A guide for students and visitors
to the UW Tacoma neighborhood

Explore Tacoma

The UW Tacoma neighborhood is just the beginning of the great things Tacoma has to offer. Here are some nearby neighborhoods worth exploring and tips on things you shouldn't miss.

 

Theater District

Theater District

Theater and performing arts are alive and well in Tacoma’s Theater District. The Broadway Center presents world-class artists at three Tacoma theaters: Pantages, Rialto and Theatre on the Square. The theaters are home to many art groups offering a variety of year-round entertainment. Each year, the theaters play host to ballets, symphonies, live comedy, musicals, concert bands, popular music and other special events. From May to October you'll also find the Broadway Farmer's Market here along Commerce Street.

Where: Along S. 9th Street between Commerce and Market Streets

How to get there: Link light rail (northbound)

Distance from UW Tacoma: 0.8 miles

 

Stadium District

Stadium District

Named for the grand, historic Stadium High School (originally intended to be a luxury hotel), this neighborhood just north of downtown includes an urban oasis of open green space in Wright Park and the W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory. There's also the independent Grand Cinema and a host of great little delis and shops. Don't miss Frisko Freeze on the far side of the park along Division Avenue, Tacoma's version of Dick's Drive-in.

Where: Between South 7th and Division Avenue and Broadway and MLK Jr. Way (roughly)

How to get there: Bus (Pierce Transit Rte #1 northbound); Link light rail (northbound) plus 8 blocks walking

Distance from UW Tacoma: 1.5 miles

 

Dome District

Dome District

Part of Tacoma's industrial core, the Dome District is home to two major attractions: the Tacoma Dome it's named for and Freighthouse Square. The Dome is the largest entertainment venue in Piece County and hosts everything from pop concerts to home shows to monster truck rallies. Freighthouse Square is an historic train depot -- and still serves as the station for the Sounder train -- reborn as a shopping destination. Currently, it's biggest draw is the food court. You can also find the LeMay Museum here, across the street from the Tacoma Dome.

Where: Along East 25th between East D and East G Streets

How to get there: Link light rail train (southbound)

Distance from UW Tacoma: 0.9 miles

 

Hilltop

Hilltop

Yes, Hilltop has an infamous reputation but that's largely in the past. Today, it's an up-and-coming neighborhood with some great hole-in-the-wall restaurants including the iconic Fish House Cafe, Le-Le Restaurant and Papa Jones BBQ.

Where: Along Martin Luther King Jr. Way between South 19th and South 9th

How to get there: Bus (Pierce Transit Rte #1 northbound) plus 6 blocks walking or just walk straight up the hill

Distance from UW Tacoma: 1.3 miles
 

6th Avenue

6th Avenue District

Looking for a night out? The 6th Avenue corridor is the place to go. Lined with trendy restaurants and clubs like Asado, Primo Grill, Jazzbones and Red Hot, this is the spot to have some fun. Just be friendly with the UPS students who consider this their home turf. The famed MSM Deli and Southern Kitchen are also nearby.

Where: 6th Avenue between South Sprague and South Alder Streets

How to get there: Drive, Bus (Pierce Transit Rte #1 northbound)

Distance from UW Tacoma: About 2.5 miles
 

Lincoln District

Lincoln District

Like Seattle's International District, the Lincoln neighborhood is where you will find a heavy concentration of Asian restaurants, markets and shops representing many cultures.

Where: Along S. 38th Street between Pacific and S. Thompson Avenues

How to get there: Drive, Bus (Pierce Transit Rte. 1 southbound)

Distance from UW Tacoma: 1.5 miles
 

Point Defiance Park

Point Defiance Park

This 702-acre park is a popular destination for more than two million people each year. Natural forest, saltwater beaches, flower gardens and spectacular views offer numerous possibilities for hiking, recreation, and communing with nature. The park includes Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and the Fort Nisqually Living History Museum.

Where: 5400 North Pearl Street

How to get there: Drive, Bus (Pierce Transit Rte. 1 to TCC then Rte. 10 northbound)

Distance from UW Tacoma: 7 miles