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Discovery Park, Seattle

4.6
#8 of 60 in Outdoors in Seattle
Take in the classic view of the lighthouse in Discovery Park, which marks the westernmost point of the city. Set out on the 4.5 km (2.8 mi) Discovery Park Loop Trail, the main route leading to all the park's paths. The 19.01 km (11.81 mi) of pathways weave through woods and grassy prairies and past beaches. If you'd like to drive to the beach, you'll need a permit, which you can pick up at the Environmental Learning Center near the east parking lot. Stop by the cultural center in the park to enjoy art and music events in the inspiring, natural setting. Make Discovery Park a part of your Seattle vacation plans using our Seattle online itinerary planner .
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  • Walked & ran this park, both alone & with my son who lives in Seattle.We even walked in the rain on Thanksgiving! Beautiful views of the bay & mountains on a clear day. Ran into friendly locals who gu...  more »
  • We did the loop walk on a nice November morning. We thought it was 2.8 miles, but we actually took the long loop which ended up about 4+ miles. We parked at the Discovery Center which was quote packed...  more »
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  • Discovery Park in Seattle has so much more to offer than any other park in the city. Not discounting the other parks (they all have great qualities), but Discovery is a true jewel! Every corner you turn here will lead you on another adventure ~ deep into the forest, down 277 steps to the north shore, onto the open fields above the south shore. The historic Fort Lawton buildings are worth investigating too, and be sure to visit the Daylight Tribal Center (especially during the Pow Wow). The folks at the Educational Center have a lot of information to offer too, and the trails around there lead to places you will long to return to time and time again. Treat yourself to Discovery Park.
  • It is one of my favorite damn parks in all of Seattle. For a park in the city it has some sprawling trails and abandon roads to walk on (it was a former military base). There are some unique buildings left standing, including a radar tower, from it's previous use. And of course there's some beach to enjoy as well as a few areas of open field. I would definitely recommend checking out this park on a nice day, I love it there.
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