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Point Defiance Visitors 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.

The Visitors Center is currently closed for the season.
We'll be back Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend 2017!

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.

 Park Ranger Programs

Family Nature Walks

Meet the Park Ranger at the Rhododendron Garden for an exploration of nature in Point Defiance Park. Not recommended for strollers, wheelchairs, or children under 3. No registration necessary.  Free!

Coffee with the Birds

Saturday, Sept. 17, 9 to 10 am
Bring your coffee mug and enjoy an introduction to the birds of  Point Defiance Park. Meet the Park Ranger at the Rhododendron Garden pavilion to grab a cup of coffee – or hot chocolate for the kids – and set out in search of the feathered friends of our old growth forest!

Tahoma Audubon will have a binocular library for participants to check-out binoculars for the duration of the bird walk at no cost. Binocular check-out will be located at the Rhododendron Garden Pavilion just before the 9 am program. This event is free but space is limited. Please pre-register online to save your spot!

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

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.

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.

Point Defiance Park’s first uniformed, interpretive guide.

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. Read more about the history of Point Defiance Park's Lodge.