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Waterfront Getaway at Point Ruston

Point Ruston is a waterfront resort village overlooking Commencement Bay just outside of downtown Tacoma. Panoramic views of Puget Sound combine with breathtaking views of both the Olympic Mountains and Mount Rainier.

The Silver Cloud Hotel Tacoma at Point Ruston Waterfront (scheduled to open in Spring, 2021) turns Point Ruston into a destination for visitors or the perfect staycation for locals. The luxury hotel will have a rooftop pool, a luxury spa and a new restaurant. Park once at your hotel and you can access all the area has to offer on foot. Point Ruston offers a variety
of shops and restaurants surrounding the Grand Plaza. ART at Point Ruston is a nonprofit art installation park that provides changing and expanding displays of art curated to enhance the stunning waterfront setting.


The Waterwalk is your gateway to the parks and trails that surround Point Ruston, all within walking distance of your hotel. The 11-acre Dune Peninsula Park and the Frank Herbert Trail are named after the novel “Dune”—referred to as the “first planetary ecology novel on a grand scale”—and its author. The names are appropriate since the park and trail are located on a former superfund site once considered one of the most polluted in the country. The Wilson Way Bridge connects Point Ruston to Point Defiance, the crown jewel of Metro Parks Tacoma.

At Point Defiance Park you will find an old growth forest that local residents have enjoyed for over 100 years, beautifully landscaped grounds and gardens, a beach and a pier with boat rentals. Five-mile drive
meanders through the park and can be enjoyed on foot, bike or car. Park anywhere along the route to access the park’s trail system. Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium has not one but two aquariums with beautifully
landscaped grounds and views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. Insider Tip: Don’t miss the Eyeto- Eye Shark Dives, a dry suit covers your street clothes and you come face to face with more than a dozen massive sharks. The $255 flat-rate fee covers up to four people and includes zoo admission and a GoPro video of your dive.

There is plenty to keep you busy at Point Ruston, but if you want to extend your trip take a day trip by ferry to Vashon Island, visit downtown Tacoma or take a drive up to Mount Rainier. You can easily access all three from Point Ruston. Plan your trip to Tacoma, Washington, at Find all Point Ruston has to offer at

Point Ruston Waterfront Tacoma, WA
Point Ruston Waterfront Tacoma, WA

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