ALUMNI WEEKEND: THE BEST OF TACOMA

Steeped in tradition, emanating innovation, Tacoma is a hidden gem and one of the best kept secrets in the Northwest. Whether the last time you visited was 1965 or you never left, T-Town has a tremendous amount to offer, from spectacular natural beauty to eclectic culture to delicious dives. Here are some ideas for spending 36 hours in our delightful city. (Photographs by Larry Abraham, retired AWS staffmember)

Museums to explore

1701 Pacific Ave | 253.272.4258

Tacoma’s Art Museum, located in the heart of downtown features over 5,300 works of art and emphasizes the works of artists from the northwest region. Check out the largest retrospective of glass art by Dale Chihuly or a collection of Japanese Woodblock prints. The museum has gained a national reputation and is known for “presenting art in a thought-provoking yet accessible manner”. 

1801 Dock St | 253.284.4750

This stunning museum, located on Tacoma’s waterfront has dedicated itself to the medium of glass. Visitors can explore endless exhibitions both inside and outside this architecturally unique museum or watch glass-blowing art in real-time. The Hot Shop hosts visiting artists who demonstrate their processes and works for audiences. 

1911 Pacific Ave | 253.272.3500

Historians can appreciate this museums’ dedication to presenting, collecting, and preserving Washington’s rich and storied history. Interactive exhibits, high-tech displays, storytelling and a variety of artifacts make this museum enjoyable for the whole family. 

2702 E D St | 253.779.8490

Lemay is one of the world’s largest auto museums. The massive building, next to the Tacoma Dome, is home to 350 cars, trucks and motorcycles from private owners and the LeMay collection (famous for a Guinness Book world record 3,500 vehicles in the 1990s). Aimed at preserving the history of the world's automotive culture, this museum is quite a trip.

1501 Pacific Ave | 253.627.6031

Originally opened in 1986, the museum moved to a specially designed modern space downtown in 2012. The five main areas include Woods, Water, Voyager, Invention and a studio for art and science activities. A full-service coffee and snack bar sets a relaxed tone for parents too.
    • Tacoma Art Museum

Take in the great outdoors

Point Defiance Park 

The 760-acre park contains more than 14 miles of trails comprising natural forest and saltwater beaches, along with a zoo, aquarium, a living history museum, extensive gardens and a boathouse. 
Main Attractions: 

5912 Waterfront Dr
 
5400 N Pearl St

5400 N Pearl St 

5400 N Pearl St 


Ruston Way Waterfront 

Just blocks away from Annie Wright, the Ruston Way Waterfront provides a picture-perfect stroll along the Puget Sound. Walk along and take in stunning views of the mountains or watch parasailers on the water. Ruston way also has small eateries so it is a great place to grab a bite to eat or watch the sunset on the beach! 


Chihuly Glass Bridge 

A partnership between renowned Tacoma-born artist Dale Chihuly, the Museum of Glass and the city of Tacoma, the bridge is a 500-foot pedestrian overpass installed with a glass ceiling displaying more than 2,000 sea life-inspired glass pieces, two forty-foot crystal towers, and a wall of more than 100 Venetian, Japanese and Renaissance-inspired blown glass sculptures.
  
    • Lemay

Live your best life

933 Market St | 253.282.7203

This lively club hosts a variety of nighttime events including comedy shows, open mike nights, and trivia nights. They also offer a full menu of food and drink. 

2713 6th Ave | 253.503.0982

A great gathering spot, the Triple Knock is a bar and arcade. They have plenty of games to play with friends as well as pinball machines. 

2803 6th Ave | 253.396.9169 

This restaurant and nightclub has a full calendar of events including DJs, comedians, jazz and more. They also serve bar and comfort food. 

3806 N 26th St | 253.752.5200

Chalet Bowl is a Tacoma staple and a family-owned bowling alley. Rent out a lane with your friends or reserve it for a private group event. 

606 Fawcett Ave | 253.593.4744

This theater is a home for independent, international, and local film. Enjoy a flick with your friends in its authentic, intimate atmosphere. 

SOME OF OUR FAVORITE RESTAURANTS

The Social Bar and Grill 
1715 Dock St. | 253.301.3835

Located on the Thea Foss Waterway this bar and grill features stunning views and local, fresh ingredients. 
  • Cuisine: New American
  • Cost: $$
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Private Events: Yes
  • Reservations: Yes

Indochine Asian Dining Lounge
1924 Pacific Avenue | 253.272.8200

Set in downtown Tacoma, this Thai fusion restaurant offers exquisite food in an aesthetically pleasing, refined setting. 
  • Cuisine: Thai/Asian Fusion
  • Cost: $$
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Private Events: Yes
  • Reservations: Yes

Stanley & Seafort’s
115 E 34th St | 253.473.7300

A Tacoma landmark with panoramic views overlooking downtown and the busy Commencement Bay harbor.
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse/American 
  • Cost: $$$
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Private Events: Yes
  • Reservations: Yes

Indo Asian Street Eatery
110 N Tacoma Ave | 253.503.3527

This casual eatery is located close to Annie Wright and is the perfect place to experience southeast Asian street food in a comforting environment. 
  • Cuisine: Asian Fusion
  • Cost: $$
  • Outdoor Seating: No
  • Private Events: No
  • Reservations: No

Salmone’s Pizza
24 N Tacoma Ave | 253.444.2646

For a quick bite to eat close to campus, head over to this pizza joint for an authentic New York slice. Fun fact: Salmone’s is owned and operated by an AWS family! 
  • Cuisine: Pizza
  • Cost: $
  • Outdoor Seating: No
  • Private Events: No
  • Reservations: No

El Gaucho
2119 Pacific Ave | 253.272.1510

For a night of fine dining, this iconic Tacoma staple offers exceptional food and an upscale atmosphere.
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse/Seafood
  • Cost: $$$$
  • Outdoor Seating: No
  • Private Events: Yes
  • Reservations: Yes

Wooden City 
714 Pacific Ave | 253.503.0762

Great drinks, comforting American cuisine, and sincere hospitality in the heart of downtown Tacoma. 
  • Cuisine: Tapas/Small Plates and American
  • Cost: $$
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Private Events: No
  • Reservations: Yes

The Table
2715 6th Avenue | 253.327.1862

This farm-to-table restaurant pays homage to the culinary history of the pacific northwest and provides a communal dining experience.
  • Cuisine: New American
  • Cost: $$
  • Outdoor Seating: No
  • Private Events: Yes
  • Reservations: Yes
 
The Fish Peddler
1199 Dock Street | 253.627.2158

This waterfront restaurant has amazing high-quality seafood and a relaxed atmosphere. 
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Cost: $$
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Private Events: No
  • Reservations: No

Shake Shake Shake
125 N Tacoma Ave | 253.507.4060

This retro take on a classic diner serves delicious burgers, fries, and shakes and is hit with kids. 
  • Cuisine: Fast Food
  • Cost: $$
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Private Events: No
  • Reservations: No

FUN FACTS

DID YOU KNOW?
  • Singer and actor Bing Crosby was born in Tacoma, in a house his father built a couple of blocks from Annie Wright at 1112 North J Street.
  • New York Yankees third baseman and shortstop Alex Rodriguez played for the Tacoma Rainiers before hitting the big leagues.

FILMED IN TACOMA
Annie Wright was featured front and center in the 1927 silent film Eyes of the Totem. Scenes from the following movies were also shot right here in T-Town:
  • An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)
  • Three Fugitives (1989)
  • Say Anything (1989)
  • I Love You to Death (1990)
  • The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992)
  • Prefontaine (1997)
  • 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

Contact

Annie Wright Schools
827 North Tacoma Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98403
253.272.2216

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Founded in Tacoma, Washington, in 1884, Annie Wright Schools serve students from age three through high school. Annie Wright Lower and Middle Schools offer coed programs in Preschool through Grade 8, while separate Upper Schools for girls and boys offer day and boarding options in Grades 9 through 12. Annie Wright is proud to be an International Baccalaureate World School.