Point Defiance Park
Features You'll Find:Hover over an icon for more details
- Art & Artifacts
- Bike Trail / Biking / Bicycling
- Drinking Fountain
- Environmental Education
- Gift Shop
- Parking Stalls
- Parking Stalls / ADA
- Restrooms / Seasonal
- Restrooms / Year Round
- Trail / Hard
- Trail / Soft
BUILDINGS & PICNIC SITES
- Meeting Space
- Party Room
- Picnic / Drop in
- Picnic / Reservable
- Weddings / Rentals
BOATING & FISHING
- Boat Launch / Drive Up
- Boat Launch / Walk Up
- Boat Lockers
- Fishing Pier
- Boat Moorage
- Kayak or SUP Rental
- Display Garden
- Lake / Pond
- Natural Areas
- Puget Sound
- Stream / River
- Off Leash Dog Park
- Playground (5-12 yrs)
Open ½ hour before sunrise
Close ½ hour after sunset
5400 N. Pearl St.
Tacoma, WA 98407
- Update: Black Bear Found and Relocated
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This 765-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.
|LEARN MORE ABOUT POINT DEFIANCE|
|Point Defiance Lodge Visitor's Center|
Tour interpretive exhibits, pick up a park map, talk to knowledgeable Park Ambassadors and get information on special events and recreational opportunities in the park. Books, gifts and refreshments are available for purchase. Get Hours and Directions
|Destination Point Defiance |
This long-term planning initiative by Metro Parks will enhance the experience and honor the character of this local treasure by improving access throughout the Park to the waterfront, creating year-round activities and stewarding the Park's natural and historic resources. Learn more at a Community Conversation the third Thursday of each month.
President Andrew Johnson originally set aside Point Defiance Park as a military reservation, although it never was home to military operations. A bill authorizing Tacoma to use the reserve as a public park was approved in 1888 by President Grover Cleveland.
|Preserving the Park for Future Generations |
Dogs Off-Leash Demonstration Area
Approximately 7 acres located in the former Madrona Day Camp area on Five Mile Drive south of Fort Nisqually. Just the roadway and waterfront bluff area are fenced as well as about 1/8 acre area for smaller dogs.
Thematic gardens, including a Japanese Garden, Rose Garden and Northwest Native Garden provide a wide variety of horticultural experiences for visitors.
Go-Karts & Batting Cages
Located to the right of the entrance to Point Defiance Park.
Point Defiance Trail
Connects Ruston Way to Point Defiance Park near the Sami buildings. Learn More
How to get there: From the Pearl Street park entrance take the ferry road and park in the gravel lot overlooking the marina that is located immediately after the Go-Karts. The start of the Point Defiance Trail is on the Puget Sound side of the SAMI portables.
Five Mile Drive and Other Trails
Winding through old growth forest, Five Mile Drive offers vistas of Puget Sound, the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges, Tacoma Narrows and Narrows Bridge, Vashon Island and Gig Harbor.
Learn More and Download a Trail Map
- Fort Nisqually Living History Museum rentals
- Pagoda rentals
- Picnic Shelter rentals are available between April 1 and September 30 each year. Reservations may be made up to 365 days in advance.
- Rose Garden rentals
- Zoo & Aquarium rentals
KAYAK RENTALS AT OWEN BEACH
Kayak rentals are provided by:
Ruston Recreation Rentals
5102 N. Winnifred St.
Ruston, WA 98407
Open noon - 7 pm daily (weather dependent)
Includes paddle, pfd and float cushion.
View Kayak Rental Prices
Established by the Northwest Forest Industries Museum in 1964, Camp 6 included several bunk houses, a short-haul train and pieces of historic logging equipment.
In 2011, faced with limited attendance and no resources to maintain and operate its collection, the board of directors for the museum made a difficult decision to relocate the historic elements to another location.
Currently that space is being used for overflow parking for the zoo. We plan to work with the community to determine the best long term use for that space.
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