Trip Planner:   USA  /  Washington State  /  Seattle  /  Parks  /  Washington Park Arboretum
Washington Park Arboretum, Seattle
(4.6/5 based on 480+ 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.
Create a full Seattle itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Seattle

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Seattle by other users

13 days in West Coast BY A USER FROM CZECH REPUBLIC July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Seattle BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, hidden gems PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 13 days in Seattle BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 9 days in West Coast, Grand Canyon National Park & Las Vegas BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 10 days in West Coast BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 18 days in United States & Canada BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, outdoors, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in Seattle BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, outdoors, romantic, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: December, outdoors, romantic, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 21 days in United States BY A USER FROM INDIA May, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: May, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 22 days in United States BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA July, teens, culture, outdoors, beaches, museums, popular PREFERENCES: July, teens, culture, outdoors, beaches, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 16 days in United States BY A USER FROM BELGIUM June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 13 days in United States BY A USER FROM CANADA February, teens, kids, popular PREFERENCES: February, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, kids, popular PREFERENCES: February, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • The arboretum is bigger than I expected, with a lot of different walking paths. We walked around for a while and ended up getting lost on the way back because we took the wrong path. It is a beautiful...  more »
  • A great park for hikes, views, and picnics. Immerse yourself in the overwhelming greenery. Definitely go for the fall colors. Very nice if it is foggy, also, for brisk walks, fresh air, and contemplat...  more »
  • Dog-walking paradise, birds galore! Lovely & well-maintained paths with beautiful specimens in any season. Can feel a little lonely for a walk alone, but I feel safe with my large dog, and usually see...  more »
Google
  • 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.