Discovery Park is in the second largest neighborhood in Seattle, Magnolia, located northwest of downtown Seattle. Discovery Park is Seattle’s largest park, consisting of 534 acres of land with 11.8 miles of trails for visitors to walk on. The Loop Trail, located on the upland part of the park, is the most popular trail amongst visitors. The trail offers views of forest, wild animals (birds and chipmunks mostly), and also an excellent view of Puget Sound.
The park also includes two beaches, north and south beach which can be accessed by a trail or, with a permit, can be accessed by car. The south beach looks out on Elliott Bay and the north beach looks out on Shilshole Bay. In the middle of both of the beaches lay Westpoint and the Westpoint Lighthouse.
The Westpoint Lighthouse is part of the Fort Lawton Historic District. Discovery Park is built on old military land, Fort Lawton. Fort Lawton was given to the Army from the city in 1898 and opened in 1900 as an Army Reserve facility. Although Fort Lawton land was named Discovery Park in 1973, the facility remained open until February 2012 when it officially closed.
Discovery Park is a part of Seattle’s history and definitely needs to be on everyone’s list of things to do in Seattle.