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Point Defiance Visitors Center

Come to the Visitors Center during the summer to...

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.

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VISITORS CENTER HOURS
The Visitors Center will be open and staffed, along with the main entry kiosk:

  • March 16-May 25
    Thursdays from 2:00-3:15 pm
    Thank you to SAMi Student Park Ambassadors for making this possible!
     
  • May 26-September 4, 2017
    Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 10 am-5 pm
    Third Thursdays from 10 am-5 pm (June 15, July 20, August 17)

LOCATION
5715 Roberts Garden Rd., inside Point Defiance Park
Tacoma, WA 98407
(253) 305-1088

As you enter Point Defiance from Pearl Street, the Visitors Center is just inside the park, on the left, across the street from the tennis courts.


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POINT DEFIANCE GEAR - New in 2017!
Check out the new Point Defiance Park gear . . . from hats to hoodies to t-shirts. Available online or at the Visitors Center.
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RESERVE PICNIC SHELTERS & PICNIC KITS
Drop by to rent a picnic shelter and picnic kit.
Learn more about the shelters & picnic kits

PLAY TENNIS
Point Defiance Park has tennis courts that boast a spectacular view. Come play...we'll loan you the tennis equipment!

Drop by, provide us your Driver’s License and we'll loan tennis rackets and balls for up to 2 hours of play. Check-out begins 10 am, equipment must be returned by 4:30 pm. 

QUENCH YOUR THIRST
Granola bars and water available for purchase.

ASK QUESTIONS AND GET INFORMATION
Park Ambassadors work seasonally at the Visitors Center (and/or the park kiosk) and give talks, answer questions, help visitors find information, participate in educational tours and more.

MEET THE PARK RANGER
Point Defiance Park’s first uniformed, interpretive guide.

JUNIOR RANGER PROGRAM
Kids! Complete the fun, free, program to become a Junior Ranger. Pick up a  Junior Ranger booklet at the Visitors Center.

  
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DOWNTOWN TO DEFIANCE TROLLEY • PIERCE TRANSIT ROUTE 15 - NEW IN 2017!   

June 2-September 3
Friday-Sunday 10:30 am-8:30 pm, every 30 minutes
$1 for adults & youth
50 cents for senior/disabled with a Regional Reduced Fare Permit

This new service will connect visitors to downtown Tacoma and the community to scenic destinations along Ruston Way and at Point Defiance Park.
Learn more about the Downtown to Defiance Trolley.


E.R. Roberts Family Portrait Outside Point Defiance Lodge - photo courtesy of Jean Insel RobesonHISTORY OF THE VISITORS CENTER
The Board of Park Commissioners approved $2,200 to build a residence in Point Defiance Park in 1898 for Superintendent Ebenezer Rhys Roberts, referred to as the Keeper's Lodge. Read more about the history of Point Defiance Park's Lodge.