At 534 acres, Discovery Park is the largest city park in Seattle. Its purpose is threefold: it’s a green oasis in a city that is constantly developing, a wildlife sanctuary and a space dedicated to environmental education. It offers a beach, a forest, sand dunes, meadows, a space for environmental education and breathtaking views of both the Olympics and Cascades. The West Point Lighthouse is worth exploring in and of itself and the play area was renovated just last year.
A city in the Pacific Northwest gives its residents the best of both worlds: a bustling metropolis filled with museums, attractions and exciting things to do as well as the peace and quiet that only Mother Nature can afford.
In Seattle especially, the Olympic Mountains and the salt-water Puget Sound to the west as well as the Cascades and Lake Washington to the east (not to mention the iconic Mt. Rainier) can sometimes feel like nature is right at your fingertips, yet still unattainable if you can’t afford to spend the entire day outdoors. Thankfully, the city has worked hard since its inception to keep some of that nature within city limits. Although there is no shortage of green spaces in Emerald City, the best parks in Seattle offer a little something extra that is sure to be appreciated by both Seattleites and out-of-towners.