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“BEAUTIFUL! But be prepare to do 1-hour + of light hiking”
Review of Discovery Park

Discovery Park
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$89.00*
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Seattle Shore Excursion: Pre-Cruise Sightseeing...
Ranked #29 of 474 things to do in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: You can get lost happily among the thickets, nature trails, beaches and bluffs of this 534-acre park.
Reviewed October 6, 2009

Decided to get out of downtown this time and see some of the "true Seattle". Discovery Park is a gem with such beautiful scenery. I spend about 3 hours there doing the suggested trail loop (maps are available at the info centre for $1.00) which offeres great scenery including the ocean, Olympic mountains, dunes, cliffs and some beautiful forest.
But be prepare to do some uphill and downhill hiking - it's more than a leisurey stroll.

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Reviewed October 1, 2009

To get to the South Bluff, drive to the park over the Magnolia Bridge and park in the SOUTH parking lot. It's about 5-10 minutes to the South Bluff which has magnificent views of Puget Sound, the Olympics, and Rainier. Those reviewers ho are complaining about getting lost in military housing/ paved roads are approaching the Park from the Indian Cultural Center and it takes a lot longer to hike to the views from that entrance.

Discovery Park is one of the gems of seattle. Highly recommebd it and it's a great place for watching the sunset over the Olpympics. The Loop Trail gives you a 3-mile loop and passes by the bluffs. To get diwn to the beach you have to leave the Loop Trail.

Hope this helps!

9  Thank SeattleOrca
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Reviewed July 22, 2008

When we got a map on the internet of this park it looked like a great place where you can park very close to the water and enjoy walking along the bay waterfront.

What you learn when you get there is that most of the roads are closed due to military housing being in the middle of the park. Sooooo...you have to park at a visitor center and hike at least 30 minutes to even get to the beach.

Once down there it is beatiful and peaceful with a great little lighthouse. I just wish they had better facilities so you could easily access those waterfront areas. From our time in the Seattle area there are plenty of other great beaches to visit without having to hike to even get down to them.

3  Thank TexasTraveller56
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Reviewed July 19, 2008

The reviews of the park made it sound like there was at least one nice beach (the one beach turned out to be next to the sewage plant). The rest of the beaches were private or unaccessible.

The directional signs were confusing and misleading. We are fairly experienced (but low level hikers), but could NOT figure the signs out at all and wound up going by instinct.

The plants and trees were beautiful, but we were overwhelmed by the paved roads and paths and the military housing and, of course, the smell of the sewage treatment plant.

Nothing about the park measured up to the rave reviews in the guidebooks. We didn't have enough time to explore many areas and spent way too much time trying to find nice areas of Discovery Park, leaving a bad impression of the park areas in Seattle. And it isn't that we didn't try to find nice areas of Discovery Park. Three trips over three days and we still left the park feeling that we were cheated.

In comparison to the lovely Stanley Park in Vancouver, Discovery Park just doesn't rate. Stanley Park has a balance between the natural world and the civilized world. There are some natural areas and some well defined paths in Stanley Park, there are also lovely plantings, nice gardens, a free bus that gives a good introduction and useful maps and signs.

4  Thank Karbose
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Reviewed September 11, 2007

Must do: get to north of Seattle to Discovery Park -- at sunset -- and walk out to the lighthouse on the bay/puget sound - great sunset pictures and nice quiet area to relax. On the way back there is a seafood restaurant -- called Fisherman's Wharf -- I think -- on a pier -- and great fish tacos and chowder and free refills on sodas and also big portions and quiet atmosphere on a Thursday night in August.

4  Thank FamilyFunBunch
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