When visiting the Arboretum, you can see the Japanese Gardens or you may be lucky enough to catch the cherry blossoms in full bloom, but in any season the waterfront trail is a very unique, very Seattle experience. This three mile loop, begins with a dirt/bark trail, leading to a wooden floating walkway, and heading back to the parking lot is a grassy field, you can explore Marsh and Foster Islands which for some reason feel adventurous. Plan for an hour and a half to enjoy the whole route.
After your outdoor excursion you may want to get a cup of coffee. Depending on which direction home is...
North - University Village
Work your way towards 520
Go North on Montlake Blvd E
This will become25th Ave NE
The University Village Entrance will be on the right.
There are a couple of Starbucks.
South - Madison Park
Head South on Arboretum Dr E
Left on Lake Washington Blvd E
Left on E Madison St
Continue East and you will begin to see gift shops and cafes
There are many coffee shops in the area to choose from; we like The Essential Baking Cafe, who are known for their award winning pastries.