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Point Defiance Main Picnic Shelter

Burn ban in effect at Point Defiance Park. No fires of any kind are allowed in the park until further notice, including barbecue pits and grills. Learn more >

Picnic sites are available for rent between April 1 and September 30 each year. Reservations may be made up to 365 days in advance. 

Located on a wooded bluff overlooking the Boathouse Marina and Commencement Bay. Large play structure with swings available for use on site. Located near various gardens and Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.

*Please do not place small hibachis, table-top barbecues or any other hot items on top of picnic tables. Many of Metro Parks’ picnic tables are constructed from recycled plastic and can melt if hot items are placed on top.



Location: 5400 N. Pearl St. Tacoma, 98407
Inside Point Defiance Park View Map
Picnic Fee: Mon-Fri $150; Sat-Sun $200
Site Capacity: 100
Tables Available:  4 under shelter, 10 outside
Additional Tables available for rent: 7
Restrooms: Nearby
BBQ's and Stoves: 2 large BBQ's
Electricity: Yes - 110v outlet
Water: n/a

Parking: Limited parking lot with 16 stalls;
overflow parking at the Bowl, Rose
Garden and Zoo.
Accessibility: Click Here for Info

Overall facility appearance and condition at Metro Parks Tacoma facilities may change between venue viewing and the day of the scheduled event.
* Bounce houses are not permitted unless they are (1) provided by a professional bounce house/entertainment equipment company; and (2) a certificate of insurance is provided by the professional company listing Metro Parks Tacoma as additional insured.
For non-emergency assistance during business hours please call (253) 305-1090 or (253) 305-1084 for assistance. For non-emergency assistance after business hours please call the Manager on Duty at (253) 305-1035.