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Point Defiance Visitors Center

 Open for the summer from Friday, May 24, 2019 through Labor Day.

Hours
Friday-Sunday, 10 am - 5 pm

Mondays: Also open: Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day
Closed June 21-23 during Taste of Tacoma

Location
5715 Roberts Garden Rd., inside Point Defiance Park
Tacoma, WA 98407
(253) 305-1088

As you enter Point Defiance from Pearl Street, the Visitors Center is just inside the park, on the left, across the street from the tennis courts.

Free Drop-In Tours
Every Friday, Saturday, Sunday (with a few exceptions, see below)
No registration necessary

  • Walking History Tour: 11-11:30 am, Meet at the Point Defiance Visitors Center. Free
  • Ranger-led Nature Walk: 1-2 pm, Meet at the Rhododendron Garden Pavilion
  • Garden Tour: 2:30-3 pm, Meet at the Point Defiance Visitors Center. Free

No tours June 21-23 due to Taste of Tacoma

No Ranger-led Nature Walks on these days:

  • June 21-23 – Taste of Tacoma
  • July 13
  • July 28
  • August 18
  • August 17
  • August 25
  • Sept 7
 

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Point Defiance Gear
Check out the new Point Defiance Park gear, from hats to hoodies to t-shirts.
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Come to the Visitors Center to:

BECOME A JUNIOR RANGER
Get your free Junior Ranger handbook and complete it at any pace, then when ready, Junior Ranger hopefuls can present the book to the Visitors Center ambassadors and recite the pledge to receive an official Junior Ranger badge.  Learn more >

RESERVE PICNIC SHELTERS & PICNIC KITS
Drop by to rent a picnic shelter and picnic kit.
Learn more about the shelters & picnic kits

BORROW TENNIS EQUIPMENT
Point Defiance Park has tennis courts that boast a spectacular view. Come play...we'll loan you the tennis equipment. Drop by, provide us your Driver’s License and we'll loan tennis rackets and balls for up to 2 hours of play. Check-out begins 10 am, equipment must be returned by 4:30 pm. 

QUENCH YOUR THIRST
Granola bars and water available for purchase.

ASK QUESTIONS AND GET INFORMATION
Park Ambassadors work seasonally at the Visitors Center (and/or the park kiosk) and give talks, answer questions, help visitors find information, participate in educational tours and more.


E.R. Roberts Family Portrait Outside Point Defiance Lodge - photo courtesy of Jean Insel RobesonHISTORY OF THE VISITORS CENTER
The Board of Park Commissioners approved $2,200 to build a residence in Point Defiance Park in 1898 for Superintendent Ebenezer Rhys Roberts, referred to as the Keeper's Lodge. Read more about the history of Point Defiance Park's Lodge.