Parking and Beach Shuttles

The Discovery Park Visitor Center is open again!


Free beach Parking Passes are available at the Discovery Park Visitor Center.

To sign out a pass, you will need to provide your name, phone number and license plate number. Because of limited beach parking, to receive a pass you must fall into one of these three categories:

  • families with children under 6

  • people over 62 years old

  • and others who are not physically able to walk to the beach due to and injury, illness, or some other physical condition.  

If you have a Beach Parking Pass issued from the Visitor Center, you can park there. However:

  • Permits for beach parking are very limited. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Discovery Park Visitor Center during open hours, Tuesday through Saturday (except shuttle days).
  • Permits are good for three hours and must be returned to the Visitor Center after use.
  • Beach passes are extremely limited. Occasionally you may need to wait until one is returned before you can check one out.

If you park at the beach and do not have a permit, you may receive a parking ticket from the Seattle Police Department.

Saturday Beach Shuttle Bus

From May 25-Sept. 7, 2024, a free shuttle loops between the East, North, and Beach parking lots, arriving each location approximately every 30 minutes.  Shuttle operates on Saturdays only from 11 am-5:30 pm, with the last trip leaving the beach at 5:15. Please donate what you can to support the shuttle bus. Donations are accepted at the Visitor Center or you may donate online through ARC.

Allowed on the shuttle: People, service animals, and strollers.

Not allowed: Pets, coolers, surfboards, paddleboards, other large items.

More information on the Discovery Park Shuttle

Parks and Recreation

AP Diaz, Superintendent
Mailing Address: 100 Dexter Ave N, Seattle, WA, 98109
Phone: (206) 684-4075
Fax: (206) 615-1813

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