Every year the Thea Foss waterway in Tacoma opens it arms and says ‘Come Visit’ us and see how amazing Tacoma really is! The Maritime Festival is an annual event, the 20th for 2012, and offers all kinds of free fun for families on Aug 25th and 26th. You can tour the Port of Tacoma by train or by boat, for free or participate in a boat building contest. My building skills are not great, but if yours are and you have a bunch of friends that want to have fun, the pictures look pretty neat from years past.
The festival has Pirates, Music, Food, and I have also seen a fishing tank there put on by the local union. This really is a great event!
Park at the Tacoma Dome and take the Link Light Rail to the very last stop, Theater District
The Festival runs a shuttle bus (every 20 min) from that stop to the festival – ALL FREE
If you want to pay for parking downtown or on the waterway, you can, but its not advisable unless you are trying to catch the 1st boat or train. The Link Light rail starts at 10am, so does the festival events.
SATURDAY – Festival & Boat Building & Train rides
Set up: 7-9am
Cost is $60/team with no more than 3 people per team ($20 ea person)
Teams Supply their own tools, but the boat building materials are provided…
There are more rules/information, but you need to look HERE for more information.
Mark your calendar to ride the rail around the Tacoma Tideflats at Tacoma Rail’s open house. Learn how Tacoma’s own freight-switching service supports the economic health of the Port of Tacoma and the Tideflats industries.
In addition to free train rides, you will be able to walk through a locomotive, view railroad maintenance equipment, visit the locomotive shops, see two large model railroad layouts, have your face painted, visit with clowns, play a game, eat food… and more! Children will receive a token of their visit.
SUNDAY – Festival & Boat rides
The free Port of Tacoma Boat Tours provide a close-up look at one of the largest container ports in the United States.
Boat tour boarding is first-come, first-serve. Best to arrive 30 minutes prior to sailing times. For those who need special assistance boarding, the last tour at 4:00pm will have the highest tide and will make boarding easier.