Ruston Ruston & Point Defiance in Tacoma, WA

Ruston & Point Defiance Business District is the city’s gateway to one of the nation’s largest municipal parks. At the entrance to Point Defiance Park, this neighborhood district has the distinction of being our northernmost business district—it is also the only one located in the City of Tacoma and in the City of Ruston. Situated along both sides of North Pearl Street, you’d never know it straddles the boundary between the two municipalities—you will feel right at home on either side of the street!

From quaint and inviting cafes, to beautiful rose gardens this district is the perfect place to spend a Sunday afternoon. Point Defiance Zoo and Point Defiance Go-Karts make entertaining children a breeze and this area also plays host to many community friendly events year-round. Just up the hill from one of the state’s biggest new developments, Point Ruston, you’ll find the best of both worlds.

Find Ruston & Point Defiance from the south by heading north on Pearl St. from State Route 16; from the south east by following Ruston Way along the waterfront until you reach the City of Ruston.



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Tacoma celebrates National Night Out 2016

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Services in Point Defiance and Ruston

Financial services, churches, spas and more in Point Defiance/Ruston district Chevron Gas Station 5043 N. Pearl (253) 759-7602 Edward Jones Investments 5810 N. 51st (253) 752-7401 website The Ruston Chapel 5129 N. Pearl Ruston, WA 98407 (253) 228-0358 website Urban Oasis Spa Services 4925 N. Shirley St. Ruston, WA 98407 (253) 691-1834 website Wren & …

Things to do in Point Defiance and Ruston

Attractions and activities in Tacoma’s Point Defiance and Ruston district Point Ruston 5219 N. Shirley St. Ruston, WA 98407 (253) 759-8400 website Ruston Recreational 5102 N. Winnifred (253) 759-8151 The Commencement Building 5204 N. Bennett (253) 752-0301 website BACK to Ruston Point Defiance district page

Eat & Drink in Ruston and Point Defiance

Restaurants, bars and cafes in Tacoma’s Point Defiance/Ruston district Antique Sandwich Company 5102 N Pearl St Tacoma, WA 98407 (253) 752-4069 website Don’s Ruston Market 5219 Winnifred Ruston, WA 98407 (253) 759-8151 BACK to Ruston Point Defiance district page

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