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Discovery Park

3801 W Government Way, Seattle, WA 98119 (Magnolia / Queen Anne)
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As featured in Seattle for free
Ranked #22 of 206 attractions in Seattle
Type: Parks, Jogging Paths/ Tracks
Activities: Jogging, Running
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: You can get lost happily among the thickets, nature trails, beaches and bluffs of this 534-acre park.
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Seattle, Washington
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90 reviews 90 reviews
29 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This former military reservation is a mixture of open space (mown fields, wild-ish grassland, forest), and down below by West Point a lighthouse and a beach. With miles of trails and amazing views, this is a favorite with locals as a place to stroll or jog or take a dog for a walk. It's huge - so plan on walking... More

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New Delhi, India
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102 reviews 102 reviews
20 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

A great place to get out away from the stress of the city. Good walks—mostly quite easy with a few trails that are a bit more challenging. Some of the trails are quite accessible for wheelchair access, but not all. There are fields for picnics and playing frisbee or whatever. You can hike down to the beach and along the... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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607 reviews 607 reviews
71 attraction reviews
294 helpful votes 294 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

I visited here on a spring Saturday morning with friends. An urban oasis! We parked easily and went on a lovely hike along the beach trail, which offered rugged (but not difficult) terrain and had a nice variety of scenery through the forest and then along the water. While we encountered occasional other people, it was a serene, quiet hike,... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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39 reviews 39 reviews
19 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

The short version: A 1.5 mile hike to the beach passing by many beautiful views of the water, and a long beach where you didn't feel overcrowded. We will definitely be back. The long version: My wife and I just moved to north of Seattle, and have finally started getting out around town. This was our third beach, after Picnic... More

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Shenzhen, China
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

There are a lot of runners, hikers. But if the first time to go to Discovery Park, it's better to get a map from the visitor's Center, which is free. Today my goal was to see the West Point, so I was walking around the loop trail and then the south beach trail. The walk is good, the view is... More

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Bergen, Norway
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70 reviews 70 reviews
30 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

We went out to Discovery Park to see West Point Lighthouse, as I had seen it in sooo many photos before. I was NOT disappointed! The scenery is fantastic! I do wish that they had done something with the gravel "wall" on one side of the lighthouse though. I suppose it has to be there because of mother nature. Either... More

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Peterborough, Canada
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

We were so disappointed, having taken the ferry from Victoria and arrived on a Monday afternoon wanting to stretch our legs. We arrived at the Lighthouse parking area where there was a sign indicating we would be towed if we didn't have a parking permit. We drove back to the Visitors Center to find a sign announcing it was closed... More

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portland oregon
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28 reviews 28 reviews
3 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

We live near Portland, OR, so PacNorthwest mountains and trails are not new to us. This park has the advantage of nice views of the Puget Sound, but otherwise it's just walking trails. The lighthouse is not worth seeing. The military cemetery is mildly interesting. I just didn't see anything that made me glad I went. It was cold and... More

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Seattle, Washington
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

We like walking, biking and eating fresh blackberries off the vine in the summer. Has a great area for kite flying also.

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Seattle, Washington
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60 reviews 60 reviews
16 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

542 acres of trees, ocean views, a light house, trails every where. Beach walking, what else is there to add ?

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