Covid-19 Update: All public and private Tram Tours and Walking Tours are suspended at this time. We will continue to make decisions about future tours as we have more information.

Take the Arboretum TRAM TOUR and visit six continents in an hour!


This fully narrated 1-hour tour guides you through Seattle’s outdoor living museum:

  • Learn about plants from nearly 100 countries.
  • Discover the Arboretum’s connection with horses.
  • Sample a 16th century beverage made from the root of a woody plant.

2Tram Tour Arboretum Loop Trail020 RATES:

$20 pp, adult/child (babe in arms free). Reservations are required. Maximum 10 passengers.  (Please note: Since we don’t charge admission or parking, our tour revenue is critical in providing resources for Arboretum operations.)

PRIVATE 1-HOUR TRAM TOURS (available year round). To schedule contact: (Private tram tours can buy out a scheduled tour, or can be scheduled at alternate days and times.)


July 24 – September 1

  • Fridays 11-12
  • Saturdays 11-12 & 12:30-1:30
  • Sundays 11-12 & 12:30-1:30

September 4-October 25

  • Fridays  11-12
  • Saturdays  11-12 & 12:30-1:30



DISCLAIMER: By purchasing individual Tour tickets, or renting/buying-out the entire Tour, and/or by attending the Tour, the ticket holder, for itself and any children it is accompanying on the Tour under age 18, acknowledges and understands the hazards and limitations of the Tour in full and furthermore forever releases UWBG and its agents, employees or officers from all debts, claims, demands, and damages, actions and causes of action, whatsoever, which You or Your Guests may now have, or may hereafter have, as a result of taking the Tour.  Further, the ticket holder, for itself and any children under age 18 it is accompanying on the Tour, shall indemnify and hold harmless UWBG for any theft, property damage or injuries caused by ticket holder while attending the Tour.  The Tour takes place in a 13-passenger tram that has lap belts but no side walls. Tours can travel up to 10 mph and make frequent stops as well as traveling over speed bumps and taking sharp turns.  All mobility-impaired tram passengers must be able to climb aboard on their own, or with assistance from a professional care giver that comes with them on the Tour.  A UWBG step stool is provided, but no physical assistance will be given from Tour staff.


Do I have to purchase tickets in advance? Booking in advance is highly recommended. Please book early to maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer. Tickets can be purchased with a Visa or MasterCard up to 48-hours in advance. Tickets can also be purchased day of, for cash only, on a space available basis.

What about inclement weather?  Tours will run rain or shine. We ask that you check the weather forecast and dress accordingly if inclement weather is predicted. In cases of high winds, snow or impassable roadways, you will be notified in advance and refunded accordingly.

Are there bathrooms along the way? No. Public restrooms are available at the beginning of the tour in the Graham Visitors Center.

Will locals enjoy the tour as well, or is it mostly for tourists? Absolutely! While you may be familiar with the Arboretum you will also have the opportunity to discover new things about Seattle!  Additionally, this tour is an excellent way to entertain out-of-town guests.

Are tickets refundable? All ticket sales are final.  If there are extenuating circumstances please contact, but please note this is answered Monday through Friday between 9am and 5pm

Is the tour suitable for children?  Including children is up to the discretion of the adults accompanying the children. All attendees pay the general ticket price regardless of age; however, babe in arms is free.

Is the tour wheelchair and stroller accessible?  Unfortunately, no. The tram does not have room for a wheelchair or stroller.  If you are able to leave them in the Visitors Center and are able to sit on the Tram then yes, you can tour! Note: All mobility-impaired tram passengers must be able to climb aboard on their own, or with assistance from a professional care giver that comes with them on the Tour.  A UWBG step stool is provided, but no physical assistance will be given from Tour staff.

Where does the Tour depart?  Washington Park Arboretum, 2300 Arboretum Drive East, Seattle, WA 98122.  Check in at the information desk located in the Graham Visitors Center anytime after 10AM.  Tours will begin boarding about 5 minutes before departure.

Is there public parking available nearby?  There are multiple parking lots for free near the Visitors Center.  On a busy day these can fill early! We also recommend taking public transportation and/or using resources such as Uber, Lyft or bike share programs.  We are about a 20 minute walk for the UW Light Rail Station.  Specific parking and public transportation directions will be included in the meeting location details after purchasing tickets.

How many people will be on the tour?  Each tour is capped at 12 people per tour guide.

Do you offer private tours? Yes!  Private Tours (both walking and tram tours) are available year round. To schedule a private tour, please email

Contact us:

UW Botanic Gardens Tram Tour

Tour departs from:  2300 Arboretum Drive East, Seattle, WA 98112


PHONE:  206.543.8800 (general information line)



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