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During Your Reunion Stay

There are a host of opportunities to see and to take advantage of in the Pacific Northwest during our 60 Plus Clover Park High School Class Reunion.  We offer just a few suggestions, including The Fair.  In particular, we do recommend to those traveling from outside the immediate region that you visit the following website for more current information about ongoing events in Tacoma and the surrounding area during your stay:

www.traveltacoma.com

The News Tribune (TNT) publishes its small "GO" Section on Fridays.  The 'on-line' version contains more information.  It has a number of suggestons for eating plus offers what's going on entertainment-wise for the weekend as well as over  the week ahead.

Also, simply "click" on the list below to find more information, particularly about potential places to stay.
 
Tacoma Art Museum
1701 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA
United States


Contact:
253-284-4750
www.TacomaArtMuseum.org
Since our 2011 Reunion, the Tacoma Art Museum acquired the astonishing fine American Western Art Collection donated by the Haub Family.  A new wing was added to the Museum in order to house the whole collection.
Museum of Glass
1801 Dock Street
Tacoma, WA
United States


Contact:
253-284-2125
www.museumofglass.org
Inspired by the work of Dale Chihuly and other noted Northwest glass artists plus major local funding, the Museum of Glass was created as a working museum.  Daily glass blowing in the massive 'hot house' is worth the price of admission.  Nice displays of artists from around the world can be seen in the museum plus there is a unique gift shop which is accessible without paying the price of admission.

The Museum celebrartes its 20th Anniversay this September.  It is open Wednesday - Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm 
Washington State History Museum
1911 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA
United States


Contact:
253-272-9747
www.washingtonhistory.org
The History Museum is located in a 'triange area' with the Museum of Glass and the Tacoma Art Museum.  It also houses a very nice gift shop which can be visited without paying the museum admission fee. 
Harmon Brewery & Eatery just across the street offers a quick lunch.
Pt. Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
5400 N Pearl Street
Tacoma, WA
United States


Contact:
253-404-3800
www.pdza.org
If you have any grandkids with you, or just enjoy seeing a zoo and aquarium in one place, this is a nice setting. Most of the animal exhibits have undergone a major renovaton within the past few years.  Fort Nisqually can also be found in the larger park itself.

In September, the Zoo hours are:  9:00 am to 3:30 pm Monday - Friday, and 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday and Sunday.

The Point Defiance Park is now connected by a walking/bicycle trail down to the center of Tacoma, all part of Metro Parks Tacoma.  This visionary work took decades to complete, and has become a most welcome attraction for meandering along the Ruston Way Waterfront and Conmencement Bay. The trail also connects to Tacoma's major museum attractions.
Northwest Trek Wildlife Park
11610 Trek Drive East
Eatonville, WA
United States


Contact:
360-832-6117
www.nwtrek.org
A 700-acre Metro Parks of Tacoma park located out in the County.  It displays Northwest animals (from the wolverine to the cougar) in a nature setting & offers a 45 minute tram ride (handicap accessible) through the free roaming core area housing elk, deer, caribou, moose, bison, etc. An automobile drive-thru option is now available.  However, please contact Trek directly for booking information. Five miles of walking trails are also available for those desiring additional exercise.  Don't miss the new overhead eagle viewing area.

After a long planing process, Trek opened up a new "childrens'' play zone.  This is definitely a 'plus addition' for any child accompanying you to the park. 


From September 6th  to 30th, the Park is open:  Monday - Friday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm: and Saturday & Sunday 09:30 am to 5:00 pm.
 
Lakewold Gardens
12317 Gravelly Lake Drive SW
Lakewood, WA
United States


Contact:
253-584-4106
www.lakewoldgardens.org
The 10 acres of rare and native plants on the historic lanmark estate overlooking Gravelly Lake offer a relaxing place to stroll during your Reunion stay.  During September, the Gardens are open Wednesdays - Sundays from 11 AM to 5 PM.  Do visit the gift shop during your walk. 
The Washington Fair
110 9th Avenue SW
Puyallup, WA
United States


Contact:
253-841-5053
www.thefair.com
Remember the "school free" day to visit the Puyallup Fair, plus free entrance tickets?  Here's your chance to relive some memories.  The Fair, now called the Washington Fair, takes place September 2nd - 25th this year and will be ongoing during our reunion.  As they say -- "Do the Puyallup!!"  As an important side note, our classmate Saxon 'Bill' Rawlings wrote both the music and the tune for the musical jingle back in 1976.

Among attractions this year, we find The Beach Boys on September 5th at 6 pm, county music artists Josh Turner on Thursday September 8th at 6:30 pm and Matt Stell (Dancin' in the Dirt Party) on Friday September 9th at 9 pm, plus the very popular Puyallup Rodeo on Sunday September 11th.
Whatever your taste, the Fair is bound to have what you seek entertainment wise as well as a plethora of food choices.  

If you are not on the golf course during the morning of September 9th, you may wish to take time to watch Western Rodeo Parade and Cattle Drive along Meridian Street in downtown Puyallup, starting at 10 am.  The rodeo program begins at 1 pm inside the fair grounds.
Lakewood History Museum
6114 Motor Avenue SW
Lakewood, WA
United States


Contact:
253-588-6354
contact@lakewoodhistorica 
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www.lakewoodhistorical.or 
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Located on the south side of the Lakewood's  Colonial Center, the Museum is well worth a short visit to gain a better appreciation of the community we lived in for many years.  There are a number of displays -- a homestead cabin as well as a local newspaper and post office. Not to be missed is the collection of old high school yearbooks.  The museum is small but a true gem! 

The museum is open Wednesday - Saturday from 12 to 4 p.m. 
LeMay - America
2702 East D Street
Tacoma, WA
United States


Contact:
253-779-8490
www.americascarmuseum.org
Since our 50th Class Reunion, the large car museum opened in 2012 and has some 350 cars on display at any time.  While the 3,000 plus collection Harold LeMay assembled during his lifetime has been reduced, the collection on display is most impressive.  The museum is open 10 am to 5 pm Thursday thru Monday.
   
The Tacoma museum is only part of the LeMay collection.  Another 1,500 cars are held at the LeMay Family Collection in Marymount on 84 acres with some 500 vehicles normally on display at any time. [325 152nd Street East, Tacoma, WA 98445; tel. no. 253-272-2336; www.lemaymarymount.org]  The facility is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 am to 5 pm and on Sundays, 12 to 5 pm. Visiting hours are dependent on weather conditions, so call ahead if you plan to visit.

Car 'aficionados'  -- enjoy yourselves! 
Lakewood Community Center
9112 Lakewood Drive SW
Lakewood, WA
United States


Contact:
253-798-4177
Need some exercise during your stay?  Consider the Pierce County Parks and Recreation programs.  In Lakewood, the Lakewood Communty Center has a "Drop-In Program." Unfortunately the pickle ball courts are not available at this time..  However, they are at the Sprinkler Communty Center in Spanaway.  Contact them at 253-798-4000 for more information.   
Of note, this spring, the State Legislature declared Pickleball to be the offical sport of Washington State!
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Foss Waterway Seaport
705 Dock Street
Tacoma, WA
United States


Contact:
253-272-2750
www.fosswaterwayseaport.o 
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As one of the major museums in Tacoma, the Seaport museum is devoted to the history of the city's maritime heritge. The Seaport museum is located in a century-old wooden wheat warehouse, built for cargo arriving by rail and departing by sailing vessels.  The building also houses a boat shop along with the museum's heritage exhibits.

The museum if open to the public 10:00 am to 4 :00 pm Thursday thru Sunday.