It may not look like it, but I’m told summer is on the way! Here’s an outing with a beautiful picnic spot, beach for wading, and a lighthouse keeper’s cottage with free tours! It’s Brown’s Point Lighthouse Park in Northeast Tacoma.
Mapquest does a good job of getting you to this little gem. You’ll feel like you’re lost since you have to wind through a serious of small, neighborhood streets. I promise you’re not. The park itself is at the end of Tulalip St, after the dead end sign.
It offers gorgeous, rolling lawns with picnic tables and a prime slice of waterfront for beach combing.
I’ve never been there and found more than a handful of other visitors, usually folks from the neighborhood. It might be because there are maybe six parking spots-that’s it. There is a big, empty parking lot right next door, but it’s private property, and they don’t want to share. I honestly don’t know what to tell you to do if the spots are full, because the streets are way too small to park on. I think maybe you could drive up to the playground, park, and walk down, but it would sure be a trek. I honestly think if it’s full, you might be better off getting back on Marine Drive and heading to Redondo. If someone has a better idea, do share!
During the summer months, you can also tour the lighthouse keeper’s cottage, the history museum, the boathouse, and ring the bell. Tours run until November from 1-4 on Saturdays. It really is charming, and there is plenty that kids are allowed to touch. Tours are free.
You can also rent the lighthouse keeper’s quarters for 800.00 a week. Now, that’s a little out of our staycation budget, but it’s a pretty screaming deal for a week at a waterfront house (it’s got cable and wifi, too). Hey, hasn’t your mother in law always wanted to be a lighthouse keeper??? You can get much more information on the history of the lighthouse, rentals, and more from the Points Northeast Historical Society.
Want to spill the beans on your family’s favorite little beach outing? I’d love to hear about it!