Foss Waterway Seaport celebrates the rich maritime history of Tacoma and the Puget Sound region through interpretation, education, and events hosted in the historic Balfour Dock building. Exhibits within the Seaport showcase the history of the region and the life residing in and around its waters.
plus every 3rd Thursday of the month for FREE 4p-8p
$25 - Family Pass (up to 2 adults & 4 children)
$10 - Adults
$8 - Child 5+, Student, Military & Seniors 62+
Free - Seaport Members & Children under 5
The inclusion of an active heritage wooden boat shop has always been a part of the Seaport’s mission. As stewards of the maritime history of Tacoma and the Puget Sound region, we pride ourselves on preserving the techniques of various regional boat builders. The Foss Waterway Seaport Heritage Boat Shop participates in celebrating Tacoma’s rich maritime heritage by representing the past, present and future of boat building.
Dive into the Seaports variety of permanent and temporary exhibits, always exploring the historical significance of Tacoma's waterfront.
Puyallup People: First on the Waterway
Where Rails Met Sails
Sport & Industry Fishing
Mosquito Fleet: The Puget Sound Ferry Fleet
Willits Brothers Canoes
For millennia, the Puyallup people have lived by, traveled on, and drawn sustenance from the Puyallup River, its creeks, and the nearby shores of what is now Puget Sound.
In 1873, Tacoma became the western terminus for the Northern Pacific Railroad.
Our building is the last remaining intact section of a continuous heavy timber frame warehouse called the Mile Long Warehouse.
Fin whales and humpbacks and harbor seals, oh my! Learn more about the resident and visiting marine mammals that can be found in Puget Sound.
The Pacific Northwest is world famous for the delicious salmon and other fish that come from the Pacific Ocean.