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Discovery Park, Seattle

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#7 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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  • This is a very scenic park. I went late in the evening. It was not busy. I am sure on nice weekends it is a bit crowded. It is worth visiting while in the area.  more »
  • This a great park if you have time to walk and enjoy, you need time though, beaches are nice views are nice  more »
  • Beautiful views, densely forested trails, a hike down to the beach, and the Daybreak Star Native American Culture Center. Ferns and blackberries line the wooded trails, and the open areas offer some b...  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.
  • So many trails, spectacular sights, walks along the waterfront, a lighthouse, and summer camp for the littleones. Not much to not like about Discovery. Highly recommend to families looking to get an afternoon break from the usual Seattle bustle. Perfect for running, on-leash dog walking,picnics, kite-flying, or lazing on a blanket gazing up at the sky. Few picnic tables and restrooms spread throughout the park. Free parking at multiple lots, no pass needed.
  • I am a big fan of public green spaces and Discover Park is one of my favorites. Over 534 acres of park on the shores of Puget Sound in the Magnolia neighborhood in Washington State and 11.81 miles of walking trails. There's a lot of parking, picnic areas, numerous beach spots, a lighthouse and most of all the most beautiful views of the city and landscape. Check out Discover Park on your next visit to Seattle and you'll see why Discover Park is a local gem. #localguides
  • We’re glad we did it. Beautiful park on a beautiful day. Trails are really well-marked - we’re not experienced hikers, and we couldn’t gave gotten lost if we tried. South Beach and North Beach Trails take you along the bays and are great for kids of all ages. Trails were very well maintained.
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