If you haven’t been to the playground and sprayground at Tacoma’s Titlow Park, you should go!
The equipment was installed a few years ago, and it was a great addition to this unique park that has tons to offer for Tacoma area families.
You get there by following 6th avenue all the way down to the water. The last bit is windy, so don’t get distracted by those big eye fulls of the Narrows Bridge and the water.
There is a nice amount of parking right by the playground/sprayground area.
The playground features a colorful, boat themed structure for smaller kids, as well as climbing apparatus and spinning things for the older set and swings. There is a nice mix for different ages, and although they aren’t fenced off, there is a bit of separation between the smaller and larger structures.
The sprayground is a colorful area that looks almost exactly like the one at the Center at Norpoint, with the addition of spraying rocks. Most of the features are tall and over head-so it’s a bit like running through very cool sprinklers-or a wacky shower! The kids I saw were all having a ball!
There are lots of benches and picnic tables, though few are in the shade. Bring a blanket and sit under one of the many, lovely trees instead.
You should know that this is a Very popular spots, especially during summer months when there are daycamps at the lodge. Don’t go here accepting quiet!
Titlow also features an historic lodge, tennis courts, trails, and you can walk right over to the beach. Probably the easiest/best way to get there is just to turn right on the sidewalk by the playground parking and amble right over. It’s a great place for tidepooling, and you may see scuba divers, too. If you just want to do the beach, and skip the playground, there is some angle in parking that’s a bit closer, but don’t accidentally park in a Steamer’s lot. They’re the closest spots, but they’re not sharing!
After a long closure, I’m happy to report that Steamers is open again. It’s a kid friendly meal, though I personally find the portions a little small and the prices a little high. Boathouse 19 is another option my family has enjoyed, although you’ll note in the comments on this post that reviews are a bit mixed on the service. My strategy? We stop at a taco truck on 6th Ave and have a picnic when we get to the park!
If you do go over to the beach, you’ll want to be careful going over the train crossing. Watching one pass makes for an exciting bonus if you have a train lover!
If you’re in the general Tacoma area, I’d say this spot is easily worth a 30 minute drive. You could easily keep the kids busy here for an afternoon or a day! Just remember your swimsuits and your sunscreen!
If you want to explore the beach or take a hike while you’re here, I have a post here on Hidden Beach at Titlow, and how to get there!