steilacoom. From I-5 North - take exit 119 toward Steilacoom-DuPont Rd. Turn left onto Barksdale Ave/Locust Rd. Continue to follow Barksdale Ave. Turn right onto DuPont-Steilacoom Rd. DuPont-Steilacoom Rd becomes DuPont-Steilacoom Hwy. Turn slight right onto Rainier St. Turn right onto Puyallup St. Turn left onto Starling St. Starling St becomes Steilacoom Tacoma Blvd. Steilacoom Tacoma Blvd becomes Steilacoom Blvd SW. End at Historic Fort Steilacoom.
12317 Gravelly Lake Dr SW, Lakewood WA 98499
Description: On the National and State Historic registry, experience a self-guided tour through this 10-acre garden estate. Highlights include rare and native plants, statuary and Thomas Church architecture.
Hours: Grounds and gift shop open April-September, Wednesday-Sunday, 10am-4pm & October-March, Friday-Saturday, 10am-4pm. Holiday hours vary.
Admission: $9 general, $6 Senior, Student, Military, Members of The Friends of Lakewold and Children under 12 free.
Directions: From I-5 (North/South), take exit 124. Turn west at the top of the exit onto Gravelly Lake Drive SW. Follow Gravelly Lake Drive through the traffic light at Veterans Drive and look for Lakewold’s main entrance on your right. Turn right, drive through the iron gates.
LAKEWOOD GAME REFUGE
Phillips Road, east of Oakbrook, Lakewood
Description: This 100-acre open space area is managed by the State Department of Fish and Wildlife and offers a trail system for walking and bicycling.
Directions: Take the Bridgeport Way exit (#125). Turn west onto Bridgeport Way. Turn left onto Steilacoom Blvd SW. Turn right onto Phillips Rd SW. End at the refuge.
LAKEWOOD HISTORY MUSEUM
6211 Mt Tacoma Dr SW, Lakewood WA 98499
Description: The mission of the Lakewood Historical Society is to identify, preserve and perpetuate Lakewood's history through educational programs, preservation and exhibits that celebrate the sites and people of Lakewood and its role in the development of the Pacific Northwest.
Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 12pm-4pm. Closed major holidays.
Directions: From I-5, take the Bridgeport Way exit (exit #125.) Turn West onto Bridgeport Way SW. Turn Left onto Mt Tacoma Dr SW. End at the museum.
5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd. SW, Lakewood WA 98499
Sept 14-Oct 14 ..................Sherlock's Last Case
Nov 9-Dec 2 ......................Twelfth Night
Dec 13-24 .........................The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Jan 11-Feb 2 ....................The Children's Hour
Feb 22-Mar 17 ..................The Woman in Black
Apr 19--May 12 .................The Rainmaker
June 14-July 14 ................The Importance of Being Earnest
Admission: Non-musicals - $24 general, $21 senior/military, $18 under 25.
Musicals - $29 general, $26 senior/military, $23 under 25.
Directions: From I-5, take exit 125. Turn west onto Bridgeport. Follow Bridgeport past the Lakewood water tower. Turn left at Lakewood Towne Center Blvd SW. Lakewood Playhouse is located next to the Pierce Transit Center.
LAKEWOOD VETERANS MEMORIAL
6000 Main St SW, Lakewood 98499 (Located outside Lakewood City Hall)
Description: To honor a loved one...pay tribute to sacrifices for freedom...and help build this memorial. The Memorial is located in the heart of the Lakewood Towne Center in front of the Lakewood City Hall.
Admission: Free admission.
Directions: From I-5, take the Bridgeport Way exit (exit #125). Turn West onto Bridgeport Way SW. Turn left onto 108TH St SW. Turn right onto Main St SW. End at Lakewood City Hall.
LEMAY FAMILY COLLECTION
325 152nd St E, Tacoma WA
Description: Step into the LeMay world, where elegance, whimsy, and nostalgia reign! LeMay at Marymount is a unique oasis in the wide world of classic and antique cdars, trucks, buses, motorcycles, industrial equipment and memorabilia. The Marymount Event Center is the home of the LeMay Family Collection, recognized as the largest privately owned vehicle and memorabilia collection in the world. Hundreds of those vehicles and artifacts are always on display for all to appreciate.
Hours: Tuesday-Satursday, 10am-5pm. Sunday 12pm-5pm. Free - 3rd Thursday 3pm-5pm. Closed Mondays. Guided tours of the collection begin on the hour. Last tour begins at 3pm. Reservations are recommended for large groups.
Admission: $15 general, $5 students (6-17), children (5 & under) free. Seniors (65+) - 20% off. AAA cardholders - 20% off. Active military - 20% off. Groups (10+ people) - $5 off. School groups - $5/person.
MCCHORD AIR MUSEUM
McChord AFB, WA
Description: The McChord Air Museum is the official USAF organization whose mission is to portray the history of McChord Air Force Base, the aircraft woven through that history and the people who made that history part of our heritage. That mission is accomplished by the exhibit of aircraft, and scaled models, unit exhibits, extensive collection of armament, instruments, paintings and art from the USAF art collection, photographs, vintage uniforms and other memorabilia.
Hours: Wednesday-Friday, 12-4pm.
Admission: Free admission. Donations accepted. Due to McChord AFB Security restrictions all vehicles entering McChord Air Force Base must contain at least one person with a Military I.D. card. Personnel with a Military I.D. (Active duty, Reserve, Air Guard, or Retired) may escort visitors to the McChord Air Museum. 100% identification checks for all visitors to McChord AFB – all vehicles are subject to search by McChord security forces.
Directions: From I-5, take exit #125. Turn east on Bridgeport Way. Proceed 1 mile to the McChord Main Gate. (Follow the signs to the temporary McChord Visitor Center during the Main Gate construction). Continue straight to "A" St - turn right. Follow "A" St straight through the Lincoln Blvd intersection. Museum parking is located behind the museum building (Bldg 517).
MEADOW PARK GOLF COURSE
7108 Lakewood Drive W, Tacoma WA 98467
Description: Features 6,093 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71. The course rating is 68.9 and it has a slope rating of 116 on Blue grass. 18 hole course, driving range, putting & chipping green, pro shop, lessons.
Directions: From I-5, take the Bridgeport Way exit #125. Turn West onto Bridgeport Way SW. Turn right onto Lakewood Dr Sw. End at 7108 Lakewood Dr W.
MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK
Headquarters: 55210 238th Ave E, Ashford, WA 98304
(360) 569-2211 ext 3314
(360) 569-2400 Reservations
Description: At 14,410 feet, Mount Rainier is the tallest volcano in the 48 contiguous states and is the highest mountain in Washington State. The park has 26 major glaciers, 34 waterfalls, 62 lakes and 600-year old forests. Mount Rainier has five developed areas: Longmire, Paradise, Ohanapecosh, Sunshine, and Carbon/Mowich. Although the level of development in these areas ranges from basic -little more than a campground and picnic area- to extensive -hotel, restaurant, visitor center, campgrounds and picnic areas- each can serve as a base for exploring the rest of the park.
Hours: Mount Rainier National Park is open all year. The park is most heavily visited on sunny summer weekends and holidays. Parking in many areas of the park is limited. If you're planning a summer trip to the park, consider visiting mid-week, which is generally a less busy time. In winter, access to Mount Rainier is limited. Only two entrances to the park are open: the Nisqually Entrance, in the southwest corner of the park, and the Carbon River Entrance, in the northwest corner of the park. Winter visitors entering through the Nisqually Entrance can travel to Paradise. On winter weekends and holidays, the Jackson Visitor Center, at Paradise, is open.
Admission: The entrance fee is $15 for a private, non-commercial vehicle or $5 for each visitor 16 and older entering by motorcycle, bicycle, horseback, on foot, or for individuals traveling together as a non-commercial, organized group. These fees provide the visitor with a 7-day entrance permit for Mount Rainier National Park. Please note: Always check the road status before planning a trip to the park . Unexpected road closures may occur at any time due to the dynamic nature of Mount Rainier.
Directions: From I-5, take Hwy 512 E. Take the Hwy 7/Pacific Ave exit toward Parkland/Spanaway. Turn right onto Hwy 7/Pacific Ave S. Continue to follow Hwy 7. Stay straight to go onto Hwy 706. Hwy 706 becomes Paradise Rd. Turn right to stay on Paradise Rd. End at Mount Rainier National Park.
MT. RAINIER SCENIC RAILROAD
349 Mineral Creek Rd, Mineral WA 98355
(360) 492-5588 / 888-STEAM11
Description: Weekly excursion and tour trains depart beneath the snow white cap of Mount Rainier from the Museum and Restoration Shop in Mineral, WA. Pulled by vintage locomotives, passengers on the MRSR are charmed as they pass through forest and glen, next to clear mountain streams and over tall wooden trestles. The train does not go to Mount Rainier.
Hours: Call for schedule and ticket prices.
Admission: $20 adults, $18 seniors, $15 youth (4-12), 3 and under free.
Directions: From I-5, take Hwy 512 E. Take the Hwy 7/Pacific Ave exit toward Parkland/Spanaway. Turn right onto Hwy 7/Pacific Ave S. Continue to follow Hwy 7. In Elbe , continue past the train station and then turn right at the steel bridge over the Nisqually river. Follow the signs for Highway 7 / Morton. Continue on HIghway 7 South for approximately 3-3/4 miles to Mineral Road N. Mineral is approximately a 10 minute drive from Elbe . Turn left onto Mineral Road N , and continue 1-1/2 miles to the town of Mineral . In Mineral, turn left on Front St. (This is the road that passes the Lions Club campground.) Continue on this road for approximately 1 mile to our yard and departure site. Follow the signs to the parking and boarding area.
MUSEUM ANTIQUES & AVIATION MUSEUM
5928 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood WA 98499
Description: Aviation museum, war relics with pieces from US Civil War, Indian War, WWI & WWII, Korea & Viet Nam eras. Also displaying Babylonian, Roman, Greek & Egyptian antiquities.
Hours: Call for hours.
Admission: Call for admission.
Directions: From I-5, take the Hwy 512 E exit (exit #127) toward South Tacoma Way/Puyallup. Turn West onto Hwy 512 W. Turn slight right onto South Tacoma Way. Turn left onto Steilacoom Blvd SW. End at the museum.
NISQUALLY RED WIND CASINO
12819 Yelm Hwy, Olympia WA 98513
Description: The premier gaming and entertainment venue providing an atmosphere of exceptional service and value for our guests. Play In The Wind
Hours: Thursday-Sunday, 24 hours. Monday-Wednesday, 9am-5am.
Directions: From I-5, take exit 116 toward Mounts Rd/Old Nisqually. Turn left onto Nisqually Rd/Old Pacific Hwy. Continue to follow Old Pacific Hwy SE. Turn left onto St Clair Cut-Off Rd SW/Hwy 510. Continue to follow Hwy 510. End at 12819 Yelm Hwy.
NORTHWEST TREK WILDLIFE PARK
11610 Trek Dr E, Eatonville WA 98328
Description: Northwest Trek Wildlife Park is a treasure for wildlife enthusiasts. The signature tram tour through the 435-acre free-roaming area offers the opportunity to spot animals as they wander through forests, wetlands and meadows. In the core area, visitors can get a peek at native wild canines and cats as well as forest and wetland critters. The 715-acre park has a little bit of everything: lakes, trails, meadows and plenty of animals. Northwest Trek is home to more than 200 North American animals representing more than 30 species.
Hours: April-October, trams depart on the hour every hour starting at 10 am. November-March, trams depart at 10:30 am.
Admission: $15 adults, $14.00 seniors (65+), $10.50 youth (5-12), $7.50 tots (3-4)
Directions: From I-5, take exit #127 (SR 512 to Puyallup). Travel east on SR 512 for about 8 miles to SR 161 (Eatonville exit). Turn right onto SR 161 off SR 512. Follow SR 161 south for 17 miles. Northwest Trek is on the left side of the highway.
POINT DEFIANCE ZOO & AQUARIUM
5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma WA 98407
Description: This Zoo is large enough to offer an awesome array of animals yet small enough to let you get really close to them. It's fun, affordable and offers breathtaking views of Puget Sound, Mount Rainier and the Olympic Mountains. Come explore the only combined zoo and aquarium in the Northwest. You'll see seahorses and sharks, peacocks and penguins, wolves and walrus, all in one place.
Hours: January 1- May 3, daily 9:30am - 4pm. May 4 – May 22, daily 9:30am – 5pm. May 23 – September 7, daily 9:30am-6pm. September 8 - 27, daily 9:30am-5pm. September 28 – December 31, daily 9:30am - 4pm. Closed the third Friday in July, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Closed Tuesdays and Wednesday during winter months.
Admission: $13 adults (13-64), $12 seniors (65+), $11 youth (5-12), $5 tots (3 & 4).
Directions: From I-5, exit onto Hwy 16. Take the 6th Ave. exit. Turn left onto 6th Ave. Turn right onto N Pearl St. Follow Pearl and end at Point Defiance Park.
ST. JOHN BOSCO MEDITATION PARK / ST. JOHN BOSCO CHURCH
10508 112th St. SW, Lakewood, WA 98499
This one-acre garden, created by volunteers, combines hundreds of plants along wheelchair accessible paths which frame the Stations of the Cross, many shrines, including the Grotto Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, patterned after the original grotto in France. Shrine features following water over a natural rock facade. The entire park provides all people a rustic, quiet, native environment for meditation. Benches and areas to pause for reflection.
Directions: From I-5, take exit 124, continue west and turn left onto Gravelly Lake Drive SW. Turn left onto Washington Blvd. SW. Stay straight to go onto Military Road SW/Old Military Road. Turn left onto 112th St. SW. End at 10508 112th St. SW.
8601 N Thorne Ln SW, Lakewood, WA 98498
Description: Many stately homes were built on estates along the shorelines of our lakes, the most impressive being Thornewood Castle, built on American Lake between 1909 and 1911. A 400 year old Elizabethan manor in England was purchased by Mr. Thorne and dismantled and shipped brick by brick from England to be included in the building of Thornewood. The Thorne Mansion, renovated into a spectacular Bed & Breakfast, was considered one of the most beautiful estates and gardens in the nation, and often attracted illustrious people of the early 1900’s. Thornewood Castle starred as “Rose Red” in Stephen King’s television mini-series and featured in the made-for-television movie, “The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer.” And most recently, Thornewood’s presence is also evident in the movie, “There Will Be Blood.” The sunken secret garden is truly English in style and plays host to many weddings and receptions. The mood, mystery, love, and history continue on as each guest passes through the 500 year old castle doors. Spend the night as a Bed & Breakfast guest in this romantic, refreshing, renewing setting. Be a part of the history in the “House that love built.”
Cheney Stadium, 2502 S Tyler St, Tacoma WA 98405
Description: AAA Baseball – Farm team for Seattle Mariners
Admission: Call for pricing and ticket availability. Schedule: April – September. Call for dates/times of home games.
Directions: From I-5, take exit 132 (Highway 16) west. Take the 19th Street exit going east. Once on 19th, turn right on Cheyenne which is the first street sign you see. This takes you directly to the parking lot. Cheney Stadium is near the intersection of Tyler and 19th street.