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The Washington Park Arboretum in Seattle, is located near the shores of scenic Lake Washington, in between the Madison Park neighborhood and the Montlake community. This 230 acre breathtaking park is open all year, and is easily accessible via the Hwy 520 floating bridge just to the north, or East Madison Street from the south.
Washington Park Arboretum showcases over 40,000 trees, shrubs and plants from around the world. With so much to see and seasonal changes, the park will seem new with each visit. You can take a respite from city life, and reconnect with nature while walking, jogging or taking a bike ride down the many paths and trails surrounded by bountiful gardens, wetlands and various collections of rare plants and trees. Visitors may also kayak or canoe on Duck Bay and explore the numerous natural islands, home to a wide variety of wildlife. Have a picnic in the meadow or take a snooze under a maple tree.
Only 5 miles from Downtown Seattle, Washington Park Arboretum is the perfect place to escape from the city. The Arboretum is free and open every day from dawn to dusk with plenty of parking.
Nestled inside Washington Park is another local paradise, the Seattle Japanese Garden. Walking down the stone paths of this 3 ½ acre, formal garden will make you forget you're in Washington. Stone lanterns, walking bridges, ponds abundant with Koi, tea demonstrations, the Seattle Japanese Garden is a destination in itself. This garden is seasonal, open from mid-February to mid-November.
Washington Park Arboretum is a must see by Seattle residents and visitors alike. A couple tips for your visit; wear comfortable shoes and make sure to grab a map at the front office, the place is huge! Relocating to Seattle? Search all Seattle real estate for sale.