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Discovery Park, Seattle

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#6 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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  • Not all visitors to Discovery Park in the wonderful western edge of Seattle, know that it once was a great place for little kids to ride their bikes, climb trees and roam about in freedom when it was ...  more »
  • A great place to unwind any time of the day but I would suggest an evening picnic and watching the sunset. Heaven  more »
  • This was a great park for a mid day stroll. I went in October. Although it was sunny out, it was pretty chilly since you are so close to the water. The trails are do-able for sure. I ended up going wi...  more »
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  • Pretty cool to see a walking park with trails and paths in the middle of the city this size. Seems like a great place to get exercise or just enjoy nature. There are only four parking lots with one of those needing a permit. We didn't have a permit so we parked about a mile and a half from the beach, which ended up being our intended destination. The hike to the beach was fun to trail find (It's pretty well marked off) and would have been even better had we been prepared to walk that far but it was still very enjoyable. If you're in the city but don't want to drive out to the boonies to experience nice hiking and nature trails, this is a pretty cool place.
  • It is a great place! I wish we had more time to explore it as there is so much to do here. The only bad thing is we didn't know you need a permit to park in one of the 8 spots near the beach. They expect people to walk 1.5 miles each way which is great if you have enough time and no kids. The view was great though!
  • This was such a cool spot. Flowers, lighthouse, rocks, and some sandy parts. We visited and of May and the water was freezing but some people were still in it. There are some great photo ops here and a handful of people were there for photo shoots. You have to drive to the end of the road, so it seemed pretty far within the park. Was a nice spot to see the sunset over the water and mountains.
  • Great park! Awesome views of the Olympics at sunset, wide variety of landscapes to explore ranging from fields of grass to dense forests to even sandy dune like hills. Good place to walk your dog, have a picnic, or just spend a day exploring. Definitely my favorite park in the Seattle area.
  • Such beauty in the heart of Seattle. You'd swear you're out in the country if it wasn't for all the people. Salmon berries are out in force right now so was fun to hike, pick and eat as we went. The lighthouse at the bottom of the park on the water is always so very haunting. I never get sick of the view here.

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