Fort Nisqually

Tacoma, WA

Where are we going?

Fort Nisqually
Five mile Rd
WA 98407

253 591 5339

What is there to do?

Want to hear a really fun fact? Did you know that Fort Nisqually is the first European settlement on Puget Sound? It was also once a bustling trade center that expanded into a large-scale agricultural enterprise.

Sounds like there is a LOT of history to enjoy at Fort Nisqually!

The great thing that kids and families will love at Fort Nisqually, is that it's a living history museum. That means that kids will actually feel like they are back in the 19th century, as the staff and volunteers are dressed in period clothing. 

As you walk around, you can see them demonstrating the crafts, and even speaking in historic dialogue!

Kids will really love the interactive elements at Fort Nisqually, like trying their hand at 19th century games, and even discovering what life was like BEFORE electricity! Can you imagine!?

Make sure you spend time looking at the exhibits at Fort Nisqually, as there are temporary exhibits within the Great Room that showcase objects found in the permanent collection. These give you a fascinating insight into the daily lifes of the historical residents, and the workings of the Hudson Bay Company, of which the fort was part!

All of the exhibits are hands-on for visitors of all ages, so make sure you get stuck in!

Don't miss the fun events that the fort holds across the year! These range from candlelight tours, to bonfires and even a 19th century Christmas celebration!

History really has come to life at Fort Nisqually! Are you ready to step back in time?

How much does it cost?

Adults: $7

Children: $4 (Ages 5 to 17)

Discount: Student, Senior, Active Miliary

Free Under: 4 years

Family Deals: $22


Need a little extra help?

Majority of the experience is accessible, from parking, the store, restrooms, and sensory experiences


When can we go?

11am to 4pm or 5pm.

Year round Wed to Sun. Daily late May to Sept.


Any top tips?

Make sure you take your camera!

Healthy Eating

It's worth having bottled water and healthy snacks with you in your bag so you can keep energized throughout the day! - Fun things to do with kids and best places to visit in the US
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