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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 55th Clover Park High School Class Reunion.  We offer just a few suggestions.  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 Tacoma News Tribune (TNT) publishes its "GO" Section on Fridays.  It has a number of suggestons for eating plus offers what's going on entertainment-wise for the weekend as well as the week ahead.

Also, simply "click" on the list below to find more information, particularly about places to stay.

If you plan to visit a number of the Tacoma Museums, you might consider purchasing a Tacoma Museum Pass 7-day pass. Contact the State History Museum (253-272-9747) for on-line purchase information. 
Tacoma Art Museum
1701 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA
United States


Contact:
253-272-4258
www.TacomaArtMuseum.org
Since our 2011 Reunion, the Tacoma Art Museum acquired the astonishing collection of fine Western Art 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.
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. Definace Zoo & Aquarium
5400 N Pearl Street
Tacoma, WA
United States


Contact:
253-591-5337
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.
Northwest Trek Wildlife Park
11610 Trek Drive East
Eatonville, WA
United States


Contact:
360-832-7169
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 reserved for elk, deer, caribou, moose, bison, etc.  Five miles of walking trails are also available for those desiring additional exercise.

After a long planing process, Trek opened up a new childrens' play zone this year.  Definitely a 'plus addition' for any child accompanying you to the park. 
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 10 AM to 4 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!" -- and, as an important side note, our classmate Saxon 'Bill' Rawlings wrote both the music and the tune for the musical jingle back in 1976.

This year fairgoers will be treated to the "Discover the Dinosaur" exhibit (Centennial Building), which features 12 giant animatronic dinosuars, which actually move and roar.
Food is never in short supply at the fair, and new comers seem to appear every year selling their specialized gourmet craft.  Among the newcomers is Banks's BBQ from Sumner, which has 20 years experience serving beef brisket, pulled pork and other barbeque delicacies.  Whatever your taste, the Fair is bound to have what you seek food-wise.  

If you are not on the golf course on September 9th, you may wish to take time to watch the rodeo parade and cattle drive on Meridian Avenue in Puyallup beginning at 10 am.  Rodeo action begins at 1 pm at the fair grounds.
Lakewood History Museum
6211 Mt. Tacoma Drive SW
Lakewood, WA
United States


Contact:
253-682-3480
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 daily.
   
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 acreas with some 500 vehicles normally on display at any time. [325 152nd Street East, Tacoma, WA 98445; 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.

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" for those who enjoy, or would like to try, some Pickle Ball or Badminton.  The Communty Center is open Monday through Friday, from 8 am to 5 pm.  However, the Drop-In Progrm for adult Pickle Ball runs three days a week (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) from 7:30 am to noon, with a minimal fee of $3.  For the Badminton folks, the floors are open from 7:30 pm to 10 pm on Mondays only, with a nominal charge of $4 for court fees and shuttlecocks. 
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.  It will be hosting the Northwest Stream Society on the weekend of our reunion.  While the collection of the small steamers can be seen at the same time as our Saturday reunion event, they will also be displayed and moored on Sunday, September 11th from 12 pm to 4 pm.  Demonstrations will be offered with possible rides for the more active.

The Tall Ship Festival, just concluded this past Augujst 19-23, will be held again in June 2017. 

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.