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Browns Point Lighthouse Park

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    • Beach
    • Historic
    • Trail / Hard
    • Picnic / Drop in
    • Puget Sound
    • Viewpoint
    • Waterfront

Open ½ hour before sunrise
Close ½ hour after sunset

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201 Tulalip St. N.E.
Tacoma, WA 98422
(253) 927-2536

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Waterfront access and an attractive picnic site along with a restored lightkeeper's cottage that can be toured or rented.

Photo courtesy of Sky Orca Photography



Browns Point Lighthouse Park (4.03 acres) lies on the tip of historic Browns Point, and provides the community waterfront access, enticing beachcombers year round and sunbathers and picnickers during the summer. A large green space makes this a nice spot for a picnic as you watch the deep-sea ships entering Tacoma's busy portal.


On December 12, 1887, two years before Washington became a state, a fixed white light lens lantern was placed on a white post on Point Brown. It was about twelve feet above sea level and 50 yards from the low water end of shore. In 1901 the first lighthouse and a house for the lighthouse keeper were built. The lighthouse was a wood frame structure on wood pilings off shore. At low tide one could walk to the lighthouse, but at high tide it was necessary to take a rowboat. Read more about the history of Browns Point Lighthouse Park.

Points Northeast Historical Society LogoPoint Northeast Historical Society
The Browns Point Light House Park "Adopt a Park" partnership between Points Northeast Historical Society and Metro Parks was established in October 2000.

Tours: You can take a step back in time as you tour the History Center, Boathouse, replica surfboat, original fog bell and the Light Keeper's Cottage.

Overnight Rentals
Experience even more of the life of a lighthouse keeper by signing up for a one-week tour of duty and staying in the Light Keeper's Cottage. Keepers learn local history and conduct tours of the lighthouse grounds and facilities. Relax and watch sailboats, walk on the beach, fish from the shore, enjoy sunsets and reading in antique rocking chairs from the porch.

Parking Lot
Metro Parks Tacoma does not have an ownership position in the two lots to the south of the Lighthouse property that the Brown's Point Improvement Club is on. The Browns Point Improvement Club only allows their parking lots to be used for BPIC events.


Browns Point Lighthouse Park
The project was completed in August 2018 and added a dozen paved parking stalls to replace what had been a steep gravel lot – and a lot more:

  • A new promenade built to Americans with Disabilities Act standards
  • A concrete path connecting the lot and promenade
  • Landscaping
  • Picnic tables
  • Benches
  • Trash receptacles
  • And an ornamental fence around the U.S. Coast Guard lighthouse, replacing the old chain link fencing.

All in all, the upgrades give visitors safe, all-season access down to the beach.



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Browns Point Lighthouse Park Development Plan Photos June 30, 2014



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