The City of Puyallup is situated at the foot of scenic Mount Rainier in the beautiful Puget Sound region just 10 miles east of Tacoma and approximately 35 miles south of Seattle. It’s an easy commute on Sound Transit’s Sounder train to Tacoma, Seattle and many cities in between.

Scenic Views, Convenient Location, Downtown Vibe

In its early years, Puyallup was known for its hops, berries and flowers. Today many events, such as the Washington State Fair, the Daffodil Festival and Parade, the Puyallup Farmers Market and the historical Meeker Mansion (Hop Farmer Ezra Meeker) pay tribute to the city’s agricultural past. But there’s much more happening in Puyallup than meets the eye. Two regional retail centers in downtown and South Hill offer a variety of shopping and dining opportunities. Great parks, excellent K-12 schools, and a modern regional medical center are some of the amenities appreciated by residents and visitors alike.

The Western Washington Fair

The big wooden roller coaster stands out as you drive by the fair in downtown Puyallup. Comprised of 160 acres, The Washington State Fair (formerly the Puyallup Fair), is the largest single attraction held annually in the state of Washington. It hosts the 21-day State Fair every September and the four-day Spring Fair in April.

Buy your tickets ahead of time to save money and get a dizzy pass if your stomach can handle the rides! If not, be sure to get a Fisher Scone, walk through the animal barns, stroll through the vendors, catch the rodeo, and admire the talents of locals at the Hobby Lobby and Art/Photography shows. If you like concerts, there are plenty of rising stars and tribute bands to take in. Another staple is The Fred Oldfield Western Heritage & Art Center, where you can see traditional cowboy art, learn about the history of Native Americans and pioneers, as well take art classes.

The fairgrounds also hosts events year round, from the Victorian Country Christmas, to the International Sportsman’s Exposition, as well as races, concerts, car shows and more!

Puyallup School District

Puyallup School District

The Puyallup School District is the eighth largest district in the state of Washington. The district has 21 elementary schools, seven junior high schools, three comprehensive senior high schools and an alternative school, all of which serve more than 22,250 students.

For more information on the Puyallup School District, click here.

Puyallup Parks and Activities

Parks & Activities Puyallup

Puyallup’s large park system has something for everyone: a spray park, a skate park, an off-leash dog park. Hiking and walking trails, ball fields, playgrounds. A community garden, tennis courts, seasonal fishing. Quiet, forested areas for those who want a break from the hustle and bustle. These parks are spread throughout Puyallup, from the downtown area into South Hill. 

Churches in Puyallup

Churches and Faith Opportunities

The Puyallup community supports a variety of worship services from Baptist, Methodist, Catholic, Mormon, Non-Denominational and more.

Click on the links to Search and find the church that best suits you and your family.


Own Your Dream Home in Puyallup

I love this community and would truly enjoy showing you more about our wonderful area and where you and your family fit into the puzzle. Contact me, Cathy Torgerson, Windermere Realtor, to take the next steps towards owning your dream home in Puyallup.

Dining and Shopping Puyallup

Dining & Shopping in Puyallup

Puyallup has a vibrant downtown full of small restaurants, pubs and family dining. If you are catching a game at Sparks Stadium, or walking downtown, you can catch a bite to eat at the local favorite across the street, Sparks Firehouse & Deli or dessert at Elements Frozen Yogurt.

Shopping at the South Hill Mall or looking for a place to take the family for dinner? The mall has a variety of dining inside, as well as larger chain restaurants close-by.

Looking further up South Hill for a place to stop? Check out Sunrise Village for shopping, food and exercise.


Volunteer in Puyallup

Civic Groups / Volunteering in Puyallup

A community means more when you are involved and volunteering. As a business person, Rotary and Kiwanis groups support the community through service and fundraising. At the St. Francis House volunteers assist those in need of emergency food, clothing and more. If you have a bent for history, the Meeker Mansion volunteers give tours and help with local events which celebrate the history of Ezra Meeker and of Puyallup.

Puyallup real estate

Real Estate in Puyallup

If you are looking for the perfect piece of Puyallup real estate to meet all your wants and needs, reach out to me, Cathy Torgerson. I’m your Puyallup-area real estate expert, and would love to assist you with all your local real estate needs. I can help to take some of the stress and guesswork out of the often complicated process of buying or selling a home.

All Things “Dog” in Puyallup

For many, our dogs are “fur-babies”. They require the best in play, care, and life. Whether you live downtown or on South Hill, there’s plenty of dog opportunities.


Off-leash dog parks allow the pups to play unencumbered. 

In downtown Puyallup, the off-leash park is located between Clarks Creek Park North and Clarks Creek Park South and can be accessed by entering either park.

On South Hill, is Rainier Woods Park: Just off Shaw Road is this nine-acre neighborhood park with a playground, picnic area, youth softball field, off-leash dog park (open 8am-8pm), wooded area, and grassy open space.




Photos from around Puyallup