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Discovery Park, Seattle

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#7 of 47 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. Add Discovery Park and other attractions to your Seattle trip itinerary using our Seattle vacation trip planner.
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  • August 12, 2017
    We came here so my husband could get in a long run but loved it for the beach and forest. It's a summer weekend so there is a shuttle bus running every 20 min or so to the beach area. I took that whil...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    Loved the five mile loop to south beach trail. Gorgeous views and wild blackberries growing everywhere.  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    We went for a run in this park and made some hikes. It's a nice escape if you're getting tired of the city or if you just want to go for a walk. There's some parking spaces, but around the arboretum i...  more »
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  • June 23, 2017
    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.
  • June 30, 2017
    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!
  • June 15, 2017
    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.
  • June 28, 2017
    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.
  • June 14, 2017
    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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