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Point Defiance Visitors Center

Closure Alert - Due to the Taste of Tacoma, the Visitors Center will be closed June 22-24, 2018.


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 Visitors Center Hours
Open and staffed May 25 through Labor Day.

  • Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • 10 am-5 pm

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

Alert - Tours are cancelled June 22-24, 2018 due to the Taste of Tacoma.

Meet at the Point Defiance Visitors Center for tours with the Park Ambassadors.
June 2-September 3
Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays

Fridays
11-11:30 am - Walking History Tour
2:30-3 pm - Garden Tour

Saturdays
11-11:30 am - Walking History Tour
2:30-3 pm - Urban Wildlife Walk

Sundays
11-11:30 am - Urban Wildlife Walk
2:30-3 pm - Garden Tour


Ranger-led Nature Walks
Meet at the Rhododendron Garden Pavilion
June 8-September 3
Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays
1-2 pm

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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.