Discovery Park

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About Discovery Park, Seattle

Discovery Park is an escape away from the daily hustle and bustle of the city. Situated on the western part of Seattle, it is a 543 acre park with a beach complete with a lighthouse and also houses the United Indians of All Tribes Daybreak Star Cultural Centre.

The park has well-marked paths that lead to the beach or for a hike up to Lawton Fort which was a military base previously but has now been closed down. The cemetery adjoining is also a very calm place. The waves lapping up to the shore, the serene environs of the trees is very relaxing. There are over a 200 species of flora and fauna that have been recorded so it's a must visit for nature buffs. It can be trip for half a day or so to spend in re-charging your senses, soaking in the sights and sounds of nature. The view of Puget Sound with Mt. Rainer in the distance, on a clear day it's one of the most pleasing sights Seattle has to offer. 

The Daybreak Star Cultural Center is the central activity center for Native American tribes. The building's structure integrated features of modern architecture and Native American art and culture. It is an auditorium and art gallery and a place where Native American cultural events like the Pow wow- a dance are organized occasionally.

Discovery Park Information

  • This park is for moderately healthy people for trekking and enjoying the wilderness.
  • Attire is sports or casual attire with comfortable walking shoes. Make sure to stick to the paths demarcated beforehand or there are chances of getting lost.
  • Wheelchair access is available upto the beach.

Discovery Park Opening and Closing Hours

  • Park hours: 4am–11:30pm
  • Environmental Learning Center: 8:30am–5pm (Tuesday to Sunday)

How To Get To Discovery Park by Public Transport

  • Bus: W Emerson St and  Magnolia Blvd W-19, 24

Restaurants Near Discovery Park

  • The Walrus and the Carpenter 
  • Anthony’s HomePort
  • Mondello Risorante Italiano

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Address: 3801 Discovery Park Blvd, Seattle, WA 98199, United States

Phone: +1-2063864236

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Time Required: 02:00 Hrs

Timings: 04:00 am - 11:30 pm Details

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  • This was an amazing hike. There are several different terrains along the way starting with the forest and leading to the beach. On top of the bluff it's more of a sandy dune and meadow which is another stunning view to meander through. It takes a decent chunk of time to walk it all and parts are a little harder than others even with stairs built into the trail but overall it was a very fulfilling walk and even our toddler was able to handle most of it on her own.

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  • Great park for adults, trails not suitable for toddlers or strollers. Trails and map need to be more detailed for tourists. Nice area for a day home and perhaps a picnic at the beach. Most of the park seems to be under construction which makes some trails on map closed.

  • Pretty cool to see a walking park with trails and paths in the middle of the city this size. Seems like a great place to get exercise or just enjoy nature. There are only four parking lots with one of those needing a permit. We didn't have a permit so we parked about a mile and a half from the beach, which ended up being our intended destination. The hike to the beach was fun to trail find (It's pretty well marked off) and would have been even better had we been prepared to walk that far but it was still very enjoyable. If you're in the city but don't want to drive out to the boonies to experience nice hiking and nature trails, this is a pretty cool place.

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  • Discovery Park is the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life. The park features dozens of walking trails, both well-tread, and seldom taken. Forest, meadows, and a beautiful beach await eager parties in this quiet reserve. Discovery is by far my favourite park in the Seattle Proper area and I would highly recommend to anyone to devote a day to exploring all it has to offer.

  • Best park in Seattle. There is so much to see: an old military base, a beach, a lighthouse, the Daybreak Star Center, reflecting pools, forest, a lookout where soldiers watched for Japanese subs and ships during WWII, a good picnic area, and so much more. Every time I go, I find something new in this huge park.

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