5 Ways to Take Advantage of Living Near the Water in Tacoma
One of the best things about living in Tacoma is its miles and miles of shoreline! Tucked away in the shimmering Puget Sound, not only is Tacoma brimming with opportunities for enjoying breathtaking scenery, but it’s also packed with some great ways to stay active, too.
Whether you live in Tacoma or are just visiting for the day, here are 5 ideas from locals on how to take advantage of being near the water:
Relax and enjoy the view.
“A simple stroll to and then along Tacoma waterfront parks or public beach access points early in the morn as the sun rises allows you to hear the soft push of the waves as they rustle through the smooth pebbles,” shares Krista Osborne. “[Take] in the fresh scent of sea salt and the song of wood ducks and local sea birds. The early mornings on our magnificent Tacoma waterfronts' is truly a time to soak in what it means to live in and around the Pacific Northwest.”
In addition to taking in the beautiful scenery and observing wildlife in the early mornings, Krista recommends boat watching (especially a fun activity for those with little ones!): “If you have a yearning to sit and watch ginormous container ships make their way to the Port of Tacoma, between the synchronized movement of the local ferry boats, the tug boats and the container ships, you will surely be amazed. [There is] something for everyone within arm’s reach when you live near our wonderful Tacoma waterways!”
2. Take advantage of kayaking, boating, and other water sports.
“If you yearn for the active whir of a boat motor and whiz of activity, you just have to wait until the sun is fully up and your eyes and ears will be filled with the healthy and alive activities that dance upon our waterways,” shares Krista. “[Here, we have the unique] opportunity to be pulled into the air by a speeding boat as you are hooked to a parachute to see the shoreline and mountains that surround us.”
Parasailing is certainly a unique way to enjoy the outdoors and take in the stunning view. Another great option is kayaking: “I love to rent kayaks at Owen Beach in Point Defiance Park,” says Alyssa Reische.” They have single or double kayaks. Last time we rowed to Vashon Island and had some seals join us for the trip, swimming [along with us]. We also see a local dolphin every once in awhile.”
3. Enjoy dining with a waterfront view.
“Feast within one of the amazing waterfront restaurants after you dry off from your water-bound adventures,” recommends Krista. C.I. Shenanigans, Duke’s Chowder House, restaurants at Point Ruston, Anthony’s at Point Defiance, Steamer’s Seafood Cafe, and Boathouse 19 are just a few of the many waterfront dining options in Tacoma!