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Washington Park Arboretum, Seattle

Categories: Gardens, Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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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 for 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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  • A nice place to walk, take photos, and enjoy the beautiful view offered by the combination of colors of the leaves of the trees and gardens. Pay $6 entrance. The place is not very big, so it runs between 45 minutes to 1 hour. walking slowly and taking photos.
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  • We visit here at least once every season. This is a restful, and peaceful space to walk around, picnic, run around, or just sit and read. Each space is dynamic and highlights different plants and tree...  read more »
  • the vast expanses of greenery and the vegetation are wonderful.great places to sit in peace and solitude and even had a wedding there. 
  • Such a great park in the middle of Seattle. Loved the trails that go all over the place. The trees here are beautiful. A great escape from the city.
  • 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.
  • There always seems to be something new to see when you come here. And if you're into geocaching, letterboxing, interested in birds or plants, or just a walk through the woods (and flower gardens, and...) you can find all kinds of things to do.
  • So beautiful :) love to come here during every season because the vibe is so different. But nothing beats spring time ;D
  • Incredible park full of different trees from different parts of the world. You can walk from one end to the other in about 25 minutes using the main trail. Heads up the Japanese garden costs money while the rest of it doesn't. My only complaint is that the cherry blossoms weren't in bloom but that can't be much of a complaint when it's summer and they bloom in spring.
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