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Washington Park Arboretum
2300 Arboretum Drive E
Seattle WA 98112

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Walk and Bike

The walk from the ST Link Light Rail University of Washington Station is 1.2 miles. We recommend you access the Arboretum using the historic Wilcox Bridge over Lake Washington Boulevard E at the end of E Lynn Street because there are currently no crosswalks across the Boulevard at the E Foster Island Road intersection.

Arboretum Drive E, one of two main roads inside the Arboretum, is bike-friendly. Cyclists often use Lake Washington Boulevard, but be aware that traffic volume can be high and lanes are narrow. Seattle Bike Map.

You can reach Arboretum Drive E from the University District by crossing the Montlake Bridge and following signs for the Arboretum.


Metro bus routes 980, 43 and 48 run near the Arboretum. Ask for the McGraw Street stop. If you are coming from Madison Street, you can take route 11, get off at Lake Washington Boulevard E, and walk north into the Arboretum. Several buses coming from the east side stop at the end of SR-520. Use Metro’s Trip Planner to get here.


From downtown

Drive east on Madison Street, away from Puget Sound. Follow it through Capitol Hill and the Central District into Madison Valley. Turn left on Lake Washington Boulevard E. To reach the Graham Visitors Center, follow Lake Washington Boulevard E 1.1 miles through the Arboretum and take a right onto E Foster Island Road. After 0.2 miles, turn right onto Arboretum Drive E to reach the Graham Visitors Center.

From I-5

Take exit 168 for SR-520 East/Bellevue-Kirkland. Merge onto SR-520 and take the first exit, Montlake Boulevard. Continue straight through the signal onto E Lake Washington Boulevard. Continue 0.6 miles and turn left onto E Foster Island Road.  After 0.2 miles, turn right onto Arboretum Drive E to reach the Graham Visitors Center.

From SR-520 West

After crossing Lake Washington, take the Montlake Boulevard E exit and follow signs for 24th Avenue E. Turn left onto 24th Avenue E, cross SR-520 and then turn left at the first stop sign onto E Lake Washington Boulevard. Continue approximately 0.4 miles and take the next left onto E Foster Island Road. At 0l.2 miles, turn right onto Arboretum Drive East to reach the Graham Visitors Center.


Very limited free parking is available for the public in several areas. Access lots at the Graham Visitors Center and the Japanese Garden.


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