How to Spend a Day in Tacoma

We started our day in Tacoma by going to Shake Shake Shake.  I’ve had it on my list of “restaurants to visit” for a while and it came highly recommended by several friends.  We walked in and I instantly loved the decor of this retro-themed restaurant.  After perusing the menu, I decided on the Nutella shake (I obviously had to order a milkshake) and it was love at first sip.  We arrived as they were switching over to lunch, around 11, so we were able to order from the breakfast and lunch menu. The burgers were good, the breakfast was awesome and their shake was fantastic. My daughter ordered the waffles and they tasted like a yummy and crispy donut/waffle hybrid.  From their friendly service to their crispy shoe-string fries, I loved everything about this place and so did my kiddos.  I can’t wait to go back. I totally get what all the hype is about.

Stadium High School was our next stop.  Just around the corner from Shake Shake Shake, this Tacoma landmark looks more like a castle than a high school. You might recognize it from the movie “10 Things I hate about you”. It has a huge stadium (hence the name) with lots and lots of stairs.  There is a nice big parking garage with plenty of parking (as long as school’s out) and a good view for taking pictures.  There were a lot of people working out, going up and down the stairs and running around the track/football field.  My kids had a blast racing around the track, just be careful on the stairs, you wouldn’t want to fall down those!

After our workout at the stadium, we took a drive down Ruston Way and found a little store on the waterfront called Northern Fish http://northernfish.com/retail-locations.  They have fresh fish to take home or you can order a hot meal like fish and chips, to eat at one of the nearby picnic tables.  If you take a left as you are walking out of the building, you will quickly find a nice beach and a little further down is the Chinese Reconciliation Park http://www.tacomachinesepark.org/.  This is a great area to explore, whether you’re walking hand in hand on a date or with your kids who insist on playing in the sand and throwing rocks in the water.  It was a perfect way to end our day.  Have you been to Tacoma recently?  What places would you recommend?  

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