Discovery Park

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  • Address: 3801 Discovery Park Blvd, Seattle, WA 98199, United States, 98199
  • Timings: 04:00 am - 11:30 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-2063864236
  • Fax: +1-2066840195
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Park, Walking Area, Family And Kids, Nature, Landmarks, Parks, Urban Parks

Discovery Park - Review

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. Also, visit the popular attractions in the city by following Seattle Itinerary 6 Days.

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 reach 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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  • Discovery Park Address: 3801 Discovery Park Blvd, Seattle, WA 98199, United States, 98199
  • Discovery Park Contact Number: +1-2063864236
  • Discovery Park Timing: 04:00 am - 11:30 pm
  • Discovery Park Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Discovery Park(preferred time): 06:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Discovery Park: 02:00 Hrs
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Things to Know Before Visiting Discovery Park

  • 80.42% of people who visit Seattle include Discovery Park in their plan

  • 22.66% of people start their Discovery Park visit around 3 PM - 4 PM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Discovery Park

Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday

92.99% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Discovery Park

People normally club together Sky View Observatory and Woodland Park Zoo while planning their visit to Discovery Park.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

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Discovery Park, Seattle Reviews

  • Discovery Park in Seattle has so much more to offer than any other park in the city. Not discounting the other parks (they all have great qualities), but Discovery is a true jewel! Every corner you turn here will lead you on another adventure ~ deep into the forest, down 277 steps to the north shore, onto the open fields above the south shore. The historic Fort Lawton buildings are worth investigating too, and be sure to visit the Daylight Tribal Center (especially during the Pow Wow). The folks at the Educational Center have a lot of information to offer too, and the trails around there lead to places you will long to return to time and time again. Treat yourself to Discovery Park.

  • It is one of my favorite damn parks in all of Seattle. For a park in the city it has some sprawling trails and abandon roads to walk on (it was a former military base). There are some unique buildings left standing, including a radar tower, from it's previous use. And of course there's some beach to enjoy as well as a few areas of open field. I would definitely recommend checking out this park on a nice day, I love it there.

  • We’re glad we did it. Beautiful park on a beautiful day. Trails are really well-marked - we’re not experienced hikers, and we couldn’t gave gotten lost if we tried. South Beach and North Beach Trails take you along the bays and are great for kids of all ages. Trails were very well maintained.

  • We hiked 3 miles or so in the park this past week while visiting Seattle and had a great time. There are some beautiful views down near the beach. The trails are generally well marked and well trafficked so it feels very safe there. Met many nice folks during our time in the park. The trail down to the beach from the loop trail on the south side has some spots that are a bit steep so you might want to keep that in mind if you want to go down to the beach area to look out on the water. Similarly, on the north beach trail the hike up out of there back to the loop trail involves a couple sections of steep steps and one or two areas where it looks like they are in the process of repairing the trail. One area the walkway was a bit slanted and there were several boards on some steps that need to be replaced. I mention those just to be complete. It looks like they have ongoing trail improvement activities at the park so I suspect those issues will be remedied in short order. It's a great place to spend a day hiking for a few hours. I wish I had a nice park like this near where I live.

  • For people who live in the city, this place is a saving grace. The park is huge. The topography is incredibly diverse. If you walk through the whole park you'll travel through a rain forest, a large open field (with abandoned military houses), a blackberry field, until you get to a beach with an old lighthouse. It's a great place to bring out of town guests. The thing that amazes me most about this park is how consistently clean it is. I rarely, rarely, rarely see litter (despite a lack of trashcans throughout the park). I've also yet to see homeless camps, which is a rare site these days in Seattle parks.

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