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Ultimate Guide to Wright Park- Tacoma,WA

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Wright Park is a 27-acre park located near downtown Tacoma and was developed in the 1880’s and designed by Edward O. Schwagerl. This is one of our go to parks for a day out with the kids and can be a great place to have a picnic with your spouse or to have your daily walk. 

This Vibrant park is fully equipped with playgrounds, a splash pad, basketball court, a pond, plenty of picnic tables, lots of shaded areas and even a conservatory garden.

 I have taken my two little ones to this park many times and it is one of our favorite parks. Here is our guide to Wright park. 

Where is Wright Park Located?

Wright park is located  at 501 S I ST in Tacoma (near downtown). This park is 8 minutes from the Tacoma Art Museum. 

How Much Does it cost to Visit the park?

The cost is absolutely free and is a part of the Tacoma Metro Parks.

Is there an accessible path?

Yes, this park does have an accessible path. 

What are the park hours? 

Wright Park is open ½ hr before sunrise and closes ½ hour after sunset 

Is there parking at Wright Park in Tacoma?

There is free parking on the adjacent street, however there is no dedicated parking lot for the park. With that in mind it is a good idea to visit the park in the mornings or during the weekdays to ensure that you can find a close parking spot. 

What is the best season to visit the park?

May thru August during the summer months are great, especially for families with little ones that will enjoy the splash park. There are plenty of shade areas so the heat is no problem. You can really visit this park anytime of the year. 

The Playground

playground at wright park in tacoma

Is there a playground area for toddlers?

Yes, there is a little playground that is lower for our little toddlers that is connected to the larger playground. 

Are there swings at the park?

swings at the playground at wright park in tacoma

Yes, there are swings at the park. 

There are swings for all kids of all ages (there are the regular swings, 1 high back swing, and baby swings). 

Is there a splash pad at the park?

splash park at wright park tacoma

Yes, there is 1 splash pad (sprayground). 

You and your kiddos will absolutely love this splashpad. It has water spraying from the ground, high water buckets that fall down (the kids loved that one), and water shooters. 

The splash park also has seating around the splash site and most of the seating was shaded, which was awesome in the summer heat.  

What time does the splash pad turn on?

The splash pad is open from 10am – 8 pm daily during the summer. In late May/ Early September the splash pad is open on weekends. Here are the splash pad times.

Is there a lawn bowling area?

Yes, there is a lawn bowling area that you can reserve during the summer. 

What restaurants are near Wright park?

  • Mc. Donalds,(0.3 miles away) s 802 Tacoma Ave S, Tacoma, WA 98402
  • All american, kids meals, chicken, burgers 
  • Jimmy Johns  (0.4 miles  away) 636 N 1st St, Tacoma, WA 98403
  • Fresh sandwiches, similar to Subway
  • Subway (0.6 miles away) 902 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402
  • Fresh sandwiches 
  • Jack in the box  (0.9 miles), 2054 6th Ave, Tacoma, WA 98403
  • All american, chickens sandwiches, nuggets, burgers, shakes and more 
  • Dominios Pizza (1.0 mile away), 805 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402
    – WE ALL LOVE PIZZA! 
  • Chicken (southern), has chicken strips, mac and cheese, and more 
  • Similar to KFC/ POPEYES 

TIP: Instead of going out to eat you can pack a lunch and have a picnic. Kids will love it and it is cheaper for you (Win, WIn). There is also a grocery store not too far away, check out my list below of grocery stores near the park. 

Where is the closest grocery store?

  • Safeway (.7 miles away), 1112 S M St, Tacoma, WA 98405
  • This grocery store is a part of the Kroger family. Similar to FRY’S, QFC, FRED MEYER

What is there to do near Wright park in tacoma?

Children’s museum ( 1.1 miles away), 1501 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402

Tacoma art museum (1.9 miles away), 1701 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402

Are there restrooms onsite?

Yes, there is a restroom right near the splash park. 

Are there picnic areas at Wright Park?

Yes, there are plenty of picnic tables or you can always have a picnic on the grass. There are a limited number of ramadas, however they are first come first serve. 

W.W. Seymour Conservatory Garden 

conservatory garden at wright park tacoma

The garden is absolutely beautiful and has a few sculptures, a small pond with koi fish and a small waterfall. Walking through the garden is pretty quick and you can walk through in about 5- 10 minutes. 

How much does it cost?

Admission to the conservatory garden is FREE!  

Donations are also accepted 

What are the hours of the conservatory?

The hours are Wed – Sun 10 am – 4 pm 

Is there a gift shop?

Yes, there is a gift shop inside of the conservatory garden.

If you have any questions regarding the garden you can contact at (253) 404- 3975 

Why Should You Visit Wright Park?

  • Have a picnic 
  • Complete your daily exercise for the day 
  • Take your kids to play and have fun. 
  • Kids can cool off in the splash pad during the summer 
  • Explore the W.W. Seymour Conservatory garden 
  • Take your dog on a walk 
  • Enjoy nature!

Looking for more parks in Tacoma, check out Wapato Park for a nice family park around Wapato lake near multiple restaurants.

Amenities 

Splash Pad – Yes

Sports Fields – NO

Dog Park – NO

Garden – YES 

Lighting – YES

Art/Sculptures – YES 

Trees/Shade – YES – Plenty 

Walking/ Bike Paths – YES 

Hiking Trails 

Lake – NO

Pond – YES

Parks and Rec – NO

Public Pool – NO

Cafe – No 

Museum – NO 

Restrooms – YES 

Who should I contact If I have a question related to Wright Park?

For questions related to the park, please contact Tacoma Metro Parks at (253) 305 – 1000.

Fun Fact: There are more than 600 trees in this park!