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Point Defiance Park


This 760-acre park is a popular destination for more than 3.1 million people each year. Natural forest, saltwater beaches and spectacular views offer numerous possibilities for recreation, education and communing with nature.
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Destination Point Defiance is our long-term planning initiative to enhance the experience and honor the character of Point Defiance Park. View construction updates


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Hours: Point Defiance Park is open daily from 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset.  Hours at attractions within the park may vary.

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Do not feed wildlife in the park
  • Point Defiance Dont Feed Wildlife Sign GraphicWildlife can experience malnutrition, disease, and overpopulation due to human feeding.
  • Wildlife often exhibit aggressive behaviors when they become conditioned to expect food from people.
  • Overpopulation is a significant contributor to poor water quality and toxic algae growth, endangering public health and safety.
  • Feeding is illegal and to help curb overpopulation issues, citations will be issued for violations. Feeding carries a $532 penalty. (TMC 8.27.130)
Events Happening Here:
  • 29 Jul
    Guided History Tour
    Join a Point Defiance historian on a guided tour of the Park entry. "Tacoma's Great Pride." That was...
    11:00 am
  • 29 Jul
    Family Campout
    We’re opening up Owen Beach for camping this summer! Join us under the stars with your family and/or friends. ...
    07:00 pm
  • 31 Jul
    Guided Garden Tour
    Discover the rich history and modern celebration of botanical displays at Point Defiance Park with an introduction to the Park’s...
    02:00 pm

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