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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:
  • 23 Aug
    Summer Rose Pruning (deadheading)
    Help Tacoma Rose Society members as they do summer pruning (deadheading) in the Rose Garden at Point Defiance Park.  Bring...
    04:00 pm
  • 24 Aug
    Family Campout
    Sorry, this event is now full! We’re opening up Owen Beach for camping this summer! Join us for...
    07:00 pm
  • 24 Aug
    Free walking tours at Point Defiance Park
    Join us every weekend for free drop-in walking tours. Explore areas of the park and get a new perspective on...

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