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Discovery Park

Parent Category: Seattle
Created: 11 June 2014
Address: 3801 Discovery Park Blvd
Seattle, WA 98199
Phone: 206-386-4236
Hours: Daily 6am - 11pm (Park)
Tue-Sun 8:30am - 5pm (Visitor Center
Admission: Free

Photo from King County, Seattle, Discovery ParkPictures and the video below will take you on a virtual tour around the park! Take a minute to look them through!

Description:

Photo from King County, Seattle, Discovery ParkDiscovery Park has lots to offer, more than many of the parks in Seattle. Discovery Park is a 534-acre natural area park, which is operated by the Seattle Parks and Recreation. This park is considered to be the largest in the city of Seattle and it is located on the territory of the former Fort Lawton. This park offers gorgeous views of the mountains and Puget Sound.

There are more than seven miles of different hiking trails. The biggest attraction and the most popular trail in the park is the 2.8-mile Loop Trail. The path is well-maintained and kids-friendly, this is the path that circles the park. The trail runs through the dense forest and offers wonderful views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains.

Photo from King County, Seattle, Discovery ParkThe Wolf Tree Nature Trail is also a wonderful and shorter trail that gives the opportunity to observe huge collection of the plants. Some of the trails lead to North and South Beach and open new views for the visitors. The West Point Light Trail is connected both to the Loop Trail and to the North beach and South Beach Trails. The West Point Light Trail is very popular among the hikers because it leads to the famous lighthouse. This lighthouse was built in 1881. Except the lighthouse there are nine historic buildings.

It should be said that there are different small areas in the park that represent various ecosystems, that’s why this park attracts lots of visitors. The main wildlife representatives that can be often seen here are birds. Red-throated, Western Grebes, Marbled Murrelets, Common Loons, and Rhinoceros Auklets are usual species that can be found here. Five species of gull use the beach all winter, fall is a good time for observing Bonaparte's Gulls, Parasitic Jaegers, and Common Terns.

Photo from King County, Seattle, Discovery ParkOther parts of the main Loop Trail will lead you the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center with a small art gallery and two small trails.
Visitors of the park say that the best way to start exploring this Seattle’s park is to visit visitor’s center.

Directions:

From downtown Seattle

Go west on Denny Way. Turn right onto Elliott Ave. Elliott becomes 15th Avenue W. Continue to follow 15th to Exit - Dravus Street. Turn right onto 20th Avenue W that will become Gilman Ave W. Gilman Ave W then becomes W Government Way. Follow W Government Way until the East entrance of the Park.

These pictures were taken on June 5, 2014

In order to get the directions click on the link below:

Photo: Roman Khomlyak

Photo Editing: Pavlo Petryshyn

Information: Marina Petrova

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