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Point Defiance Park

This 760-acre park is a popular destination for more than 3.1 million people each year. Natural forest, saltwater beaches and spectacular views offer numerous possibilities for recreation, education and communing with nature.

Hours: The park is open daily from 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset. Hours at attractions within the park may vary.

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sign-up-online-buttonDestination Point Defiance LogoDestination Point Defiance is our long-term planning initiative to enhance the experience and honor the character of Point Defiance Park.

All park attractions remain open as progress continues on multiple capital projects.View construction updates


Do not feed wildlife in the park
 
  • undefinedWildlife can experience malnutrition, disease, and overpopulation due to human feeding.
  • Wildlife often exhibit aggressive behaviors when they become conditioned to expect food from people.
  • Overpopulation is a significant contributor to poor water quality and toxic algae growth, endangering public health and safety.
  • Feeding is illegal and to help curb overpopulation issues, citations will be issued for violations. Citations carry fines. (TMC 8.27.130)  Read More >
Events Happening Here:
  • 26 May
    Tacoma Giants Part 2: Immersion Tree Walk
    Take a walk to the tallest tree in Point Defiance with a certified arborist and immerse yourself into the world...
    12:00 pm
  • 01 Jun
    World Ocean Weekend
    Dive in to experience the magic of ocean life as we celebrate World Ocean Weekend. Watch marine animals receive special...
  • 01 Jun
    Learn & Work: Plant Identification
    Help celebrate National Trails Day! Join botanist Romey Haberle on a plant identification walk. Then roll up your sleeves and...
    09:00 am

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