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Discovery Park

Park, Trail, and Beach
Magnolia, Seattle
78 Tips and reviews
  • trails
  • hiking
  • scenic views
  • picnics
  • bluff
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  • Alyosha A.
    Alyosha AdamsAugust 20
    Hiking and playing
  • T R
    T RJuly 24
    Arthur Brady, RIP
  • Matthew
    MatthewJuly 21
    Real awesome place to hangout and enjoy the sunset and peace
  • Thor P.
    Thor PApril 9
    Love this park
  • adriana c.
    Very beautiful place
  • Ricardo H.
    Ricardo HernandezMay 31, 2016
    My favorite park in Seattle. Come here in an early Sunday morning and get lost in any of its trails.
  • Caroline L.
    Caroline LMay 11, 2016
    Trails in the middle the city make it feel like you are out in the woods. Took the trail all the way down to the beach.
  • Ricardo H.
    Small park with great views to the Puget Sound. Come here in an early Sunday morning and enjoy breakfast at one of the park benches.
  • Ricardo H.
    Ricardo HernandezApril 21, 2016
    A very quiet park in comparison with all others in Seattle. Beautiful views of Puget Sound. Great place for a summer picnic.
  • Jasper C.
    Jasper CroomeFebruary 13, 2016
    Trail loop is always a popular option
  • Alice H.
    Alice HuangFebruary 2, 2016
    Incredible views!
  • Bommy C.
    Bommy ChaJanuary 5, 2016
    Beautiful walk with grassy fields and a wonderful view of the water.
  • Maddie E.
    Maddie ENovember 29, 2015
    Beautiful in the summer. Trails are great for running or a casual hike
  • Alex L.
    Alex LeeNovember 3, 2015
    Such an amazing view of the water! Awesome beach.
  • Anthony S.
    Anthony SantosSeptember 11, 2015
    There's a less-travelled to beach off one of the north trails
  • Lloyd B.
    Lloyd BagtasAugust 8, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the best places for a trail run, hike, or a bike ride then head off to the North Beach Trail for a swim..
  • Oremo O.
    Oremo OchilloJune 30, 2015
    Hiking trails.
  • Stephen S.
    Stephen SwisherMay 30, 2015
    Gorgeous! Amazing views and great exercise.
  • Todd A.
    Todd AlexanderMay 5, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Great place for a leisurely workout.
  • Suma K.
    Suma KashiApril 28, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    As of April 6, 2015 you need a permit to park down near Westpoint Lighthouse.
  • Melanie G.
    Melanie GeorgeApril 8, 2015
    We. <3. Discovery. Park. Sunset is not to be missed. Soooo romantic! ~Morristown NJ Read more
  • Eppy T.
    Eppy ThatcherMarch 28, 2015
    Here there be rabbits...
  • Eppy T.
    Eppy ThatcherMarch 28, 2015
    Wild rabbits roam the southern portion of of park. You've been warned.
  • Pink N.
    Pink NateMarch 18, 2015
    Tons of trails and very close to home.
  • Matt L.
    Matt LewFebruary 16, 2015
    Walk the coast.
  • Jason S.
    Jason StoffFebruary 16, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Walk the loop! It's got great views. If you don't have a dog with you, head downtown one of the beaches - it's gorgeous, and the trip adds about 30 flights of stairs to your excursion.
  • Jenn P.
    Jenn PNovember 13, 2014
    Amazing views. Walk the trails. Hit the beach at sunset.
  • Eppy T.
    Eppy ThatcherSeptember 9, 2014
    Free apples if you can find the crab apple trees.
  • Mary S.
    Mary SAugust 30, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Sea glass everywhere
  • Lolo S.
    Lolo S.August 29, 2014
    Walk on the beach and explore the shoreline at low tide: sea anemones, shells, driftwood, shore birds.
  • Z H.
    Z HespeltAugust 25, 2014
    The trails, the bluffs, the water, the beach, the wildlife.
  • Pasquale D.
    Pasquale DragoJanuary 5, 2014
  • Mary S.
    Mary SDecember 31, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Great trails
  • Jason P.
    Jason PriceNovember 24, 2013
    Beautiful but a bit smelly from the sewage treatment plant nearby
  • Adrienne H.
    Adrienne HallSeptember 21, 2013
    Fun park lots of trails to do. I still have a lot more to conquer
  • SELF Magazine
    SELF MagazineAugust 12, 2013
    Although it can get pretty chilly, this park is rarely over-crowded and perfect for a romantic date!
  • Greg R.
    Greg RoseAugust 12, 2013
    Sweet mini-zipline in the play area nwar the Visitor Center
  • Tyler J.
    Tyler JahnAugust 5, 2013
    Great place to go for a run, have a picnic, enjoy the beach.
  • Emilio C.
    Emilio CJuly 24, 2013
    A must see when in Seattle. Do the Loop Trail.
  • Timbuk2
    Timbuk2May 9, 2013
    Get lost and find your way back. Head out during low tide and explore the beach. If in season, salmon berries are delish (if you like it tart + sour).
  • Jay T.
    Jay ThompsonMarch 2, 2013
    Watch for sea otters!
  • Ramon L.
    Ramon LopezFebruary 24, 2013
    You can see all kinds of birds to include a barred owl be the visitors center
    TruthorDare.usNovember 13, 2012
    We dare you to take the best possible picture of yourself with the Olympic Mountain behind you in the background, then find the closest active sand dune and try to build a sand castle.
  • Christy N.
    Christy N.September 20, 2012
    The loop trail is hands down my favorite hike!
  • Sam G.
    Sam GrossbergSeptember 18, 2012
    The coolest park in Seattle. Watch the sunset over the Olympics. Take a 3-mile loop hike that feels like you're in the rainforest. Head to the beach and lighthouse if you have time.
  • K F.
    K FTAugust 19, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Sea otters hang out in the rocks along the north beach trail. If you're lucky, you might see them!
  • nicole a.
    nicole appellJuly 29, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Hidden valley trail!
  • Robby D.
    Robby DelawareJuly 28, 2012
    Little known fact about this park: During WWII it housed Italian prisoners of war. There was a controversial riot between African American prison guards and the Italian POWs.
  • Elizabeth L.
    Elizabeth L.July 22, 2012
    2.8mi Loop Trail for a nice walk. Nicely kept park.
  • Greg S.
    Greg SkahillJuly 11, 2012
    Great place for a walk or run! Beach is filled with life every step you take
  • Michael B.
    Michael BellJune 13, 2012
    There are wild bunnies in this park.
  • Carla J.
    Carla JeanJune 6, 2012
    <3 The Tide Pools!!
  • K F.
    K FTMay 27, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Keep your eye out for bald eagles on the south beach trail. They like to hang out in the wooded area overlooking the sound.
  • Dr. Kenneth N.
    In the summer, sit on a bluff and watch as all the cruise ships leave for Alaska between between 4 and 6pm
  • Ken P.
    Ken PrchalDecember 11, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Favorite run: the loop trail
  • Julia W.
    Julia W.November 19, 2011
    No real 'off leash' area for dogs.
  • Daniel
    DanielOctober 30, 2011
    Hike the loop trail.
  • Peggy D.
    Peggy DolaneOctober 19, 2011
    Unexpected in-city hiking.
  • Vishal J.
    Vishal JalanOctober 17, 2011
    North beach trail is a must visit. Clear blue water and beautiful sunset.
  • Aaron W.
    Aaron WilliamsSeptember 28, 2011
    The absolute best for hikes and picnics!
  • Downtown Seattle Y.
    Downtown Seattle YMCAAugust 22, 2011
    Great local place for a hike down to the beach!
  • Hostelling International
    Discovery Park - the beach there was absolutely gorgeous! Great view of the Olympic mountains AND of Mt Rainier - Margarethe (Austria)
  • Trupanion
    TrupanionJuly 26, 2011
    Discovery park is located on the historic grounds of Fort Lawton. It is 534 acres with nearly 12 miles of hiking and walking trails for you and your dog to explore. Please bring a leash and poo bags!
  • Jack S.
    Jack SafarJuly 24, 2011
    It's way more beautiful than the South Beach in Miami (and there's way fewer douche bags walking around).
  • Joshua T.
    Joshua TuscanJune 27, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Hit up the south beach trail, glorious! Read more
  • Mike B.
    Mike BMay 19, 2011
    Nice bathrooms
  • Graham E.
    Graham EggerFebruary 17, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Best tip - Go to the visitors center get a beach pass and drive down to the light house for a nice lunch on the beach!
  • Shawn J.
    Shawn JenningsJanuary 4, 2011
    Don't forget which parking lot, you started from... :p
  • Tamsyn B.
    Tamsyn BailieSeptember 26, 2010
    LOVE running the loop... so quiet and serene. GREAT to shed stress.
  • Paul I.
    Paul IpAugust 2, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Eat blackberries in August
  • Dora
    DoraJune 30, 2010
    Shh! 8 beach parking passes are given on a first-come basis at the Environmental Learning Center to cars with a kid under 7 or adult over 62.Powered by Read more
    HISTORYApril 12, 2010
    Although the park has a beach it's not a prime spot for swimming as the water's cold & the beach rocky. One trail extends to Puget Sound & after a lengthy walk you'll find a lighthouse and tide pools.
  • John P.
    John PorterFebruary 13, 2010
    A great place to watch the sunset and walk your dogs on-leash. The main loop definitely gets crowded when the weather is warm and/dry.
  • Kyla
    KylaFebruary 7, 2010
    Run or walk the loop trail! It's about the same distance as Greenlake but with more variety and gorgeous scenery.
  • Yaw A.
    Yaw AnokwaJanuary 18, 2010
    jesus. put away your phone and enjoy nature.
  • Brad H.
    Brad HowellJanuary 2, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Hit the bluff for amazing views and sunsets. Bring a bottle of wine - just remember not to leave the empties!
  • sarah h.
    sarah haegerNovember 19, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Run the 2.6ish mile loop once or twice... great mid-week run.
  • Oleg G.
    Oleg GaponovDecember 30, 2013
    Был в лесу. Видел вождя. Настоящего!
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