Believe it or not, your kids won’t die if they don’t have a screen in front of them at all times. And to prove it, take them to one (or more!) of these beautiful gardens. At these spots, you won’t find play equipment or splash pads, but you will find blooming blossoms, rushing waterfalls and plenty of nooks and crannies to explore along with the calm and tranquil environment you’ve been craving this summer. So pull the plugs and read on for the best places to take the fam for a timeout.

Seattle Japanese Garden

Located within the Washington Park Arboretum, this garden is a must-see in the spring, summer, winter or fall. The colors are vibrant, there are bridges to cross over, koi fish to spot and turtles to admire. It’s basically a wonderland of adventure for little explorers. Psst... there’s always something going on so be sure to check their events page for fun family activities.

Good to Know: In order to preserve the beauty of the park, picnics and pets are not allowed. The garden is free on the first Thursday of each month from 3 p.m-closing.

1075 Lake Washington Blvd. E.
Seattle, Wa 98112

Admission: $6/Adults (18-64); $4/Youth (6-17), Seniors (65+) and Students (with I.D.); 5 & under Free
Hours: Times vary depending on the season, check their website for the specifics.

photo: Ed Ogle via Flickr


Do you have a favorite garden that you like to visit during the summer months? Share your suggestions in the comments below.

— Jeffrey Totey & Allison Rasmussen