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Washington Park

Jun 28, 2017

One-Stop Getaway: Washington Park

Tired of the daily grind?  Looking for a little oasis from the bustle of Seattle?  Look no further than Seattle’s own Washington Park. This public park is a joint project between the Seattle Department of Parks & Recreation and the University of Washington, offering 230 acres of wetlands, playfields, an arboretum and a ship canal.


The vast expansion of the public park is located in East Seattle, bordering the Madison Park neighborhood and Broadmoor Golf Club. The park features amazing plants and trees that are native to our Pacific Northwest, giving park wanderers the opportunity to seek out bold colors in the fall and sprouting new life in the spring. 


Bask in all of the park’s offerings:

  • The Japanese Garden, a 3.5-acre formal garden constructed by the renowned horticultural designer Juki Lida in 1960, is home to culturally authentic Japanese Maple Trees, a 'Shoseian' teahouse, and uniquely celebrated Japanese holidays.
  • Rent a canoe from the UW Waterfront Activities Center (WAC) and canoe through the arboretum, catching an inside look at the gentle wildlife and soft sounds that consume the park grounds.
  • Don’t forget your dog! Washington Park is dog-friendly, so bring your pooch along for a picturesque adventure.
  • Pack a picnic and be sure to pick up a Park Map at one of the many entrances, as the enormous park leaves ample room for you to explore.


Park-goers Say:

“I still don't know how to fully describe my feelings for places like this one, so full of magic and wonder.  Of course, we were very excited that we had parked close enough to the Japanese garden and maple section... It is a dense area with an incredible variety of maple trees and an environment that makes you feel as if you are in a fairy land.” - Andreína R., Yelp

“Coming from San Francisco, I'm no stranger to the good fortune of having such a large stretch of green within the city – but this arboretum is truly something special.  Admission is free, the trails are seemingly endless, and there are plenty of benches dotted along the paths for any break/picnic you may want to take.  Both fall and summer are gorgeous here, but fall reigns supreme in my heart.” –Claire S., Yelp

“Any time of year the Washington Park Arboretum is a great location to visit. This site is massive, giving you many areas to venture through on your walk, run, picnic, or sightseeing adventure.”  -Teri T., Yelp

Points of Interest

at and around Washington Park

  • Arboretum
  • Japanese Garden
  • Broadmoor Golf Club
  • Waterfront Activities Ctr
  • Husky Stadium
  • Space Needle
  • Chihuly Garden and Glass
  • Pacific Science Center
  • Seattle Aquarium
  • Seattle Monorail
  • Argosy Cruises
  • Children's Museum
  • Museum of Flight
  • Woodland Park Zoo

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