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10 easy ways to get outside this winter

10 easy ways to get outside this winter...

undefinedSpending time in nature has tremendous benefits, including improved concentration, better motor coordination, improved overall cognitive functioning and a greater ability to engage in creative play.

Here are 10 locations and activities to help you choose to go outside this winter. There's something for everyone!

  1. Walk, observe & play at the Tacoma Nature Center
    (1919 S. Tyler St.)
    Stroll the many nature trails in this 71-acre nature preserve found in the heart of Tacoma or bring the kids to the nature-themed playground.
  2. Explore Point Defiance Park
    (5400 N. Pearl St.)
    More than 760 acres of lush forest and gardens; scenic views; gorgeous waters for boating, fishing or swimming; a living history museum; beautiful hiking trails and a world-class zoo and aquarium make Point Defiance a perennial favorite.
  3. christmas snowDiscover what life was like in the 1850s at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum
    (in Point Defiance Park, 5400 N. Pearl St. #11)
    There's lots to explore and learn at this living history museum where volunteers and staff, in period clothing, demonstrate the crafts of the 19th century and engage visitors in historic dialogue.
  4. Launch your boat or fish from the pier at Point Defiance Marina (5912 N. Waterfront Dr.)
    You can drop a line for fish or rent a boat and cruise the scenic waterways, watch local fishermen weigh and clean their prized catch, and walk the promenade to Owen Beach.
  5. Find a playground and bring the kids to swing, slide and play.
    Discover a playground in your neighborhood using the Park Finder tool on this website.
  6. Take a self-guided tree tour around Wright Park Arboretum
    (501 South I St.)
    Wright Park’s 27-acre site includes a rich collection of native and exotic trees, many of which are over 100 years old.  You can pick up a free Champion Tree Tour Booklet in the Conservatory gift shop or  download from the website.
  7. Kids on bikes near Point RustonDive, rollerblade, jog or walk along  Ruston Way
    With panoramic views of Commencement Bay, public art pieces, picnic tables, restaurants and lots of people watching opportunities, this two-mile stretch of the waterfront is a great place to enjoy being outdoors.
  8. Hike, walk, or ride your mountain bike at  Swan Creek Park
    (E. 42nd St. & Roosevelt Ave.)
    The park is popular for bird watching, hiking, walking, picnicking and now it's the home of Tacoma's first trail system for mountain bikes!
  9. Bring your furry friend outside to discover Tacoma's  off-leash dog parks
    Off-leash parks throughout town make it fun to let your pup romp and play.
  10. Tee off at  Meadow Park Golf Course
    Challenge your friends to a round of Golf or FootGolf. Winter is the best time to play--there are no crowds!