Blog / March 15, 2019
Locals Recommend How to Spend a Day in Scenic Browns Point
Located in east Tacoma and nestled right along the shimmering waters of Commencement Bay, Browns Point is a destination neighborhood for anyone in the South Sound area. Local resident Jennifer Dovey points out that Browns Point straddles King County and Pierce County, and many people in both counties love venturing to this community to take in the fresh air and the photo-worthy views.
We asked locals for their insider tips on how best to spend a day in Browns Point, and they shared their favorite go-to spots with us. If you’re planning a day in this east Tacoma haven, get ready to take some notes!
Exploring the Outdoors in Browns Point
Dash Point State Park
Terri Reade recommends taking a beautiful walk or hike into Dash Point State Park, a park that borders the Browns Point neighborhood. “For a longer, more challenging hike you can walk all the way to the beach. The trailhead is on Norpoint Way NE, just west of Northshore Parkway,” she adds.
Jennifer Dovey seconds that idea: “Dash Point State park is a must!” She adds that you’ll find “a myriad of trails, picnic enclosures, and camping” opportunities in the park, and with 400+ acres to explore, this park will have you coming back time and time again to see something new with each season. You’ll find 11 miles of hiking trails, 8 miles of biking trails, opportunities for saltwater fishing, swimming and kayaking, and more. It’s also the ideal opportunity to go camping without having to travel far!
Browns Point Lighthouse Park
Maureen Donhauser advises adding a visit to Browns Point Lighthouse Park to your itinerary as well. Visitors can tour the Light Keeper’s Cottage and other historic aspects of the park on Saturdays from May to October. “You can picnic there too… soooo beautiful!” Maureen adds.
Browns Point Lighthouse Park is a favorite spot for Victoria Movchan, too: “I love to visit Browns Point Lighthouse Park! This includes the beautiful historic lighthouse built in 1901 and the house museum. My favorite time of the year to go is during the spring and summer. It’s a great place to spend a sunny afternoon walking your dog along the beach or grassy areas or having a beautiful view picnic along the water. I like to take my son there as he brings a plethora of beach and sand toys and we will sit by the water on a blanket and watch the waves crash or run around with a football on the grassy areas. This is certainly a gem of a place in Browns Point!”
Center at Norpoint
“If it is a rainy day you could always visit the Center at Norpoint which is a great place to burn off breakfast and get ready for happy hour,” shares Terri Reade. This dynamic community center features a pool, a climbing wall, several fitness classes, outdoor outings to participate in, and so much more! “You will love this neighborhood so much you will want to move here!” adds Terri.
If the sun happens to be out, there is a great splash park, zip line, and toys for the kids to play on. It also has an expansive lawn for the adults to lounge on. Pack a picnic basket and blanket, lawn chairs, and bring along a football or frisbee to throw around.
Delicious Dining Spots in Browns Point
Browns Point Diner
“I would start my day visiting with the locals at Browns Point Diner where the breakfast and Bloody Marys are amazing,” recommends Terri Reade. This iconic spot comes highly recommended by John Tidwell, too: “Don’t miss Browns Point Diner—it’s been around forever because of the friendly small-town atmosphere, it’s locally owned and has great food. Visit for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, but don’t pass up the Joe’s Special with a side of pancakes.”
“Finally, for a great happy hour or dinner, visit the Cliff House with awesome views of Commencement Bay, Mt. Rainier, and the Tacoma city skyline,” adds Maureen Donhauser. CJ Campbell especially recommends visiting the Cliff House on sunny days–the view is truly spectacular! In addition to prime views, you’ll also find a premium dining experience at the Cliff House, and their surf ‘n’ turf menu offers the *perfect* way to celebrate a special occasion.
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