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Point Defiance Lodge Visitor Center

Features You'll Find:
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    • Art & Artifacts
    • Gift Shop
    • Historic
    • Parking Stalls
    • Parking Stalls / ADA
    • Restrooms / Seasonal

Saturdays & Sundays 10am-5pm
Also open Memorial Day,
4th of July and Labor Day

Closed June 29 & 30

5715 Roberts Garden Rd
Tacoma, WA 98407

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AT THE VISITOR CENTER you can 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.

Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Also open Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day.

Note: The Visitor Center will be closed during Taste of Tacoma, June 27 & 28. 

Pt Defiance Lodge Visitors Center  Inside pt def visitors center

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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.

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