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12 Things to Do in Puyallup from Fairs to Museums

12 Things to Do in Puyallup from Fairs to Museums

Post created April 26, 2023

Pyullalup, Washington, is a vibrant city located in the heart of Pierce County. With its unique history and culture, Puyallup offers a variety of activities for visitors to enjoy. From the annual Washington State Fair to various museums and historical sites, Puyallup has something for everyone.

If you’re looking for a fun adventure while in Puyallup, there are plenty of activities to choose from. Here are our top 12 activities to check out.

1. Having Fun At The State Fair

Washington State Fair ( Image Credit: Shutterstock / The Image Party)

If you’re looking for a fun experience in Puyallup, you should definitely consider visiting the Washington State Fair. It’s one of the largest fairs in the world, and it offers various activities and entertainment for people of all ages.

I’ve always enjoyed attending the two main fairs held annually: the four-day Spring Fair in April and the more extended 20-day fair in September. The environment is impressive and fun to go to.

When you visit, you’ll find a mix of food and drinks, entertaining shows, and other attractions to keep you entertained. So, if you’re planning a trip to Puyallup, make sure to include the Washington State Fair on your list of must-visit places.

2. Learn About History

For those who are interested in learning about the past, Puyallup has a real gem – the Meeker Mansion. I’ve visited this historic building a few times, and it always impresses me with its fascinating history and architecture.

Built-in 1886 by Ezra Meeker, Puyallup’s first mayor, the mansion showcases the elegant lifestyle he enjoyed during his tenure in the late 1800s. As you step inside, you’ll be amazed by the stained glass windows, period antiques, and hand-painted ceilings.

Before the mansion, the Meeker family used to live in a wooden cabin, which now stands in Pioneer Park.

3. Picnic And Meet New People

Pioneer Park (Image Credit: City of Puyallup)

When you visit Puyallup, be sure to have a picnic at Pioneer Park. It’s a great place to relax and meet new people. The park has a playground with fun equipment like a merry-go-round, slides, and swings. There’s also a spray park to help you cool off on hot days.

Pioneer Park is two acres big and has a grassy area for picnics. You’ll find tables and a pavilion too. You can enjoy chatting with locals and other visitors during your visit, making it more fun.

Besides fun activities, the park has a statue of Ezra Meeker, a pioneer citizen. There’s also a parking lot, restrooms, and a veterans memorial.

4. Compete While Playing Paintball

Paintball (Image Credit: iStock / posonsky)

If you are into paintball, you’re guaranteed to have a good time with friends at Paintball Sports Park in Puyallup. Paintball is a great way to engage in some friendly competition. Here, you get to play a competitive sport for your entertainment and have some fun along the way!

Don’t come expecting to leave unscathed – paintball is a sport where taking a few hits is all part of the fun. Both friends and strangers will share in the excitement, so be prepared to give and take some shots. The staff here are friendly and informative, ensuring you understand the rules and know how to play safely.

This paintball facility offers two fields to choose from. The primary tournament field is designed for those who are experienced players, while the second, a wood-built field, offers a more casual and entertaining environment with various obstacles to navigate.

5. Skate With Friends And Family

Roller Staking Rink (Image Credit: iStock / LightFieldStudios)

Skating with friends and family is a popular activity in Puyallup, especially when you visit Skate Tiffany’s. This popular skating center has been around since the 1970s and has been a go-to spot for many generations.

I loved the atmosphere here. It’s perfect for hanging out with friends. The neon lights, welcoming ambiance, and live music add to the fun.

There were arcade games to enjoy and a tasty food court offering popcorn, cotton candy, and soft drinks. Also, Skate Tiffany’s has a gift store with all kinds of skating gear.

6. Bowl With Friends And Family

(Image Credit: Shutterstock / Boris Medvedev)

Bowling with friends and family is always a blast, and Daffodil Bowl in Puyallup provides the perfect setting for a fun experience. As a family-friendly center, it caters to all ages, including little children who can enjoy bumper bowling lanes to keep their balls from going into the gutters.

The center also features a restaurant with a wide-ranging food menu. We tried chicken tenders, jalapeno peppers, chips & salsa, taco salad, French toast, and their delicious homemade apple fritters.

Altogether, it was a fun experience. If you are thinking of having a fun day with exercise to yourself or with your family, then you should definitely visit Daffodil Bowl.

7. Read Books For Free

The Puyallup Public Library is an ideal spot for spending a morning or afternoon with your family, especially if you have small children. As a visitor, you’ll feel right at home in this welcoming space. It offers a variety of activities and resources for everyone.

People enjoy taking their kids to the library’s dedicated play area, where they can find comfy seats and play with castles and building blocks. The library also provides computers with access to fun and educational games without internet access, ensuring a safe and fun experience for the little ones.

The entire ground floor of the library is dedicated to children’s books, making it easy for them to find exciting reads. The library also has outdoor attractions, including a large playground and a splash park sponsored by local groups. 

Green spaces, eateries, and places to drink are nearby, making it a perfect destination for a fun day with the family.

8. Shop Some Antiques And Build A Collection

3rd Street Antiques offers a delightful shopping experience that makes you feel like you’re stepping back in time. If you’re into antiques or looking to start a collection, this shop in Puyallup is the perfect spot. 

The store’s wide variety of unique and vintage finds ensures you can find almost anything you want.

It’s always a good idea to get connected with your past. So, if you are into antiques and historical things, then 3rd Street Antiques might be the right place for you.

9. Drink Amazing Cider

If you are into Cider, then Cockrell Hard Cider is the perfect place in Puyallup for you. The Roost tasting room offers a cozy and inviting atmosphere designed for a great experience. With excellent quality and a selection of ciders available, it’s no wonder the locals frequently visit this spot.

One of the best things about Cockrell Hard Cider is the consistent experience and quality they provide, making it a must-visit destination for both newcomers and regulars alike. 

I highly recommend stopping by to taste their delicious ciders during your time in Puyallup. You’ll enjoy the flavors, the friendly atmosphere, and the company of fellow cider lovers.

10. Eat Flavorful Indian Foods

Karma Indian Cuisine is a delicious dining spot in Puyallup where you can enjoy some of the best Indian food. Each main dish comes with perfectly cooked rice, and your servers are always ready to provide excellent recommendations.

During my visit, I tried the chicken korma, which was so delicious that my mouth waters just thinking about it. The korma paired perfectly with the naan bread.

The restaurant offers ample space for large tables without feeling crowded. I highly recommend families and food enthusiasts give Karma Indian Cuisine a try.

11. Watch Movies And Play Arcade Games

Movie theater (Image Credit: iStock / LeMusique)

Regal Longston Place 14 offers a fantastic movie-going experience and should be on your list of fun things to do in Puyallup. This beautifully designed movie theater is among the best in the state, ensuring you’ll have a great movie experience with your friends and family.

With a seating capacity of 2,800, the theater is designed to provide clear views of the screen from any angle. Regal Longston Place has multiple screens showcasing the latest blockbuster films with great sound acoustics and comfortable seats.

Since opening its doors on May 19, 1999, the cinema has become a part of many families’ cherished memories. Regal Longston Place also features a place for food and drink. It has hot and tasty popcorn, chilled drinks, and other snacks to enjoy during your movie. 

12. Bring Your Kids To Trampoline Nation

Trampoline Nation (aka Catapult Adventure Park) is a fun destination you should add to your list of things to do in Puyallup if you have kids. This family-friendly park offers fun activities for your kids to enjoy, ensuring a fun and entertaining experience.

The park features trampolines, climbing walls, foam pits, and other attractions that cater to children of all ages. The food options on-site are slightly overpriced, so having a meal before heading to the park is a good idea.

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Hi, I'm Ashleigh! Welcome to Seattle Travel, my little piece of beautiful PNW. This is home and I'm here to share all my experiences so visitors and locals alike can find the best experiences this part of the country has to offer. I started Seattle Travel in 2012 as a way to journal my experiences and over the years have been encouraged by family and friends to open up my adventures to everyone. I actively seek out the best food, activities, and day trips and give you a local perspective.  The Pacific Northwest is one of the most beautiful areas in the world and my goal is to let you explore it to the fullest. 

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