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Waterfall Garden Park, Seattle

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#18 of 35 in Parks in Seattle
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Visit a Japanese garden right in the heart of old Seattle at Waterfall Garden Park, a park created by Masao Kinoshita. Following traditional Japanese design, Kinoshita added one thing: waterfalls. Stroll the grounds and let the numerous surrounding falls lull you with their surreal mountain setting. This attraction once housed the original United Parcel Service office, until it was moved in 1977. Consider bringing a picnic and enjoying a snack at one of the cafe-style tables. Use our Seattle trip generator to add Waterfall Garden Park and other attractions to your Seattle vacation plans.
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  • This was not easy to find...not even by locals? It is in the middle of vagrancy of all things. I spotted it here on trip advisor and had to see...I loved finding it...beautiful.  more »
  • Maybe this place is a nice and pleasant place to sit and listen to the man-made waterfall flow, or read a book or something. I wasn’t here for more than a minute and a janitorial looking man sweeping ...  more »
  • this is a nice little respite from the chaos of the city, it is small, and not even really a "park" in the traditional sense at all, but it is well worth visiting anyways to come here and relax for a ...  more »
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  • I first visited this small waterfall park in the late 1970's. The ionization of the water vapors are refreshingly invigorating in the midst of an urban landscape. I found it very insightful that a hugely successful business like UPS could have begun at this Seattle location with a simple idea, "A fast reliable small parcel delivery service." ***ALSO, please someone correct the Google intro. comments. It's a monument to the people of UPS and not the USPS.
  • Fun place to go in the middle of the city. Earl's site seeing tour took us here. A tranquil place small but very nice.
  • Love this place so nice and peaceful. Found it by mistake. Awesome place to bring a meal to or just sit and have a nice coffee with a friend!
  • This place the epitome of a hidden gem. Even most that live in Seattle don't know about this place. Grab some lunch from one of the food trucks in Occidental Park, make the walk to this spot, and enjoy one of the most tranquil places in this chaotic city.
  • Amazing location a great *secret* place we went to get some sandwiches in Salumi close by and enjoyed eating them in this park, there are lots of small cute seating spaces and very quiet in the middle of seattle

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