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Discovery Park, Seattle

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#6 of 64 in Outdoors in Seattle
Park · Hidden Gem · Jogging Path
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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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  • What an absolutely beautiful park! My first visit to Seattle and we had the opportunity to visit here - loved the walk and the view was amazing- would love to come back and explore more 
    What an absolutely beautiful park! My first visit to Seattle and we had the opportunity to visit here - loved the walk and the view was amazing- would love to come back and explore more  more »
  • We only ran into a couple of people during our hike from the visitor center (which was closed for winter) to the lighthouse. It's an easy hike about 4.5 mile loop but we went further. It's super... 
    We only ran into a couple of people during our hike from the visitor center (which was closed for winter) to the lighthouse. It's an easy hike about 4.5 mile loop but we went further. It's super...  more »
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  • One of the best parks that's close to the city. So many trails to explore, some of which lead to the water and offer amazing views of the Olympics. You should definitely check out the quaint lighthouse on the westernmost point of the peninsula. There's parking (although very limited) by the water. My preference is to park in the North parking lot which has a lot of space, restrooms and is next to a big wide open field where you can have a picnic or play sports. Then I typically hike up the paved ramp and take one of the trails down to the water.
  • This place is amazing! The name is perfect - in my opinion, don't even look into any more details about the place. Just park and meander your way to the lighthouse. You will, quite literally, 'discover' things ranging from a quiet forest to a sand cliff over the pristine beach. This is the most awesome city park I have been to in the Seattle area, and possibly anywhere. And I love me a good park. Lol. Enjoy

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