The Washington Park Arboretum holds a world class collection of woody plants that can be explored on your own, via group tours, or through classes and activities. All parts of the Washington Park Arboretum, with the exception of the Japanese Garden, are open to the public and are free of charge. The Graham Visitors Center has maps, restrooms, Arboretum Foundation offices, a gift shop and rental venue. Year round visitors will find something of interest along the trails that wind through 230 acres of gardens, natural areas and wetlands.
Limited parking is available at the Graham Visitor Center and along Foster Island Drive E. We encourage visitors to use public transit.
ARBORETUM TRAM TOURS
Take the Washington Park Arboretum TRAM TOUR and visit six continents in an hour!
This fully narrated tour guides you through Seattle’s outdoor living museum:
Learn about plants from nearly 100 countries.
Discover the Arboretum’s connection with horses.
Learn which tree gave us the first type of painkiller.
Sample a 16th century beverage made from the root of a woody plant.
$20 per person, adult or child (babe in arms no charge), Maximum 12 passengers. (Please note: Since we don’t charge admission or parking, our tour revenue is critical in helping provide resources for the park operations.)
(For groups who want a private tram tour – available year round – please contact: email@example.com)
May 24-September 1
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
September 7-October 26
DISCLAIMER: In purchasing a tram tour, you agree to all terms and conditions: The UW Botanic Gardens Arboretum Tram 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. By purchasing these tickets 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 releases UW Botanic Gardens from any liability for injury, death, or damage to person or property, stemming from his or her presence on 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 UW Botanic Gardens for any theft, property damage or injuries caused by ticket holder while attending the tour.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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!
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 email@example.com
UW Botanic Gardens Tram Tour
Tour departs from: 2300 Arboretum Drive East, Seattle, WA 98112
Billing Address: 3501 NE 41st Street, Seattle, WA 98105