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Discovery Park, Seattle

4.6
#7 of 50 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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  • A great, big park that's perfect if you want a long venture in nature away from the city, without the long travel. Lots of different habitats and environments, beautiful views of the Sound and Rainier, a beach, historical buildings, and an educational center. Plenty of trails, marked and unmarked, through wide fields and dense woods. Access by bike, bus, and car is easy and there's so much to see and do that it's worth more than just one trip. Look in the right places and you'll find this park has that special, magical thing about nature your soul wants.
  • Discovery Park is a great place for a hike within the city limits. It can be easily accessed by bus. There is a visitor center that I recommend you to check out. There are flyers for community events and maps of the park. It also has restrooms in it. The park has restrooms all over it too. The views are amazing. Especially at the view point at the highest point of the park. We finished the loop in under 3 hours.
  • I can't believe I've been to Seattle 500 times and no one has ever told me to come here. GORGEOUS. Beautiful mountain views, cute little light house. Awesome rocks on the beach. Paradise in the city.
  • Love that this park is so close to the city... it's HUGE! So many trails and open areas. Also cool forest walks and a long bluff and beach to walk along. The lighthouse is interesting if you get a chance.
  • Big park with great hiking trails. Wonderful place to bring a dog. On a sunny day from the lighthouse, you can see Mount Rainier, Mount Baker, and the Olympics all from one point! Parking is a little tricky and my only complaint could be that, but with enough patience at the parking lot you can have a refreshing outing.
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