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      Weekend Hike Assignment: Point Defiance Park

      It would be easier to list the features that Point Defiance DOESN'T have rather than all the things it does have. There is really a ton of stuff to do at this historical 700 acre park, so whether you have a half hour or the whole day, head to the north side of Tacoma and check out this great spot.

      Here is a list of just some of the things you can do here:

      The Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, where you can swim with sharks. SHARKS!

      Explore Fort Nisqually, a "living history museum", where two of the oldest buildings in the state reside in a replica of an outpost built in 1824 by fur traders.

      5-mile drive loops around the entire park and is one of the prettiest drives in the Puget Sound. There are many stops along the way with viewpoints and places to picnic and explore.

      There are three main trails through the park, the outside loop (4.3 miles), the inside loop (3.6 miles) and the spine trail (2.6 miles).

      Owen Beach on the north side is easily accessible and great for exploring and watching the Vashon Ferry.

      Have a great weekend!

      The park entrance is located at 5400 N Pearl Street.

      Previous Weekend Hike Assignments:

      Seward Park
      Marymere Falls
      The Arboretum
      Tolt-MacDonald Park
      Deception Pass
      Snoqualmie Falls

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