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Discovery Park
  • 3801 W Government Way

    and 36th Ave

    Seattle, WA 98119-1014

  • Phone: 206-386-4236


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  • Hours:

    Discovery Park 

     

    Daily 6am-11pm Visitor Center 

     

    Tue-Sun 8:30am-5pm

     
  • Type:
    Beaches, Parks
     
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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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John Ferri

Ten Best Logo 03 Local Expert Says:

"The park occupies the grounds of the former Fort Lawton military base, and there is interesting interpretive history here about the park's past and information on its pioneering role in the national military base re-use program that began in the early 1980s. The park's Fort Lawton Historic District includes "Officers' Row," military buildings surviving from the park's days as a fort. "


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 Attractions near KeyArena at Seattle Center Because: Those needing to find an urban oasis, head to Discovery Park, where visitors find hiking trails, a pristingebeach and a lighthouse.

Best for Beaches Because: Discovery Park offers urban hiking trails and a perfect reward: sandy beaches marked by a lighthouse 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 Romantic Things to Do Because: Discovery Park proves a beautiful urban spot for getting some fresh air and exercise. Consider packing a picnic for a romanic beach lunch.

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.