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Washington Park Arboretum

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Neighborhood: Broadway / Capitol Hill
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Address: 2300 Arboretum Drive East, Seattle, WA 98195-8010
Phone Number: 206-543-8800
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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Use a canoe, or your feet, to explore the 230 acres and 4,000 species of...

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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Go in May for flowers

Azalea Way is a wonderful stroll when the flowers are in bloom. In spring it's cherries, plums, azaleas. The Japanese garden across the street is worth a visit too.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
pete-mack00
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Seattle, Washington

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Seattle, Washington
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14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Azalea Way is a wonderful stroll when the flowers are in bloom. In spring it's cherries, plums, azaleas. The Japanese garden across the street is worth a visit too.

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Seattle
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115 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

The Washington Park Arboretum (managed by the University of Washington) is one of the largest parks in Seattle. The park is bisected by one through road which branches to parking near a visitor center as well as the Japanese Gardens. However, on a warm day when there hasn't been rain recently it can be a real chore to find parking,... More 

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seattle, wa
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75 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

Soon, very soon, the lovely winter garden will be in bloom. An easy walk from the parking lot and while any walk in this garden is great, the lovely, kind of tucked away winter garden is a very special thing. It rains here, sometimes for months and months and it is more often than not grey, grey, grey. But a... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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55 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

Too much to see in a few minutes. Help is available with signs, staff, volunteers, and fellow. Check their schedule for special events. Park is situated along an old creek which empties into a bay of Lake Washington that was lowered the level of Lake Union when the ship canal was constructed.

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Mendocino, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

we just visited the Japanese garden part of the arboretum. it was pouring rain but it was beautiful and worth it nonetheless. I can only imagine what it would be like on a sunny day. would have liked to sit on a bench and relaxed.

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Thank sabine17093
Seattle
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74 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

Whatever the season, there is much to see and explore at this gem of greenery and knowledge. Helpful staff at the visitor's center will get you started on exploring on your own or partaking of scheduled walks with a volunteer or staffer.

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Thank walthorticulture
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

You can rent canoes at the bottom of the UW parking lot and then canoe over to the arboretum. It's so worth it especially when its blossoming. You can pull the canoe up and have a quick picnic too.

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Thank kodajaz4523
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146 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015 via mobile

The park itself is free but the Japanese Garden has an entry fee. We visited in fall and enjoyed the change of color and change of seasons. Highly recommend this place when Jap Maples are in glories reds and yellows.

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Seattle, Washington
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

The Arboretum is one my favorite spots in the city because one feels transported to another place even though you're still in the heart of the city. While any time of year is a good time to visit, spring and fall are certainly remarkable for the color and grandeur on display from the myriad plantings and native species. Many open... More 

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Thank Nelson J
PALM SPRINGS, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Perhaps the best park I have ever been to, next to Central Park. Be sure to visit the Japanese Garden while you are there.

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