This unique park on Union Bay is a joint project of the University of Washington and Seattle's Parks and Recreation Department. Located on the shores of Lake Washington just south of Union Bay, this beautiful park and botanical garden exudes character and calm. Perhaps best known for the Seattle Japanese Garden in its southwest corner, the arboretum's Azalea Way is also a must-see in the spring.
The arboretum also comes alive with color during the fall season. Even if you have visited during a different season, it can be a whole new experience when visiting during the autumn months. See for yourself!
If you love bird watching, the arboretum's wetland habitats provide the opportunity to observe many fascinating species, including barred owls, Cooper's Hawks, gadwalls and other waterfowl. Beavers can also be seen in the waters around Foster Island. Non-motorized boats such as canoes, kayaks are available for rent at the park. You can also schedule a tour, take a class, or go on one of many self-guided adventures. Be sure to check the arboretum's event calendar to see what is happening at the time you are visiting.
The park is open daily from dawn to dusk, and admission is free. Its visitor's center is open daily from 9AM-5PM. If you would like to familiarize yourself with the many plants you will encounter during your visit, complete with plant profiles and an interactive map, tap the link below. Happy exploring!
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