Washington Park Arboretum, Seattle

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Jointly managed by the city of Seattle and the University of Washington, Washington Park Arboretum displays a vast collection of plants, flowers, trees, and other vegetation from around the world. This area spans nearly 81 ha (200 acres) alongside Lake Washington in north Seattle. Wander among its themed areas and ecological habitats. Stop by the visitor center for information about the resident flora and fauna, which include both exotic and local plants, plus turtles and a variety of birds. Stroll across leafy pathways and wooden bridges surrounded by lily pads. The arboretum hosts the city's Japanese garden and provides many opportunities for you to hit the lake in a rented kayak or canoe. Watch forĀ a view of the university's Husky Stadium across the lake. By using our Seattle tour planner , you can arrange your visit to Washington Park Arboretum and other attractions in Seattle.
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  • October 2, 2017
    This is a place to just take a wander or a more purposeful walk if you must. Just enjoy. I love each season for the various beauty you will find here.  more »
  • September 27, 2017
    Lovely, peaceful place to visit, especially when the trees are blossoming. Be sure to walk all the way to Lake Washington - it's quite close, and the views are really cool. Just be forewarned that the...  more »
  • September 14, 2017
    The arboretum and the adjacent Japanese Garden offers a delightful half-day of walking and ooohs and ahhhs. The arboretum stretches nearly a mile one way to the Japanese Garden and so the same length ...  more »
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  • July 9, 2017
    A nice place to walk and enjoy nature. However, the lack of directional signage within the arboretum can make it difficult for first-time visitors to find their way around and enjoy all the park has to offer. You're left squinting at your cell phone, trying to determine where you are and where to go. Room for improvement!
  • June 8, 2017
    Amazing place to visit, walk. There's currently a +1yr project to renovate a large portion of the park so not all of the paths are available. Several parking lots, kayak push off sites, main and side pathways for walking, covered and sunny paths, lots of flowers and green to see, botanical area too. A definite must visit area of Seattle.
  • July 5, 2017
    Huge arboretum with a wide variety of plant life and landscapes. One of my favorite places to explore. Be sure to visit the islands in the northeast corner for some great views of Lake Washington.
  • June 7, 2017
    The Japanese garden is beautiful and well maintained. The price of $4 (for students with ID) it was well worth it. One thing to keep in mind is that it's not a large area, maybe 15 min to walk around the whole thing. None the less it is beautiful and worth a look.
  • May 29, 2017
    Washington Arboretum is a favorite area for spring walks. The adjacent Japanese Garden is an added bonus. Both are fine photo spots. The rhododendron and azalea collections are among the best we have seen.

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