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Discovery Park

Address: 3801 Discovery Park Blvd, WA 98199
Phone: (206) 386-4236
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Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center
Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center


Park Hours
Daily 4 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.

Visitor Center Hours
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed holidays

Free Beach Shuttle!

Saturdays and Sundays
10:00am - 5:00pm
May 28 - September 5, 2016
and our special holidays:

  • Memorial Day Monday May 30
  • Monday, July 4
  • Labor Day Monday September 5

During operation, the shuttle will pick up (and drop off) riders in the Visitors Center parking lot, at the north parking lot bus stop, and in the beach parking lot. NO PARKING PERMITS will be available on Saturdays and Sundays, with the exception of the two stalls reserved for disabled placards. Permits for disabled parking are available at the Visitor Center.


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Discovery Park is a 534 acre natural area park operated by the Seattle Parks and Recreation. It is the largest city park in Seattle, and occupies most of the former Fort Lawton site.

The site is one of breathtaking majesty. Situated on Magnolia Bluff overlooking Puget Sound, Discovery Park offers spectacular view of both the Cascade and the Olympic Mountain ranges. The secluded site includes two miles of protected tidal beaches as well as open meadow lands, dramatic sea cliffs, forest groves, active sand dunes, thickets and streams.

The role of Discovery Park is to provide an open space of quiet and tranquility away from the stress and activity of the city, a sanctuary for wildlife, as well as an outdoor classroom for people to learn about the natural world. Maintained in its semi-natural condition the park will continue to offer a biologically rich and diverse natural area for urban dwellers and an unmatched opportunity for environmental education.

For a look at the history of military base reuse in Seattle, please see Military Base Reuse.

City Park Marine Reserves

This park has a City Park Marine Reserve. A marine reserve is any stretch of beach or water that is protected.
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To learn more about Seattle Parks and Recreation, including historic landmarks, military base reuse, and the Sherwood History Files, view our Park History.

Updated May 5, 2016


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Discovery Park Nature Daycamp

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Interested in learning more about the flora and fauna of the Puget Sound region? Do you love sharing nature with others? Then you might be the perfect candidate for the Seattle Volunteer Naturalist program.
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