Discovery Park
Discovery Park
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Key Info

3801 West Government Way

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Hiking, Parks and Gardens, Free Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.2scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

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 to a spectacular view of Mount Rainier and the city skyline. Trail maps are available at the visitor 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 something for everyone to enjoy. Hikers commented that there is a trail suitable for every experience level and you'll likely see wildlife on your trek. Others recommended visiting at sunset to admire the photogenic views.

Discovery Park is free to enter and open daily from 4 a.m. until 11:30 p.m. Free beach shuttles, which pick up and drop off passengers at the visitor center parking lot, are offered on weekends from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Several bus routes service the area, but they can more than double your journey; driving or taking a taxi is the easiest way to reach the park. If you're driving, you'll need a permit to park near the beach. For more information, visit the Seattle Parks and Recreation website.

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