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Discovery Park, Seattle

4.6
#7 of 39 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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  • My wife and I were visiting and wanted to get to the shore to look around. After parking as close as we could (there is no actual way to drive to the ocean) we found out the trails were miles long and...  more »
  • If you are hiking person, or a walker, or a biker, this is a great place to visit. trails are great, nature and the views are awesome. If you follow the trails, it will lead you to the lighthouse!  more »
  • Large park with a long loop trail 3 mile that can be extended to 5 miles. Make sure you walk from the north beach access along the water, around the point to the south beach access. Bonus, lots of rou...  more »
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  • My favorite park in Seattle. As soon as you enter, you're surrounded by trees, and it really feels like you're no longer in the city. There are some great trails, and the views from Magnolia Bluff are great, but the best spot is the West Point Lighthouse way out at the western end along the Sound. The parking there is rough, but you shouldn't be driving down there anyway unless you have no choice. Take a walk--you'll enjoy it.
  • We are so lucky to have such a massive park with nice walking and jogging trails. The visitor center is s great place for kids to come and learn about the wildlife in the area. Take a nice hike down the beach and lighthouse. There is also the Daybreak Star Center within the park. Plan on spending the day because there is so much to explore.
  • The trails here are great for running and hiking and most are large enough for groups to walk together and still have room for people to pass but some of the steeper trails along the water can get pretty narrow. Particularly on the stairs, and there's plenty of stairs on some of the big inclines. They're a good challenge but if you're a wuss you can mostly avoid them and stay on flatter trails. To get down to the beaches though you have to go downhill and what goes down must come back up! It's really a great place to bring kids or your dog or just go for a long run by yourself. There's lots of awesome views of the Puget Sound from up on the cliff sides too.
  • This is my favorite park in Seattle by far. I come here whenever I get the chance because there truly is so much to discover! Even though I am a regular at this park, I am always finding new hidden gems. A couple visits ago, my boyfriend and I found a rope swing on the beach (pictured below). The park is absolutely wonderful for long walks and watching the sunset, which can be viewed from the beach or from the bluffs above. From the lighthouse, to the forest, to the bluffs, Discovery Park has a lot of beautiful views to offer and is highly worth a visit.
  • I visited on Rainy Saturday afternoon and it was very busy. Park is very large with trails all over and lots of fields and dog friendly areas. Ample parking, without parking fees. Quite a few beautiful views of the water. Public restroom and water bowl for our furry friends. I look forward to visiting again on a sunnier day.

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