The Best Ways to Explore the Yakima Arboretum

The Pacific Northwest is known for its natural beauty. From towering western hemlocks to awe-inspiring mountain ranges, there are enchanting views at every turn. Explore 46 acres of beautiful lush greenery at the Yakima Arboretum. This green space in Yakima Valley is home to various display gardens as well as an untouched natural area. The Yakima Area Arboretum is a great place to get acquainted with Central Washington’s native flora and fauna. Even better, this attraction is just a five-minute drive from Birchfield Manor, so it’s easy to visit during your stay!  

When you’re ready to start planning your trip, request our Yakima Travel Guide. This free resource is filled with local insight on things to do during your trip to Central Washington! 

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Top 3 Things to Do at the Yakima Arboretum 

Please note that some events and classes at the Yakima Area Arboretum may be canceled due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19. However, the gardens and grounds remain open for guests to explore. 

1. Nature Walks 

The Yakima Area Arboretum is a great place for an afternoon stroll. This nature preserve is divided between the gardens and a natural area. The gardens span 30 acres of the landscape, while the natural area is limited to about 15 acres, so there’s plenty of green spaces to choose from. It’s especially impressive to visit during the spring in Yakima, Washington, when everything is in full bloom! 

2. Garden Tours 

There are 30 unique stops within the Yakima Area Arboretum garden. From a raised bed vegetable garden to Bald Eagles perched near the Yakima River, there are plenty of neat things to see here! Be sure to bring a copy of the garden map with you to take a self-guided tour. There are seasonal highlights at the bottom of this resource, so you know exactly what to be on the lookout for during your visit! 

If you’re looking for a more informative experience, request a private tour! These tours range from 60 to 90 minutes and can be catered to your specific interestsThese private tours are one of the best free things to do in Yakima, WA. 

3. Bird Watching 

The abundant flora at the Yakima Area Arboretum attracts a diverse variety of birds. Bald Eagles, owls, woodpeckers, swallows, and more visit this area each year to feed on the seasonal blooms. Be sure to download the arboretum’s birding guide for all the information you need to have a successful day of birdwatching! 

Stay Nearby at Birchfield Manor 

View of king-size bed in the Sunrise Room at Birchfield Manor.

The Yakima Arboretum is a five-minute drive from Birchfield Manor. It’s a great place to spend the afternoon exploring our town’s natural beauty. Then, come back to Birchfield Manor for more beautiful views. Our property is an oasis in the middle of the desert, with views of rolling hills and hops fields.  

Enjoy incredible views of our property with a stay in the Sunrise Room. This guest room boasts a king-size bed, a private bath, and a private patio with beautiful views of the valley and pond. It’s a great space to enjoy a morning cup of coffee surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature!  

Browse all our accommodations to select your favorite. Then, check our availability to start planning your trip!