seattle locals: discovery park lighthouse

it's been a while since i've written about my favorite things to do in seattle! a month ago, my friend stephmodo and i took our boys and ventured out to see the discovery park lighthouse. i'd heard plenty of great things about beautiful discovery park but hadn't been yet, and i was dying to see the lighthouse. there are plenty of hiking trails and gorgeous beaches in the park, but here's a little secret: if you're traveling with small children or handicapped, you can pick up a parking pass from the park office and drive right on up to the lighthouse. sure beats an hour-long hike when you've got a two-year-old with you :)

it was a freezing cold, foggy day -- so not the best for enjoying the sweeping views of elliot bay -- but we made the best of it. the beach is strewn with driftwood and shells (and i hear if you go when the tide is low, you can find all sorts of sea creatures) and it's so gorgeous and peaceful there, fog or no fog. it was so nice to walk along the beach, admire the lighthouse, and watch jack and gray explore the wood collection.

you can kind of see it in the top two photos, but while we were there we spotted two bald eagles! they were about 40 yards away from us, closer than i'd ever been to those majestic birds. they were beautiful and it was such a fun treat to find them.

[all photos by me or stephanie]

i can't wait to go back when the weather is nice! i love discovering new places in the beautiful pacific northwest.

more of our seattle adventures:


  1. So glad you found this little gem! We haven't been since last fall (the leaves on the cliffs are gorgeous in October!). Must be an eagle nest nearby, because we saw one while we were there too. One of the best beachcombing spots - lots of seaglass.

  2. Isn't is beautiful! We've only taken our family to Discovery Park once. So shameful considering we've lived here all our lives, haha. Thanks to this post, we're definitely going to take the kids back this summer. Or maybe even sooner :)

  3. Aww I love that photo of you guys!

  4. There are so many great beaches to play on in Seattle.