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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 on the following Thursdays, from 2-3:15 pm:
  • March 16 & 23
  • April 13, 20 & 27
  • May 4, 11, 18 & 25

Thank you to SAMi Student Park Ambassadors for making this possible!

From Memorial Day Weekend (May 26)  through Labor Day Weekend (Sep. 4) the Visitors Center will be open Fridays-Sundays from 10 am-5 pm.

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.

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.

DOWNTOWN TO DEFIANCE TROLLEY • PIERCE TRANSIT ROUTE 15 - NEW IN 2017!     
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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
Enjoy shopping, museums and events in downtown Tacoma, then take the trolley along scenic Ruston Way to dine at the waterfront and visit attractions at Pt. Ruston. Continue your journey to the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, trails, beachfront and marina at Point Defiance Park. Learn more about the Downtown to Defiance Trolley.
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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.