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Washington Park Arboretum

Botanical Garden
Madison Park, Seattle
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    "its breathtaking Japanese Garden"(8 Tips)
    Rob F.
    "Azalea way, great secluded place to lie on green grass..."(3 Tips)
    Todd A.
    "More like a large garden or city park."(2 Tips)
    Ziad I.
    "beautiful trail of bridges on the water from the arboretum"(4 Tips)
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    HISTORYApril 12, 2010
    With its lush green spaces, its breathtaking Japanese Garden and its abundance of rare trees, plants and flowers (more than 40,000 species), it is one of the brightest jewels in the Emerald City.
  • Brad D.
    Brad DAugust 18, 2014
    The Japanese garden is definitely with a visit. Big Koi, waterfalls and even select tea ceremonies make it a unique spot in the middle of the city.
  • Laurentia H.heart icon on user image
    Laurentia HAugust 19, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Bring a friend, the dog, a camera and enjoy the verdant surrounding. Weekdays are definitely less crowded or just go early on weekend before 11!
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    WhiskeyAvengerJune 27, 2018
    There’s something mysterious and beautiful walking these grounds in the mist or rain of Seattle.
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    R BNovember 18, 2011
    We got married here. Every season is beautiful, but fall is unbelievable. Also, there are a variety of mushrooms after a fall rain
  • Thomas C.heart icon on user image
    Thomas ColtonNovember 25, 2015
    Come prepared with your own green and this will be a beautiful stroll through prime PNW real estate
  • Emrecan D.
    Emrecan DoganJuly 10, 2012
    Best way to experience this beautiful park is by renting a boat in UW Water Activities Center and rowing thru the peaceful waterways inside the Arboretum.
  • Maria P.heart icon on user image
    Maria ParamonovaMarch 17, 2013
    Come here at 6:00 p.m. and you'll hear the owls' hoot. If you are lucky you'll see them hunting.
  • Cheapism
    CheapismSeptember 1, 2011
    Enjoy seasonal color and lush foliage at no cost! For a $6 fee, you can visit the separately-operated Japanese garden. Cost of admission includes a public tour on select days. Read more
    TruthorDare.usNovember 13, 2012
    We dare you to take a picture of the largest Japanese maple tree you can find, follow that up by dipping your hand in the spring at Marsh and Foster Islands.
  • Christopher B.heart icon on user image
    Christopher BuckleyJune 23, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    Use the TreeWalk Seattle app for an immersive interpretive experience
  • Katie M.heart icon on user image
    Katie MillerMarch 1, 2016
    The trails are gorgeous. Awesome way to escape the city
  • Maria N.heart icon on user image
    Maria NicholJanuary 5, 2016
    Super clean and green and a neighborhood but feels very large
  • Pelin G.heart icon on user image
    Pelin Güvenç KefelJanuary 31, 2020
    Great place for photo ops especially during the fall
  • Alice H.heart icon on user image
    Alice HuangJanuary 28, 2016
    Azalea way is beautiful. Master gardeners are available to answer your questions.
  • Lindsey B.heart icon on user image
    Lindsey Burks ReynoldsAugust 19, 2015
    Beautiful gardens. I visited here 8 years ago with my sister and loved it. Very peaceful.
  • Linden L.
    Linden LiuSeptember 29, 2013
    I like Discovery Park more than this. Anyway, this is also a good park for hiking.
  • Todd A.heart icon on user image
    Todd AlexanderJuly 7, 2016
    Don't go here expecting a hike. More like a large garden or city park. Great for a picnic.
  • Julie W.heart icon on user image
    Julie WeaverMay 27, 2018
    Simply Beautiful!
  • Michael J.
    Michael J. Noesen, CMPSeptember 1, 2011
    Don't forget to make time to stop by the Japanese Gardens while at the arboretum.
  • Pejman P.
    Pejman Pour-MoezziJanuary 21, 2014
    Great place for a mid-day stroll. Especially the Japanese garden.
  • Dora
    DoraJune 30, 2010
    Stop at the Visitor Center to pick up a Family Adventure Pack stocked with field guides, scavenger hunts, magnifying lenses, and activity ideas for kids in grades K-6.Powered by Read more
  • Kelly S.heart icon on user image
    Kelly SprinklesOctober 12, 2015
    Japanese garden, photo shoots, seasonal foliage.
  • Taylor W.heart icon on user image
    Taylor WinnAugust 28, 2015
    Great make out place at night.
  • Yon M.
    Yon MontotoNovember 14, 2013
    Very scenic and quiet. Great walk and beautiful nature
  • Adam C.
    Adam CardonAugust 15, 2013
    Awesome in the morning. Get yourself lost on purpose if you have the time.
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    ᴡ SantosAugust 29, 2015
    Huge park with trails to walk and go exploring
  • Celeste T.
    Celeste ThayerAugust 18, 2014
    Try to find the barred owls, at least, I think that's what kind of owls they are. Near the beehive
  • Ziad I.
    Ziad IsmailDecember 4, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't miss the beautiful trail of bridges on the water from the arboretum to montlake.
  • Tyler L.
    Tyler LePardApril 1, 2013
    Beautiful in spring when the trees are in bloom
  • Kelly S.heart icon on user image
    Kelly SprinklesOctober 12, 2015
    Trails, scenery, Japanese garden. Photo shoots
  • Bigfin Admin
    Bigfin AdminMay 15, 2012
    The Washington Park Arboretum is the place to be this week with the azaleas in full bloom on Azalea Way.
  • Josh B.
    Josh BNovember 29, 2015
    The Japanese garden will be closed from November 29, 2015 - March 1, 2016.
  • Jacob L.
    Jacob LambertMarch 15, 2010
    Go to the Arboretum and check out the pond at the northmost point of the park. Great for photos of ducks.
  • Peter F.heart icon on user image
    Peter F.October 1, 2018
    Your dog would enjoy a walk here right now.
  • Rob F.
    Rob FoxcurranAugust 10, 2010
    Azalea way, great secluded place to lie on green grass on a sunny day.
  • Meghan
    MeghanMarch 25, 2010
    So beautiful. Wish I had had the opportunity to walk around but the drive was lovely!
  • misuk H.heart icon on user image
    misuk HanSeptember 26, 2015
    Amazing place for jogging
  • Downtown Seattle Y.
    Downtown Seattle YMCAAugust 22, 2011
    Reduce stress as you stroll through this beautiful city park.
  • Zak E.heart icon on user image
    Zak EjahdeeSeptember 14, 2013
    The park is great for kegs!
  • Cathy H.
    Cathy HoldenMarch 31, 2013
    Cherry blossoms in Spring are beautiful!
  • Mary S.heart icon on user image
    Mary SAugust 30, 2014
    Great place to kayak
  • Gordon W.
    Gordon WernerAugust 15, 2011
    Come here for a wonderful walk in the woods
  • Caveman S.
    Caveman SteveMay 21, 2014
    So beautiful
  • National Wildlife Federation
    Wildlife watch for American Robin (Turdus migratorius) Read more
  • Tessa M.
    Rent a canoe.
  • Egan F.
    Egan FoJanuary 24, 2011
    Wander under 520 for a fun perspective
  • corrie w.
    corrie wattersonApril 21, 2009
    cherry blossoms... get em while they last
  • Rob D.
    Rob DysonApril 3, 2009
    hang with some trees
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