Tacoma Nature Center




Nestled on a 71-acre nature preserve encompassed by Snake Lake, the Tacoma Nature Center combines beautiful modern architecture with nature’s natural splendor to create a remarkable wedding venue right in Washington’s wilderness. Exchange heartwarming vows in the depth of the woods surrounded by towering pines. For a less isolated occasion, exchange vows in an intimate ceremony outside of the Nature Center’s rustic architecture. Stroll the preserve’s numerous nature trails and snap unforgettable wedding photos near the sparkling lake, wild wetlands, and peaceful woodlands. Enjoy the ambient honking of the Canadian geese and the lovely songs of the wood duck. When it comes time to celebrate your union, retreat inside the Tacoma Nature Center for a gorgeous reception in a grand gathering room with floor-to-ceiling windows and rich wood interior. You and your guests can enjoy stunning views of the surrounding wetlands, serpentine lake, and majestic forests. If you are searching for an amazing indoor wedding venue that brings the glory of the outdoors into the comfort of the interior, then look no further than the Tacoma Nature Center!

Venue Style

Event Center, Museum/Gallery, Outdoor


Indoor/Outdoor Ceremony, Indoor Reception


Max Indoor Ceremony: 80 guests
Max Outdoor Ceremony: 80 guests
Max Indoor Reception: 65 guests

Time Restrictions

Flexible set up start time. Early morning can be arranged. Events must end by midnight.

Rental Fees

The rental fee is $600 for a ceremony and reception and includes 6 hours of event time including set up and clean up time. The fee for a ceremony only wedding is $200/hr. Additional hours can be arranged for a fee of $100/hr. A refundable security deposit of $350 is required.

Wedding Cost

The average wedding cost at Tacoma Nature Center is estimated at between $1,622 and $7,221 for a ceremony & reception for 50 guests.





Amenities Included

Bride's dressing area
Dance floor
Tables and chairs provided
Venue set up and clean up
Day of onsite manager
Kitchen for prep only
Large parking lot

Special Restrictions

BYO alcohol
Venue must approve all decorations
No rice, birdseed, confetti, etc.
Approved outside caterer allowed
Amplified music OK indoors and outdoors
Smoking outside only
Alcohol must be served by licensed bartender/caterer
Music must end by midnight