Daffodils, azaleas, and rhodies, oh my! Spring has sprung in the Northwest, and the explosion of flowers is sure to delight your kids. Take a walk around the block and you’ll bump into blooms, but if you really want the family to see spring flowers in their full splendor, then head to one of Seattle’s beautiful botanical gardens.
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For a spectacular spring floral display, wander down Azalea Way – just a .75 mile walk! The kids will hardly notice the exercise with such bright, beautiful scenery! Then there’s still a full 230 acres to explore for even more flowering plants. Admission is free, except to the Japanese Garden – Adults, $5; Youths aged 6 to 17, $3; Youths 5 and under, free.
Though cheerful beds of daffodils and tulips will beckon you, don’t miss a photo-op with the fat bronze toad at the entrance of the Bellevue Botanical Gardens. Then venture a little further, and you’ll find blossoming cherry trees, bright blooms of rhododendrons and azaleas, and hundreds more blossoming plants and trees within the garden’s 36 acres. Admission is free.
For a garden stroll fit for a toddler, this beautiful Victorian greenhouse is just the spot (just steer clear of the cactus house). Located at the north end of Volunteer Park, it was modeled after London’s Crystal Palace. Bulbs are blooming in the seasonal display house along with Cineraria, Schizanthus, and Hydrangea. Admission is free, though a donation is suggested.
- Carl S. English Jr. Botanical Gardens
- Woodland Park Rose Garden (Adjacent to the Woodland Park Zoo)
- Bradner Gardens Park (Mt. Baker neighborhood)
- Kubota Garden (South Seattle)
- Kruckeberg Botanic Gardens in Shoreline
- Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden
- Rhododendron Species Foundation and Botanical Garden (Federal Way)