3801 W Government Way
and 36th Ave
Seattle, WA 98119-1014
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Situated on Magnolia Bluff overlooking Puget Sound, this expansive urban park — the largest in Seattle -- offers two miles of beach trails and nine miles of winding footpaths. Ostensibly a bluff-top reserve, Discovery Park protects a remarkable urban wilderness and is a great place for nature-watching. The Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center, which features art and cultural exhibits, is also located at the park, as is a marine reserve. An 1881 lighthouse, the oldest in the area, can also be found here. Offering breathtaking views of both the Cascade and the Olympic mountain ranges, the park's remote site includes two miles of protected tidal beaches as well as open meadow lands, dramatic sea cliffs, forest groves, active sand dunes, thickets, and streams.
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Best for Attractions near Cruise Port Because: Discovery Park, not far from cruise port in Magnolia, is a 534-acre natural area, urban park with a beautiful beach and stunning views.
Best for Free Things to Do Because: Discovery Park offers a great outdoorsy option within city limits. Go for a trail walk or run, then saunter the lovely stretch of beach.
Best for Things to Do with Kids Because: Discovery Park gives kids free reign to roam around an enormous urban space where a beach and lighthouse are the main attraction.