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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 #13 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, United States
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

The Arboretum is a great hotspot for natives to expereince the great out outdoor adventures in their manicured back yard. You will be see many joggers, children on strollers and dog walkers if you choose to visit this place on a rare sunny day. Also, if you choose to a pay a little bit of money you can expereince the... More

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Los Angeles, California
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77 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

After the crowds of the pier district and the lines at Seattle Center it was a beautiful change of pace to breathe in the fresh northern air and stroll the gardens of the arboretum. Because parking is free and the grounds are open as long as there is light, this made for a fantastic late afternoon decompression during a busy... More

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Olympia
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71 reviews 71 reviews
39 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I like the Pacific Northwest horticulture. Take it easy and wander through the gardens. Or rent bike and ride through the arboretum and head on down to Lake Washington.

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Lahaina, Hawaii
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110 reviews 110 reviews
19 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

There are lots of trails that weave in and around this beautiful park. There are also launch areas for kayaks and canoes if one prefers to explore by water. There is also a beautiful Japanese Garden. This is yet another example of Seattle's many awesome parks.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Walk around the beautiful park and take in the beauty of the greenery or rent a kayak and float around. You'll see birds and turtles! Such a relaxing experience. I love this place. Affordable too!

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Phoenix, Arizona
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Great place to picnic, hike, stroll. So green and pretty. Really large nature area that is just lovely.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

I got lost in the Skyrim type landscape, sat down, wrote a poem, the then walked around some more. The sites and sounds of the garden are worth the free admission!

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Cleveland, Ohio
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We found this Japanese Garden very peaceful and zen-like. Step into the garden you immediately feel the calm and tranquility. It is a place you can de-stress and rejuvenate. Strongly recommend this garden.

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Nacogdoches, Texas, United States
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36 reviews 36 reviews
26 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This is a great way to unwind from the city. The arboretum is huge and has a variety of plants my husband and I have never seen before. After visiting the Japanese Tea Garden, we hiked around the Arboretum for a while. Even though it was sunny, it did not feel too hot because of all the shade. There were... More

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Houston, TX
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38 reviews 38 reviews
19 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Perhaps we came at the wrong time of year - there were no flowers blooming. The highlight was the Japanese Gardens where you can park. There is a small fee for the Japanese Gardens but not for the rest of the Arboretum.

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