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Point Defiance Park

Features You'll Find:
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  • ADDITIONAL FEATURES
    • Art & Artifacts
    • Bike Trail / Biking / Bicycling
    • Drinking Fountain
    • Environmental Education
    • Gift Shop
    • Historic
    • Parking Stalls
    • Parking Stalls / ADA
    • Restrooms / Seasonal
    • Restrooms / Year Round
    • Trail / Hard
    • Trail / Soft
  • BUILDINGS & PICNIC SITES
    • Barbecue
    • Kitchen
    • Meeting Space
    • Party Room
    • Picnic / Drop in
    • Picnic / Reservable
    • Weddings / Rentals
  • SWIMMING
    • Beach
  • BOATING & FISHING
    • Boat Launch / Drive Up
    • Boat Launch / Walk Up
    • Boat Lockers
    • Fishing Pier
  • BOATING
    • Boat Moorage
  • NATURAL FEATURES
    • Display Garden
    • Lake / Pond
    • Natural Areas
    • Puget Sound
    • Stream / River
    • Viewpoint
    • Waterfront
  • DOGS
    • Off Leash Dog Park
  • PLAYGROUNDS
    • Playground (5-12 yrs)
  • SPORTS
    • Tennis
Hours:

Open ½ hour before sunrise
Close ½ hour after sunset

Restroom Schedule

5400 N. Pearl St.
Tacoma, WA 98407

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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 Center Best of South Sound 2014 logoPoint 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 Logo  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.

Old Car at Entry to Point Defiance Park History
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.

Group at Project Planning Meeting in Point Defiance Park 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. 

Gardens
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
From the Pearl Street park entrance take the right hand road that leads toward the Ferry and Anthony's Restaurant. Park in the gravel lot overlooking the marina that is located immediately after the Go-Karts. Walk towards the back side of the SAMI portables to find the start of the Point Defiance Trail.

Rental Sites

Point Defiance Dont Feed Wildlife Sign Graphic
  • Wildlife 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)
CAMP 6
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.
Park Attractions to Explore:

Fort Nisqually (in Point Defiance Park)

Point Defiance Marina

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Destination Point Defiance

Five Mile Drive & Trails

Greenhouse

Owen Beach

Point Defiance Lodge Visitors Center

Point Defiance Pagoda

Point Defiance Rose Garden


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