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Washington Park Arboretum

2300 Arboretum Drive East, Seattle, WA 98195-8010 (Broadway / Capitol Hill)
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Ranked #19 of 212 Attractions in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Gardens, Parks
Activities: Canoeing, Kayaking
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: Use a canoe, or your feet, to explore the 230 acres and 4,000 species of trees, vines, shrubs and plants at this arboretum.
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Seattle, Washington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

The Arboretum is gorgeous all year but my favorite time to visit is in the spring when most of the rhododendrons are in bloom. It is quite a site to see. Make sure you wear close-toed, sturdy shoes so you can explore the grounds. In spring, the grounds can be damp in certain areas. If you are into plants or... More

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Seal Beach, California
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22 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

We walked for an hour in this lovely Olmstead (designer of Central Park in New York) park with varied landscapes, glades, views of the water, spiderwebs, century old trees and well kept grounds, joggers, winding paths and a deep feeling of peace.

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15 reviews 15 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

This gem right in the city was a lovely place for walking and enjoying the area's mild climate. It was a nice break to the hustle and bustle of the busy city.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

This place is Huge. I have never been to a place this size. We went to ride the canoes around, but that didn't happen. We had heard the rental canoes were in the Arboretum, but found out that they are actually part of the University. They are $9 an hour and what fun.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

My friend and I visited Washington Park and Japanese gardens last April. Here are my thoughts: WASHINGTON PARK: - free admission - large park (200 acres) with paths for walking or jogging - visitor center with maps identifying the trees and flowers - well maintained - many benches throughout and a gazebo type area - peaceful and serene surroundings CONS:... More

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Modesto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I visited here for the first time recently with my son and daughter-in-law who live in Seattle. They recommended this park for a great walk in nature and I couldn't agree more. This is a beautiful park with notable foliage, lots of green space and both paved and dirt paths into hidden places. We walked to Union Bay which borders... More

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Seattle WA
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26 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

The Arboretum is part of my neighborhood and I have visited many times, as well as being a volunteer in several activities to support it. There is a lot one can learn from signs, guided tours, etc. it is also pleasant just to walk there and enjoy the beauty of the place.

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Calgary, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

I was told the University is taking care of the Park, so I guess everyone is on their summer vacation in August and they really did not have August in mind when they designed the park. You see a lot of photos with flowers in the park, and there are a lot of flowers around the city. But in August,... More

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Spokane, Washington
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

It may be more beautiful at other times of year, but in August it becomes more of just a nice place to walk around. We found that if you strayed off the main 'road' on to some of the smaller trails they were FILLED with spiders. Many MANY spiders. But as long as we stayed on the main path, it... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We joined a tour of the Arboretum. The guide, Lisa is very experienced. We learned quite a bit about the various trees and shrubs. We especially enjoyed the outdoor school at the Arboretum. The tour is about 1.5 hours. It was a nice walk. Very informative, and worth your visit.

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