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John A. Finch Arboretum, Spokane

Categories: Nature & Parks
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4.4/5 based on 65+ reviews on the web
John A. Finch Arboretum is a public arboretum located at West 3404 Woodland Boulevard, Spokane, Washington, USA on Sunset Hill. It is open daily without charge.

The arboretum was established in 1949 along Garden Springs Creek, and now contains about 2,000 trees and shrubs, including 65 groups of lilacs, as well as a rhododendron grove, conifer and maple collections, and a nature trail. The arboretum lies in a small valley running southwest-to-northeast carved by the creek. I-90 and the Sunset Highway, which use the valley to descend into Spokane from the higher elevation of the Columbia Plateau, respectively form the southern and northern borders of the park.

The arboretum is home to the Touch and See Nature Trail, which is owned by the Girl Scout council in the area. It was refurbished by Darlea Chatburn in 2004 who received her Gold Award after the completion of the project.
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  • This place is very pretty . A lot of walking, not much parking. Good place for a picnic and family photos! Wide open spaces great for kids to run (no play equipment) 
  • Sometimes I dislike the fact no dogs are allowed, but that makes it more peaceful and I don't have to watch where I step (or lay down and roll in the grass!). A great place to see a variety of trees a...  read more »
  • Nice park for nature lovers. LOTS of trees, well labeled. Great photo ops! We wandered around for a little over an hour. Really enjoyed this park. 
  • As a person new to the area, it was neat seeing what native trees and colorful plants. Coming from Phoenix, Arizona even our Palm trees are imported from California! It is definitely a treat to see bees doing their job (there is a bee shortage in AZ) and not caring one bit about me. I cannot wait to come back in a different season to see all of the foliage and plants in full bloom!
  • I've been coming here since I was a kid. It's serene and peaceful. A great place to take a walk and clear your head.
  • Very relaxing atmosphere, with very wide open spaces. Many different trees/plants flowering throughout the seasons... one month will look completely different than the next. There's a touch and feel natural path, and even plenty of wildlife! We've seen creatures such as turkey, and moose! There are a few water fountains, a bathroom (at least 2), and free entry/parking... we visit EVERY time we're in the area :-)
  • Lovely park with many benches and wonderful plant life.
  • Beautiful trees, nice scenic walk on a hot summer day what more could you ask for
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