people gather at the fort nisqually picnic shelter
people enjoying the picnic shelter

Fort Nisqually Picnic Shelter

5400 N. Pearl St.
Tacoma, WA 98407

(253) 305-1090

Outside Fort Nisqually.



Starting Price:



42 stalls

Surrounded by large old growth forest, this is a favorite group picnic spot. Located near Fort Nisqually (not inside the Fort).

Fort Nisqually Picnic Shelter

Capacity: 100
$115 Mon-Thurs
$140 Fri-Sun

Picnic sites are available for rent between April 1 and September 30 each year. Reservations may be made up to 365 days in advance.


  • Hours: Available daily 10 am-dusk
  • Tables: 4 under shelter, 14 outside
  • Restrooms: Yes
  • BBQ’s and Stoves: 4 small BBQ’s
  • Electricity: Yes – 110v outlet (2)
  • Water: Sink
  • Parking: 42 parking stalls
  • Picnic Shelter Rental Guide

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Non-Emergency Assistance Phone Numbers

During business hours
Monday-Friday 8 am-5 pm
(253) 305-1090
(253) 305-1084

After business hours
Park Manager on Duty
(253) 305-1035

For Emergencies call 911

Point Defiance Picnic Kits

Pep up your Point Defiance picnic with a fun-filled kit from Metro Parks!
Order your kit when you rent your picnic site, then pick up your kit within 24 hours of your picnic and return by the end of the next business day to the Point Defiance Visitors Center open 10 am-5 pm, Thursdays-Sundays, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

  • Sports Kit
    What You Get: Baseballs, baseball bats, set of bases, football and soccer ball
    What It Costs: $25 + plus $25 damage deposit
  • Field Day Kit
    What You Get: 12-foot parachute, frisbees, cones for obstacle courses, burlap sacks and balls
    What It Costs: $25+ plus $25 damage deposit

Picnic Shelter Accessibility

Fort Nisqually Picnic Shelter Accessibility (rating 2)

  • Parking: No designated ADA parking at the picnic location
  • Route: Only a natural route to the picnic shelter and restroom; relatively level and firm but consistency cannot be maintained due to natural debris.
  • Tables: Tables are clustered in a manner that does not provide or guarantee ADA seating at required number of stations. Transition from ground into picnic pavilion is a step.
  • Amenities: Some amenities may be out of reach range or lack approach – water, sink, grills, etc.
  • Restrooms: Site restrooms need improvements for compliance.
  • Rating note: Scale of 1 to 5, 1-low/5-high

Picnic Shelter Rental Advisory

Picnic Shelter Rental Advisory 
Please be advised, your facility rental is for the shelter only. It does not include Fort Nisqually Meadow area.

The rental client and Metro Parks Tacoma cannot reserve parking spaces or restrict other people’s activities in the park nearby unless the activities are illegal. Our parks are open for public use and your experience may include:

  • Various forms of wildlife
  • Loud music or park patrons
  • Dogs running off-leash and/or dogs excessively barking
  • People enjoying the park in close proximity to your rental space.

We strongly encourage all rental guests to carpool and allow for plenty of time to find parking due to traffic revisions, fencing, and construction equipment at Point Defiance Park under Destination Point Defiance.

Destination Point Defiance is a long-term comprehensive planning initiative started years ago to enhance the park’s experience and honor its character. The capital improvement bond approved by voters in 2014 is funding much of the related construction work along with grants from the state RCO program, Washington State taxpayers, donors and other sources. For more information, please visit

Picnic Shelter Rental Terms & Cancelation Policy

Picnic Shelter Rental Terms & Cancelation Policy

  • Bounce houses and Amplified Music are not permitted at this site.
  • Do not place small hibachis, table-top barbecues or any other hot items on top of picnic tables. Many of Metro Parks’ picnic tables are constructed from recycled plastic and can melt if hot items are placed on top.
  • Overall facility appearance and condition at Metro Parks Tacoma facilities may change between venue viewing and the day of the scheduled event.

Cancelation Policy
More than 30 days’ written notice of cancellation will receive a 100% refund; 0 to 30 days’ notice will receive a 50% refund. Additionally, no refunds are given due to weather conditions.