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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 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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  • We booked a room to facilitate participation in the Obliteride to raise funds for cancer reasearch at Fred Hutchinson. It was a very convenient base for the event.  more »
  • It is located in the botanical gardens of the University of Washington, well maintained and full of species of all kinds, including native and rare plants of Washington State. Highlights the variety of flowers, especially the garden of roses, which is a marvel. It is also a very instructive walk dadao that many plants and trees are identified.
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  • This park is definitely a must-see while in Seattle. It is a very relaxing and calming place that offers quiet walking trails and great views of plants and trees. It is especially nice to go first thi...  more »
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  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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