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Discovery Park

Type: Beaches, Free Attractions, 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...  Read More

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  • Outdoor Activities, Best Attractions & Activities, Free Things to Do: "The park can be reached by car or public bus; access park entrances via the East and South parking lots. One of the most popular trails, the Discovery Park Loop Trail, is a designated National Recreation Trail that measures 2.8 miles long with an elevation change of just 140 feet."
  • Things to Do with Kids: "The park occupies the grounds of the former Fort Lawton military base, and there is interesting interpretive history here about the park's past. Kids will love the playground, perfect for those wanting to zip, slide, swing, climb and get the wiggles out before or after a nature hike."
  • Things to Do in December: "Support a newer arm of The United Indians of All Tribes Foundation and Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center (located in Discovery Park) by shopping for Native American art from Sacred Circle Gift Shop (both online or in their Ballard gallery)."
  • Things to Do in Fall: "Pack a picnic to enjoy on the beach next to the West Point Lighthouse. (The park's Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center, now has a sister gallery in Ballard called Sacred Circle Gift Shop.)"
  • Attractions near Cruise Port, Beaches: "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."
  • Parks: "The park occupies the grounds of the former Fort Lawton military base, and interesting interpretive history exists 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."
  • Attractions near KeyArena at Seattle Center: "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 Outdoor Activities, Best Attractions & Activities Because: Situated on Magnolia Bluff overlooking Puget Sound, this expansive urban park offers two miles of beach trails and nine miles of winding footpaths.
  • 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 attractions.
  • Best for Things to Do in December Because: Discovery Park, on Magnolia Bluff overlooking Puget Sound, is an expansive urban park featuring two miles of beach trails and nine miles of winding footpaths.
  • Best for Things to Do in Fall Because: Situated on Magnolia Bluff overlooking Puget Sound, this expansive urban park proves the perfect place to soak in autumnal foliage within city limits.
  • Best for Free Things to Do Because: Magnificent Discovery Park offers a great outdoorsy option within city limits. Go for a trail walk or run, then wander the lovely stretch of beach.
  • 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 Parks Because: Discovery Park, an expansive urban oasis, offers two miles of beach trails and nine miles of winding footpaths (with stunning water 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.

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