Self-Guided Bike Tour

Point Ruston Bike Tour

Your self-guided bicycle tour of Tacoma's premier luxury waterfront neighborhood begins at our location on the edge of Puget Sound. After rolling down the Mile-Long Waterwalk, pedal on to explore Point Defiance Park, Owen Beach, and the Point Ruston Historic Ferry.

This self-guided bike tour of Point Ruston and Point Defiance Park starts from our location beside Commencement Bay and guides riders along the water’s edge of the Puget Sound and through Point Defiance Park’s exciting amenities and dense local foliage. This route takes you on a personal excursion to see everything Pierce County’s largest urban park has to offer.

After departing from our rental location in Point Ruston, soar beside the Puget Sound before beginning your journey through the lush park. Along the way you’ll find eclectic monuments like the Stairs and Slides, natural wonders like the Rhododendron Garden and the Mountaineer Tree. Other points of interest include the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, Vashon View and Anthony’s Restaurant.

Starting at $26

Skill Level

Approx. Time

3 - 4 hours total


7.6 miles
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

A zoo, aquarium and botanical garden rolled into one amazing recreation center! You’ll find hours of entertainment between the exhibits and shows, or just take a moment from your bike tour to appreciate the front gates’ Pacific-Northwest architecture and landscaping that also features Puget Sound as a backdrop.

Commencement Bay

Home of Point Tacoma, one of the busiest commercial marinas in the world. Once a thriving eco-system with countless species of plants and animals, pollution from factories destroyed the habitat throughout the 20th century until environmental advocacy groups stepped in to restore the bay. Today it is a model example of reversing pollution and damage to eco-systems.

Point Defiance Park

There’s truly something for everyone at Point Defiance Park! Enjoy your time exploring this giant urban park that features a zoo, a rose garden, ferries, beaches, dog parks and an old-growth forest.

Ruston Playground

An adorable pit-stop, even for those without children in their tour group! Point Ruston’s Promenade Playground is centrally located and features a whimsical recreation of the Point Ruston Historic Ferry.

Point Defiance Marina

This hustling and bustling marina has been in use by the public, the military and private businesses for almost 150 years! Take a moment to hop off your bike and watch the ships and ferries serenely cruise by, or lock up your bike and rent a boat of your own to explore the bay.

Point Ruston

One of the newest, hippest communities in the Seattle area, Point Ruston has become a haven for outdoorsy adventurers looking for a curated nature experience. Luxury shops, gourmet eateries and new-construction housing are styled to fit perfectly next to Point Defiance Park’s endless natural amenities and landscapes.

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Included with this

Self-Guided Tour

  • A helmet
  • A bike lock

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What to bring & wear

  • Comfortable clothes and shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Your camera
  • Snacks, or cash for lunch

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Tour FAQs

What's included on my tour?

Our self-guided tours include your choice of bicycle, a route map with all the great points of interest and historic facts about the area, a helmet, bike bag or basket, and a bike lock. Plus, our rental clerks are happy to help you select the perfect bike for your adventure.

What do I need to bring?

We have your ride and route covered - so all you need to bring are comfortable clothes and shoes, sunglasses, sunscreen, water, and your camera. And don't forget to bring some cash for lunch or a snack along the way! Bike bags/baskets are provided on all bikes for easy storage of items.

How long is the tour?

While on one of our self-guided tours, you can expect to be out exploring for 3 to 4 hours. This includes approximately 2 hours of riding time and 1 to 2 hours for lunch, shopping, photo opts, and exploring the area.

I want to take the tour...

You've made a great choice! We have plenty of bikes available, so no need to call, just come by. When you arrive, mention the bike tour. Our fantastic staff will ensure that you have everything you need. We don't take reservations, so please stop by our location.