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Washington Park Arboretum

2300 Arboretum Drive East, Seattle, WA 98195-8010 (Broadway / Capitol Hill)
206-543-8800
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Ranked #11 of 206 attractions in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Bellevue, WA
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The Arboretum is a wonderful collection of trees and shrubs from all over the world. Be sure and visit the Japanese Garden if you are here in the spring. (fee) The main Arboretum is free, often with docent tours available. There is a nice book and gift shop for those seeking gardening book and gifts. Free parking. Even for those... More

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Seattle
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

A totally peaceful and relaxing experience. Take a picnic lunch, go for a leisurely walk and just soak in the ambiance.

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Seattle, Washington, United States
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41 reviews 41 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Visit the arboretum any time, of course. It is beautifully landscaped and offers a variety of trees and floral shrubs. Our favorite time for a visit is April-May, when the azaleas (first) and the rhodies (next) are in bloom along a landscaped hike which extends about 3/4 of mile of easily walkable trails. Good for the soul. We go there... More

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Seattle
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

We hiked through the Arboretum last weekend. I didn't realize how big it is! We started on the Madison Valley side and made it all the way under 520 and back. After going under 520 there are great views back to the UW stadium. It is a bit loud so if you're going for a picnic, I would opt to... More

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Orefield, Pennsylvania
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

The Japanese Garden was worth the detour. All of the stops are pulled out to recreate the peace and ambiance of a traditional Japanese garden. Lovely evergreen specimens. Beautiful water effects. Moss Garden unbelievable. The Wisteria arbor must be spectacular when in bloom.

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Shenzhen, China
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Enjoy the trip here, so many large old or lovely green plants from all over the world, with full blooming flowers and trees, where near to the Foster Island and Union Bay. A very good place for a relaxed hike.

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Seattle
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Spring tree flowers - progressive blooming throughout the summer - brilliant fall colors - evergreen base giving color even in winter - this is a visual hike that pleases any time of year...

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Boston, Massachusetts
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

This is a lovely arboretum, with wonderfully old plantings of every kind. Special treats are a visit in spring for the fabulous rhododendrons and azaleas and a visit to the Japanese garden.

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Marion, Indiana
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

It's beautiful year-round, but if it's not winter when you visit make sure you don't miss the breathtaking Japanese gardens on the southern side! They are fantastic!

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Seattle, Washington
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

This park is great, and free. There are nice collections of plants, grouped by family. Elms, apples, rhododendrons, etc. But, the whole park isn't so formal. There are a lot of trails where you feel like you are just taking a nice walk in the woods, and there are also some trails out along the water that are really nice... More

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