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Washington Park Arboretum, Seattle

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Garden Wildlife Area
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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TripAdvisor
  • Best part is the garden visit is free. Everywhere you turned was a picture opportunity. Start at the information Center to get a map of all the tracks. Then, start your leisurely walk taking in the si...  more »
  • this is a great place to go for a walk or hike for a whole day, particularly in the summer. huge amount of space and great biodiversity.  more »
  • There is nothing better than a stroll through Washington Park Arboretum for peace of mind. Beautiful plants and trees year round and lovely spots to stop and relax. Highly recommend if you are nearby!  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • I've lived near the arboretum for 12 years, and I still find it to be such a beautiful and magical place. I especially love the winter garden, with fragrant winter flowers, as well as the "fern valley" down the hill from the rhodies. They take good care of the trails in there, but it can still get muddy during the rainy months. There is a new multi-use trail being built, so a section of the main trail is under construction as of 3/2017. The road and other trails are all still open, however.
  • One of the most beautiful places in the area. You can't see Lake Washington unfortunately; however, the trees and gardens are amazing. I found this to be a perfect place to propose to my girlfriend. This park is a Seattle gem.