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Point Defiance Park

Traffic Alert!
Due to construction of a roundabout at the Pearl Street, park users must exit the park at Mildred Street. (except boathouse and ferry traffic) Learn More >

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:
  • 17 Mar
    Point Defiance Beach Cleanup
    Get hooked on helping at these cleanup events held every 3rd Saturday at the Point Defiance Marina. Join other volunteers...
    09:00 am
  • 17 Mar
    Slug Celebration Walk
    From local heroes to invading enemies, get to know the gastropods – also known as slugs and snails – who...
    11:30 am
  • 19 Mar
    Park Watch Monthly Meeting
    This is a meeting for Park Watch members. Held 5:30-6:30 pm in the lower level of the Point Defiance Pagoda...

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