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Discovery Park - 15 Reviews - 3801 W Government Way, Seattle, WA - Nature Centers Reviews - Phone (206) 386-4236

Discovery Park

3801 W Government Way
Seattle, WA 98199
(206) 386-4236
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Discovery Park - Seattle, WA
Discovery Park - Seattle, WA
Discovery Park - Seattle, WA
Discovery Park - Seattle, WA
Discovery Park - Seattle, WA
Discovery Park - Seattle, WA
Discovery Park - Seattle, WA
Discovery Park - Seattle, WA
Discovery Park - Seattle, WA
Discovery Park - Seattle, WA


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The great thing about this is you can get a good run or hike in and see great views. I recommend parking in the North Lot then doing a loop down to the beach to see the lighthous...


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Like walking here 2/22/2012

The great thing about this is you can get a good run or hike in and see great views. I recommend parking in the North Lot then doing a loop down to the beach to see the lighthouse, then back up through the forest. Great views of Olympics and Sound at Discovery Park. more

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Outdoor Activity 2/22/2012

Discovery Park is great with people who love outdoor activity. If you don't have enough time to make hiking trails outside of Seattle then Discovery Park makes a great escape for the outdoor lover. more

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Editorial Review 10/28/2011

It is the largest city park in Seattle overlooking the Puget Sound and offers fabulous views of the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges. The park has a diverse landscape including meadows, sea cliffs, forest, sand dunes, streams , a lighthouse and even 2 miles of protected tidal beaches. more

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Nice 11/2/2008

It's a nice park, lots of space if you like the nature and trails. The beaches are kinda little small and lots of open areas. Close enough to the city. Can't remember if they had off leash park for dogs though. more

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One of the best discoveries 2/28/2006

Sometimes when I'm standing atop one of the cliffs in Discovery Park, I like to pretend what I'm seeing is what the first settlers experienced on their arrival; it's so refreshing and awe-inspiring. But then I remember that the coastline was a lot more forested and difficult to navigate back then, that a lot of grooming and maintenance is required to keep the park in the shape it is in. (How else would all the strollers, marathoners and dogs manage it?) Still, I think the magic about it keeps it among my favorite places in the city. Whether you're going on a hike, bird-watching, playing ultimate frisbee or doing a trail run, Discovery Park harbors a wealth of activity. You get basketball courts and a visitor's center, trails and water fountains, all side-by-side. The park is especially great with out-of-town guests; you get to enjoy nature without leaving Seattle city limits. I love how in the span of a few miles, I can hike through some small forest, walk along a sandy beach and stand in the middle of what feels like a mini prairie. Although many of the visitors travel in groups, I still find Discovery Park a great place for solitude. Depending on the day, you can spend an hour exploring and not run into anyone. And even if there are lots of people around--as is usually true on a sunny summer day--it's hard to beat the views. If you are going for a run in the rain, there's pretty decent tree coverage on the Loop Trail. If there hasn't been a lot of recent precipitation, the trails are usually manageable still, with limited pools of water to spoil your jaunt. If you're letterboxing, I will note that I've never been successful at finding any of the boxes. Perhaps I'm going at the wrong time, perhaps my navigational skills are that off. I have a sinking suspicion, though, park officials are diligent about removing any foreign articles found. I've never visited the park after sundown. I've heard interesting rumors about the goings-on once the sun has set, but I cannot confirm. more

Great Oudoor Adventure 9/21/2005

We must have spent a day exlporing this place from the light house on the beach to the trails and the remaining houses. We even ventured over to the cemetery to see those who gave their lives for this country. Many opportunities for great pictures. Bathrooms were available as well as a visitors center where questions could be answered. more

See owls at dusk in Discovery Park 8/21/2005

Discovery Park is located at the west tip of Seattle's Magnolia neighborhood. If you want to see something amazing, go around dusk to watch the owls fly and dive in the vast fields in search of food. If you park at the South end of the park, walk in and go toward the water tower, you'll be at the top of a vast open field. At dusk, stand quitely and still, and watch the owls come from the trees (usually in the south), and circle in the field before diving into the grass. They usually make a full circle of most of the field, so you can see them anywhere. Just keep your eyes open and appreciate that we can participate in this in Seattle! more

Huge park with lots of trails 8/19/2005

If you are looking for a place to find some great walking trails in the city, visit Discovery Park. There is also a play area that is under utilized - you need to look for it. Be sure to find the duck pond as well. Great for kids and adults. more

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Park has one of the most beautiful views in Seattle 8/17/2005

Discovery Park is a good sized park located in Magnolia that offers the most breathtaking views of the Puget Sound, Mt. Rainier, the Olympics, and West Seattle of any park I’ve been to in Seattle yet. They have many trails, some of which do not allow bikes, that take you around the park. The main “loop” trail is about 2 or 3 miles that’s just about perfect for a short run. Starting at the parking lot gets you to the cliff’s edge viewpoint a mile and a half through. It’s great to sit at the view point, watch the ferries and sailboats, see the sunset over the Olympics, or check out Mt. Rainier. You can also go down to the beach and play in the sand, bring a picnic, or go swimming. The beach even has its own lighthouse! Whenever someone visits me in Seattle, I bring them here because I think it gives a good representation of how beautiful this city is. more

The Best Nature Within City Limits 8/16/2005

Discovery Park is a great place to get away to nature for a day without having to drive an hour or more. The park has many different environments; woods, meadow and beach. All are easily accessed and explored using the many paths that criss-cross the park. Discovery Park is also an ideal introduction to nature for smaller kids. The paths are relatively wide and gradual, except the one to the beach. If your plans include taking small kids to the beach, stop by the Nature Center for a parking pass so you can drive rather than hike. more

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Discovery Park.... 7/30/2005

Discovery Park is located in Magnolia, and is considered the largest city park in Seattle. It stand where the old Fort Lawton used to be. This park is surrounded by beautiful views of the Puget Sound, mountain views, streams, forests, and sea cliffs. It is a great place to go to relax and find some peace and relaxation for it is very quiet over there. They have tennis courts, picnic tables, childrens playground, trails, and paths. Also a good spot to bring your kids to or your dog for a walk. more

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Parents rejoice- real nature really close 10/17/2004

young parents yearning to introduce their chitlins to mud and leaves and bugs without having to load up their car and drive to the cascades should dig the wide open space and big old trees just 1/4 mile walk from the southern parking lot of Discovery Park. more
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  • In Short
    Discovery Park is the crown jewel in the impressive array of Seattle's wild parks. This 534-acre park, which surrounds Fort Lawton military installation, has three main entrances and an extensive trail network, ranging from bluff-top strolls to sandy beach walks. A good introduction is the 2.8-mile loop from the visitor center. You'll pass through a forest of old-growth, broad-leaved trees and second-growth conifers, with overlooks featuring excellent views of Puget Sound below.

    Photo by Chris Daniel

  • 3/10/2008 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Monday To Sunday From 06:00 AM To 11:00 PM
  • Neighborhoods:

    Magnolia - Queen Anne, Magnolia / Queen Anne, Lawton Park