Best Park: Discovery Park

The people have spoken.

At 534 acres, Discovery Park is the largest in Seattle. Established in 1973 with surplus land from the Army, it’s the former home of Fort Lawton, built in 1900 as an artillery battery to keep Seattle safe from naval attack. Here you get views of the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, two miles of beaches and tidelands, a lighthouse, forests, groves, streams, more than 11 miles of trails and footpaths, and all the wildlife that dwells within—all of which make the park a prime location for visitors looking to experience several different habitats in one trip. 3801 Discovery Park Blvd.,

First runner-up: Green Lake

Second runner-up: Volunteer Park

Honorable mention: Gas Works Park, Lincoln Park

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