Looking for places to see fall foliage in Seattle?
Although many Seattleites set off on hikes in one of our many nearby national or state parks to see fall foliage this time of year, not everyone is able or willing to do so. Luckily, you don’t have to leave the city at all to get some colorful photos for your Instagram. There are actually lots of places to see fall foliage in Seattle thanks in large part to our incredible city parks. So pack a picnic, grab your pumpkin spice latte and camera, and set out for a fall adventure that’s conveniently close to home.
Read on for our list of the best 10 places to see fall foliage in Seattle!
1. Washington Park Arboretum
In addition to the normal colorful foliage, Washington Park Arboretum is one of just three places where you can see golden larches in Seattle without having to drive out of the city and then hike. The other two places are Woodland Park (also the site of our city zoo) and Ravenna Park—but we personally love visiting the arboretum the most.
2. Seattle Japanese Garden
While you’re in the arboretum, try to also check out the Japanese garden located there. It opens at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday through Sunday and closes at 5:00 p.m. Unlike the arboretum there is a small entrance fee (under $10) but it’s worth it to see the fall colors. Keep in mind that no dogs or picnics are allowed.
Also don’t miss out on this year’s upcoming Maple Festival at the Japanese garden!
3. Kubota Garden
This Japanese garden in Rainier Beach is larger than the one in the arboretum and free to the public. You’re also welcome to picnic there or bring your dog. It is open daily from sunrise to sunset. You’ll be able to see stunning fall colors all through October.
4. Green Lake
There’s nothing like taking a stroll on the three-mile path around Green Lake in autumn. The trees lining the lake explode with vibrant colors that are reflected in the water.
5. Fremont Canal Park
If you walk on the paved path along the Fremont cut in the fall, you’ll be able to enjoy the bright yellow leaves of the trees lined up next to the canal. You can watch sailboats and rowers pass by and smell the warm chocolate scent of the nearby Theo Chocolate Factory in the air.
6. Discovery Park
Discovery Park is beautiful in every season, but especially in the fall when the leaves change color. It is Seattle’s biggest park so take some time to explore the many trails.
7. Lincoln Park
Of course we had to include a place in West Seattle. Lincoln Park has 135 acres with forest trails, picnic tables, and a beach. The trees take on vibrant colors throughout the park every fall.
8. University of Washington
Although not a park, the University of Washington is one of the best places to see fall foliage in Seattle. Not only can you see the vibrant leaves as you wander across the bustling campus in the fall, but you’ll also get to enjoy some gorgeous architecture.
9. Lake Washington Boulevard
Go for a fall stroll or bike ride by Lake Washington Boulevard and you’ll get to enjoy a peaceful scene of fall foliage all along the edge of the lake.
10. Kerry Park
Fall is a great time to visit the iconic Kerry Park in Seattle for two reasons. One is that the summer crowd will be thinned out a little, and the second reason is that you’ll get to see some beautiful fall foliage enhancing one of the best views of Seattle.