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Washington Park Arboretum, Seattle

(4.6/5 based on 500+ reviews on the web)
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. Add Washington Park Arboretum and other attractions to your Seattle trip itinerary using our Seattle family vacation planner.
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  • The Washington Park Arboretum is a nice park. You can take a lot of nice walks and hikes while looking at the different plants and reading about them. You might even have a change of spotting some wil...  more »
  • The park has beautiful natural foliage to enjoy autumn colors and free to stroll about with nice accessible paths. Note that the Japanese garden is an extra surcharge. Would be 5 stars, but with ongoi...  more »
  • I'm a plant lover, and being from Texas, our plant selection is rather limited. The ability to see so many beautiful forms of plant life all in one place, most of which would never manage the rough su...  more »
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  • I love the Arboretum - tons of trails, a beautiful visitor center. The Japanese Gardens here, though small compared with some others in neighboring cities, are still exquisite. The current construction (Oct 2016) does make it difficult to get anywhere though and waiting until more of that is completed will make your visit much more compelling.
  • From local to global, the arboretum showcases all kinds of plants across all seasons. Winter flowers? Yes. Local plants? Yes! Rare international species? Check! When it is wet wear boots!
  • If I were to review this place 20 years ago , I probably would've given it a one star. Recently decided to come on chance, and wow was I pleasantly surprised with the renovation. The parking is still not so great, but if you circle around a few times, you might just get lucky. The best times to come is early in the morning or early evening. It does tend to get crowded in the evenings, and you can understand why. The path is awesome and it's great to get a few laps in. The grounds are so beautifully decorated and well maintained.
  • Absolutely excellent place to spend a few hours during the day. And, It's free! Very nice and well groomed paths. Great collection of trees and plants from around the world.
  • Beautiful scenery and nice trail to walk. Great place for some photography.