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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 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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  • I do not think that this place is an attraction, beautiful photos that come here on TripAdvisor are the arboretum but the Japanese Garden (which is marked apart as another different attraction with a cost of entry) arboretum as such is an excellent huge park for residents to exercise and the spectacular is that this practically in the city , but I don't think that it is a place for tourists, unless they want to go jogging, if you only want to see the beautiful gardens that are seen in the photos go straight to the japanese garden, because the rest you won't find anything as well.
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  • This little park is big enough to justify the drive and yet small enough to be a manageable walk for everyone in the family. Calming and beautiful.  more »
  • Great walking trails; many areas with labeled flora. Japanese Garden has an entrance fee. Much of the Arboretum is currently shut down for construction (March 2017).  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.