Welcome to the one-mile square town of Ruston. Many locals tell tales of family members who lived here and worked in the now demolished Asarco copper smelter. Named after William Rust this town has always maintained its own identity even though it is physically connected to Tacoma. Now built on the site is a large complex showcasing brand new businesses including a world-class globo movie theater, luxury apartments, restaurants, and boutique shopping. Continue down Ruston Way all the way to Old Town and take in the sights and smells of salty water and tasty restaurants. Views of majestic Mt. Rainier abound, don’t forget to try the delicious fresh caught local seafood available everywhere here.
The gem of this neighborhood is the beautifully preserved wild area encompassed in Point Defiance Park. It is the largest urban park in the entire United States. Spend hours wandering the well-groomed trails, stroll along the beach and then enjoy local delicacies prepared at Anthony’s on the water. Rent a kayak, bring your mountain bike, or just spend all day at the zoo. The world-renowned formal gardens include a Japanese and Rose Garden. Free Parking means you can enjoy this entire area apart from the zoo, for free! At Owen’s Beach, you can paddleboard, kayak, or dive until your heart’s content.
Also, of note is the ferry which will carry you to Vashon Island, take the day and your road bike to truly enjoy everything it has to offer. To immerse yourself in the culture of Ruston stop by the Antique Sandwich Company. Started in 1973 by 2 sisters this little restaurant is the place to put up your feet, relax and get a real cup of coffee. All the food is homemade and fair trade certified. You will always find something new here, from the tasty food to the local handicrafts and art. Stop by in the afternoon for live music and even an open mic.