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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. Hikers commented that there is a trail suitable for every experience level and you'll likely see wildlife on your journey.
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 visitors center parking lot, are offered from Memorial Day to Labor Day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you're driving, you'll need a permit to park near the beach. For more information, visit the Discovery Park website.
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