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Bloedel Reserve

Bainbridge Island, WA
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Gardens
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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

This is an out of the way, but more than worthwhile trip from Seattle. The Bainbridge Island ferry from Seattle would be the way to go, although we were traveling by car to the Olympic Peninsula. The gardens include naturally appearing, themed presentations: ferns, mosses, maritime forests, Japanese house/garden/pond, topiary, walk along Puget Sound, birch, bog, and camellia gardens -... More

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Seattle, Washington
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51 reviews 51 reviews
27 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

The Bloedel Reserve is a very beautiful and tranquil experience. You can tell that much care was taken to create this astounding setting. It is interesting to me that the relative of the owner of this estate also created an estate down by American Lake, which we have also visited "Lakewold Gardens"....I think that there was some friendly competition going... More

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Bainbridge Island, Washington
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42 reviews 42 reviews
14 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

A peaceful setting of georgeously kept wilderness, pastures, lawns, gardens, trails...what an endless gift from a generous benefactor. I am forever grateful. You will be too. Do good with your life...that is what this perfect preserve tells you. You just have to be quiet enough to hear the whisper on the wind. Go often, give much!

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Lubbock, Texas
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68 reviews 68 reviews
24 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

It is located quite a ways from the ferry terminal, but they have a shuttle that, for a small fee, will take you there. Plan ahead of time so that you can spend several hours here and be sure that if you take the shuttle that you get to the stop before the last one leaves the reserve. Otherwise, you... More

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Puyallup, Washington
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Spent one of the last sunny days wandering around the Reserve...took about 1 1/2-2 hr. Especially enjoyed the house and the view from it and the Japanese garden. Would be a destination regardless of the season. Flat terrain overall so easily accessible.

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Hyderabad, India
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128 reviews 128 reviews
86 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

This is a reserve which will take about to hours to cover. There is an entry fee of $15 and closes at 4 PM. If one has time and strong appetite for nature , can visit.

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Tacoma, Washington, United States
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45 reviews 45 reviews
17 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Was nice to see the grounds and sights at 15 a person that is over priced to essentially go on a walk through the woods and see the downstairs to a historic home. Nothing overly exciting would not recommend nor return, you can see the woods on any hiking trail for free.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

We really enjoyed walking through the reserve and could have spent more time if we hadn't gotten hungry. We would go rain or shine just to see how the reserve looks in the different weather conditions.

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Pacific Grove, California
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177 reviews 177 reviews
65 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Prentice Bloedel and wife created a sanctuary of serenity on their former estate, now open to the public. Paths trough meadows and forest lead you through carefully planted landscapes that appear natural until you notice the details. Budget at least an hour -- we took more -- and stroll the paths, feeling yourself unwind from what can be the hectic... More

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San Bernardino, California
19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Beautiful pathways wander throughout this beautiful nature reserve! Extremely well maintained grounds, and knowledgeable docents help make the day memorable. Beautiful plant species, 160+ acres of forested land and meadows, and easy, well-groomed trails. A beautiful gift to the state of WA by the Bloedel Family! We will definitely visit this lovely piece of nature the next time we visit... More

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