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Discovery Park free

3801 West Government Way | Seattle, WA 98119 | Official website
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  • Type: Hiking, Parks and Gardens
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
Overall Rating: 4.5 (4.5)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Facilities: 4.0 (4.0)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
About these ratings

If you're looking to get outdoors without getting out of the city, this is the place. Sprawling across more than 500 acres in northern Seattle, Discovery Park is the city's largest green space — you'll find hiking trails, meadows, beaches and sand dunes abound. One must-see is the West Point Lighthouse, which can be reached by following the North Beach Trail, while the South Beach Trail leads you to a spectacular view of Mount Rainier and the city skyline. Trail maps are available at the visitors center near the park's main entrance. And if you're not one for hiking, keep in mind the Discovery Park also features a tennis facility, a cultural center and a play area for the kids.

Many park visitors say this is one of Seattle's finer gems. "With some of the most magnificent vistas of the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound, you will have 'gotten away from it all' and reconnected with nature in Seattle's largest park," said one TripAdvisor user, adding visitors should look for wildlife like sea lions, bald eagles and great blue herons.

Discovery Park is free to enter and open daily from 6 a.m. until 11 p.m. For more information, visit the Discovery Park website.

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