Joint Base Lewis-McChord is a military installation located in Washington state near Tacoma. It is home to Army and Air Force commands (and a small Navy and Marine Corps presence). JBLM consists of four geographical areas, Lewis Main, Lewis North, McChord Field, and Yakima Training Center. JBLM is directly situated between two cities – Tacoma and Olympia – and is only an hour away from Seattle.


Check out this list of the most popular things to do when you’re visiting Lewis-McChord or you’re stationed there because of the military.

  • Parks on JBLM
    • A large park system on JBLM, there are many baseball and soccer fields, a football and track stadium, a large playground with foam padding that is entirely wheelchair-accessible, an adjacent splash park for warmer days and even a skate park for the bigger kids, as well as an enclosed dog park
  • Check out some sports
    • There’s the Seahawks (NFL), Mariners (MLB), Sounders (soccer), Storm (WNBA) and college teams
  • Pike Place Market
    • One of the oldest Farmers Markets in the country. Across the street from the market is the location of the original Starbucks
  • Ferry Boat Rides
    • Drops you (and your car) off right in Seattle
  • Puget Sound Naval Shipyard
    • There are tours and visitors may be able to walk aboard ships. It’s located in Bremerton, WA.
  • Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
    • Two birds with one stone, this attraction is a combined zoo and aquarium. See sharks and seahorses, polar bears and peacocks, walruses and wolves
  • Children’s Museum of Tacoma
    • Great interactive activities and structured play for kids
  • Hands On Children’s Museum
    • Located in Olympia, a new museum for children ages 3-10, lot of interactive activities
  • LeMay – America’s Car Museum
    • A huge museum celebrating automobiles and transportation
  • Museum of Glass
    • A contemporary museum with impressive glass and art exhibits
  • 5 Mile Drive & Trails
    • A great park with trails, dog parks, gardens, and more!
  • Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
    • This refuge consists of acres of salt and freshwater marshes, grasslands and mixed forest habitats. Great place for walking, and bring your camera!
  • Mount St. Helens
    • An active volcano!
  • Mount Rainier National Park
    • Great for hiking trails, RV and tent campsites, rock climbing and historical locations. The park is open year round to the public. If you are Active Duty or a dependent, you can get a free annual pass by showing your DoD ID to the front gate.
  • Olympic National Park
    • There are campgrounds and hundreds of trails to hike, a rainforest, mountain, or along the coast.
  • Seattle Space Needle
    • A staple in Seattle’s skyline, this observation tower located in the Seattle Center reaches a staggering 605 ft. tall. Visitors can take the elevator to reach the observation deck, where you can dine at a restaurant while the deck does a full 360° rotation every hour.

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The Best Things to Do in Joint base Lewis-McChord

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