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Discovery Park

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

Special Announcements

Discovery Park is a ParentMap top favorite in the 2013 Golden Teddy Awards!

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K-12 Field Investigations

Bringing hands-on science and environmental education to your local park.

We provide opportunities for grades K-12 and organized groups to experience age-appropriate, hands-on adventures in learing about natural communities in an urban setting.

Programs align with WA State Essential Academic Learing Requirements for core content areas and support Science kits.

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

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


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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.

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Updated September 15, 2014


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