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Garden Parks:Bellevue Botanical Garden

Enjoy a fragrant walk through the Bellevue Botanical Garden Photo courtesy of Bellevue Botanical Garden Society

5 kid-friendly Seattle-area garden parks to explore

Pack a picnic, take a walk and don't forget your camera!

Spend an afternoon walking garden trails, taking in the bright colors of summer’s bloom. Five of the best kid-friendly garden parks:

 Washington Park Arboretum

With 230 acres of trails and plant life on the shores of Lake Washington, many species found only at the park, your family will enjoy a day of exploration, discovery and nature.


Kubota Garden

Children will delight in the ponds filled with koi and the bridges over the pond. A beautiful place in Rainier Beach to take family pictures, or snap some shots of your children playing in the garden.


Bellevue Botanical Garden

Starting with a  gentle waterfall at the entrance, the different landscapes of this park draw children in. Kids will enjoy the windy paths. Many birds, bees and butterflies can be found here.


Parsons Gardens

This tiny garden park on Queen Anne Hill’s south slope is perfect for a game of hide-and-seek in the large gazebo structure or behind one of the many hydrangeas.


Kruckeberg Botanic Garden

It’ll take you more than one visit to cover this beautiful park in Shoreline. There are four acres here. Go birding, hike to identify trees and plants and stop at MsK Nursery. The “kids only” website features garden-themed virtual learning resources.


More garden parks, including some that have yet to reopen: More than a walk in the park: six public gardens to explore with kids.

About the Author

Jasmin Thankachen

Jasmin is the Associate Publisher at Seattle's Child and an Eastside mom of two boys. She enjoys parenting with lots of love and laughter. Co-Founder of PopUp StoryWalk, she also loves children's picture books, essay writing, and community stories.