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Washington Park Arboretum

2300 Arboretum Drive East, Seattle, WA 98195-8010 (Broadway / Capitol Hill)
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Ranked #11 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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Clinton, Washington
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87 reviews 87 reviews
32 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

This is a VERY large place to visit and includes an Asian Garden that is very lovely in the spring when the wisteria is blooming. A good place for a picnic and they also have a very wondrous plant sale each year.

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Lynnwood, Washington
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47 reviews 47 reviews
25 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Went when the azaleas and rhodies were in bloom and it was amazingly beautiful. Let my 2 year old Granddaughter lead the way, and we had a great time.

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Thousand Oaks, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
20 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Pleasant visit to the park. Nice & leisurely walk. Good for families with young children. Take a camera.

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Scottsdale, Arizona, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

I used to live in Seattle so whenever I needed a "nature fix" I would head to the WP Arboretum for a drive, park & take a long walk or bike ride. Perfect for picnics on a sunny day!

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Oxford, Ohio
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Arboretums are great and the one is Seattle is extensive, and it is fine for a walk and viewing. But as the average tourist the place to go is the Japanese garden. There are few flowers blooming but the beautiful textures of moss and maples and water and stone are just lovely in any weather! It was a wonderful bit... More

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Seattle, Washington
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

One of the best inner city parks ever. Lots of beautiful interesting plants. Nice to roam around. Pleasant and peaceful.

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Seattle, Washington
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117 reviews 117 reviews
47 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The arboretum is a special gem in the middle of the city. It is worth a stop! Good luck finding a place to park - I'd suggest taking the bus or arriving early in the day. Be sure to include a trip to the Japanese gardens, too, which does require an admission fee. The arboretum's foliage is seasonal and is... More

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Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
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62 reviews 62 reviews
40 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

It's a huge place to just enjoy a nice walk and different vegetation. I really liked that we could walk to the nearby islands, and loved seeing the water lilies on the lake. I would've liked to see more signs to learn about the type of trees or plants around, or just knowing that we were walking on the right... More

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Lymington, United Kingdom
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67 reviews 67 reviews
29 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Absolutely lovely and right across from the Japanese Garden which is also well worth a visit. Well planted with clear paths. If you enjoy a specially planted and cared for woodland park then this is it.

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Chico, CA
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129 reviews 129 reviews
74 attraction reviews
141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

My cousin took me on a walking tour of the arboretum in July, and although it was unusually hot in Seattle, the greenery and the shade of the trees were a relief. There are miles of trails around the park, and there's a visitor's center where you can buy books and souvenirs and other chochkies. There is an inlet of... More

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