Tacoma Washington

Overview

Local opinions about Tacoma range from “An awesome cultural center bursting with opportunities” to “Seattle’s ugly little sister to the south”. Irony runs strong in this town as blue collar neighborhoods like Hilltop overlook more traditional homes in Proctor. Add to that the strong millennial influence on 6th Ave, the corporate presence in downtown and the upscale newer construction along Ruston Way and it’s pretty hard to nail down a decent description of Tacoma that encompasses all of its characteristics. In the end, people seem to see Tacoma in the way that they’ve chosen to experience it. There is a little bit of something for everyone if you know where to look for it. And the views of Ranier are probably the best in the Puget Sound. Definitely worth checking out… you won’t run out of surprising discoveries when you start to explore all that Tacoma has to offer. 

Fun Facts About Tacoma

  • Tacoma sits on a hill that overlooks Commencement Bay. This is quite the busy international port due to it’s convenient location and significant depth.
  • Wondering what that funny smell is? Nope, you didn’t pass a semi hauling cattle. Your neighbor is not unearthing rotten eggs. That’s the infamous “Aroma of Tacoma”. Reasons for this vary, but general consensus is that the paper and pulp mill is the most significant factor. Not always noticeable, but has been the source of endless jokes at Tacoma’s expense.

Upcoming Events in Tacoma

Play to Learn | Salishan Family Investment Center

May 29 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Play to Learn is a free program for children and adults to play together! Now offered at 10 communit...

Happy Hour at Water from Wine Tacoma

May 29 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Happy Hour every Monday & Wednesday from 4pm – 7pm at our Tacoma tasting room! We’ll hav...

Play to Learn | Henry Schatz Boys & Girls Club

May 30 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Play to Learn is a free program for children and adults to play together! Now offered at 10 communit...

Play to Learn | Tacoma Public Library Swasey Branch (A.M.)

May 30 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Play to Learn is a free program for children and adults to play together! Now offered at 10 communit...

Play to Learn | Tacoma Public Library Swasey Branch (P.M.)

May 30 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Play to Learn is a free program for children and adults to play together! Now offered at 10 communit...

Play to Learn | Asia Pacific Cultural Center | NEW ADDRESS

May 31 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Play to Learn is a free program for children and adults to play together! Offered at community locat...
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