No need to mess with traffic on a holiday weekend when it's pretty damn magical right here.
Skip the Boat Ride: Go Whale Watching in Tacoma...here are the places to look:
1. Your first, and best option is to head to Point Defiance and park at the Dalco Passage overlook. From here, overlooking the short distance between Vashon Island and Point Defiance, you have access and a direct line of sight into one of the most whale friendly waters in the South Puget Sound. In 2017, Dalco Passage was the hangout spot for a young juvenile humpback whale, who was spotted nearly every day for four solid months. According to the Orca Network, Dalco Passage is a pretty regular spot for seeing humpbacks and orcas, having the most sightings of any location over the past few years.
2. Also at Point Defiance, Owen Beach makes for great whale watching when the weather is just right. In 2017, Orcas were spotted from the beach numerous times. The view is from right at water level, which makes seeing spouts, fins and tails a little easier to spot than from a higher vantage point. It is very common to also see seals and sea lions from here, especially during the salmon season.
3. Finally, if you find yourself having a pint or eating some fish and chips down at Titlow, check the social media feeds of the Orca Network and keep your eyes out on the water. In 2017, both the orcas and humpback whales swam by, putting on quite a show for onlookers. The orcas swam under the Narrows Bridge, then hung out in the open waters just offshore from Steamers.
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