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Point Defiance Visitors Center

SAMI Student Park Ambassadors by Point Defiance Park Kiosk on training day.

SAMI Student Park Ambassadors will be manning the Visitors Center, main entry info Kiosk and roaming the Bowl and Garden areas to welcome visitors, answer questions and conduct surveys. Stop by and say hello on Fridays from 1:30-3 pm on April 29, May 6, May 13 and May 20. They will be the ones wearing SAMI vests and Student Park Ambassador lanyards.

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.

Pt Defiance Lodge Visitors Center  Inside pt def visitors center

The Visitors Center is currently closed.
Watch for us to reopen May 26, 2016.
10am-5 pm Thursday - Sunday
Memorial Day weekend (May 26) through Labor Day weekend (Sep. 5).
Also open Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day

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.

Drop by to rent a picnic shelter and picnic kit.
Learn more about the shelters & picnic kits

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. 

Granola bars and water available for purchase.

Download a Park Map

E.R. Roberts Family Portrait Outside Point Defiance Lodge - photo courtesy of Jean Insel RobesonHISTORY
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. Designed by noted Tacoma architect C.A. Darmer, the residence permitted Roberts and his family to live in the park, where he could more easily tend the gardens, feed the zoo animals,and provide general park security. Read more about the history of Point Defiance Park's Lodge.