Sports and Recreation

The Seattle Mariners joined Major League Baseball in 1977. Based out of Safe Co Field in Seattle's SoDo district, the Mariners play in the Western division of the American League. While the franchise has never been to the World Series, the Mariners have made a mark for themselves in the MLB record books. In 2001, the Mariners set the American League record for season wins with 116 victories, and tied the Major League record set by the 1906 Chicago Cubs.

The Seattle Seahawks play in CenturyLink Field, in Seattle's SoDo district. This NFL franchise has been a member of the league since 1976, when the NFL expanded into both Seattle and Tampa Bay. The Seahawks have a very wide fan base; the closest NFL team is hundreds of miles away. The Seahawks' fans call themselves the 12th Man and are proud of their ability to influence games. Since 2005, Seahawks fans have caused more false start penalties than any other fan base in the NFL.

Discovery Park is Seattle's largest park. Discovery Park sits on the former site of Fort Lawton, a United States Army base, in the Magnolia neighborhood. The 534-acre park features more than 11 miles of trails winding through diverse terrain, including grassy meadows, gently rolling hills, scenic bluffs, and an expansive beach. An abundance of wildlife makes its home in Discovery Park, including bald eagles, harbor seals, Townsend's chipmunks and over 200 other species of birds. The bluffs of Discovery Park offer many opportunities for visitors to take stunning pictures of Puget Sound and the Olympic Peninsula.

Seattle offers many opportunities for kayaking and other water sports. Visitors can rent kayaks from many different merchants along Seattle's Alki Beach. The waters of Puget Sound, sheltered from the open ocean by the Olympic Peninsula, provide an ideal environment for kayakers to get out on the water. Kayakers can experience many stunning sights and come into close contact with local marine wildlife, including seals, sea lions and orcas.

The Seattle Sounders FC joined Major League Soccer in 2009 and plays at CenturyLink Field. Since joining the league, the Sounders have set numerous attendance records and played in the postseason in each of their three seasons. In 2011, the team made history by winning its third U.S. Open Cup championship in a row, the first team to ever do so. The Sounders are challenging the notion that soccer can't succeed in the United States.