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Sound Living: The Waterwalk at Point Ruston

Sound Living: The Waterwalk at Point Ruston


The Waterwalk at Point Ruston is the medium through which people connect and enjoy the unobstructed Puget Sound waterfront. This dynamic pedestrian esplanade, spanning the entire waterfront of the Point Ruston neighborhood, connects Tacoma’s Pt. Defiance Park with Ruston Way and Downtown Tacoma. The Waterwalk provides countless recreational opportunities, accented by thoughtfully appointed benches, manicured gardens, inspired playgrounds and a wide variety of northwest-inspired large-scale mosaics and murals.

The Waterwalk provides access to innumerable quintessential Pacific NW passtimes. Just to name a few, here are some of our favorites!

Tacoma Waterfront Things to Do:



Bring your pooch down to the waterfront to enjoy in a variety of dog-gone tiring activities. Some of our favorites are playing on the beaches of Ruston Way, running along the Waterwalk, and meeting other dogs at the Grand Plaza. You could also try out one of the Surreys from Wheel Fun Rentals and tour the waterwalk area in fun 3 or 4 wheeled style


Parallel to the smooth paved walking path of the Waterwalk, there is also a crushed rock jogging path that meanders alongside the armory at the water’s edge. This jogging path adds another softer terrain to enjoy with the Commencement Bay at your side.


Situated next to Point Ruston’s Grand Plaza, the Point Ruston Ferry Big Toy and swing set is sure to provide hours of waterfront fun for your kiddos. The Big Toy is modeled after the iconic M/V Point Ruston, which is located at the eastern end of the Waterwalk.


Commencement Bay offers waterfront beauty by foot, kayak or paddle board. Access the Puget Sound directly from the Point Ruston Waterwalk and enjoy a paddle along the shoreline overlooking Mt. Rainier.


With such an expansive body of water at our shoreline, Point Ruston is destined to attract boating lovers of all kinds. Fortunately, we share a western border with the Tacoma Yacht Club! Point Ruston is also an active sponsor of regattas like the T-Town Sailing Championships.

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