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Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory

Address: 8109 Jefferson Avenue, Belle Isle, Detroit, MI 48207
Phone Number: 313 852 4065
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Ranked #22 of 168 things to do in Detroit
Type: Gardens, Nature & Parks
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Rochester Hills, Michigan
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

The Conservatory is a part of my childhood and I can't imagine the world without this cozy, green place. I know some of the trees were there when I was a kid (let's call it 55 years ago) and they feel like old friends. Many updates have made this a happier place and the whole island has benefited from becoming... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I have been visiting the Conservatory for over 30 years. The painted white trees were so phony looking and the poinsettia display was unimpressive. I took several suburban friends there on a cold winter day. They were disappointed and don't plan to go back. I am a native Detroiter so I will continue to support Belle Isle. They do need... More 

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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

As others have mentioned, this is a great place to visit during winter or in other unpleasant weather. It is beautifully kept and has a wide variety of plants. The whole building flows nicely from one area to the next, with each different room focusing on a specific environment (desert, tropical, etc.). It's perfect for photography, a leisurely stroll, or... More 

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Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

This is a beautiful conservatory and well worth your time while discovering the many exceptional spots on Belle Isle. I have enjoyed going during the winter months when it is cold outside. On a recent tour I discovered that during WWII Mrs. Scripps housed one of the worlds largest orchid collections here for safe keeping, many rare specimens from wealthy... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

I love coming here on cold and dreary days. It is a warm and tropical respite from the our sometimes wicked MIchigan winters. If need another reason to visit Belle Isle, the conservatory would be it.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Great place to visit during the winter months. They have a variety of plants in different climate zones - bring your camera!

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Canton, Michigan
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

The Belle Isle Conservatory, officially known as the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, is located on Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan, not far from the Detroit Windsor bridge. The conservatory houses hundreds of plants of all types, including massive succulents and tiny succulents, as well. The building, designed by Albert Kahn and built in 1904, displays some of the most beautiful... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Wonderful, huge palms, a fernery and many large, weird plants entirely unkown to me, I think the place was built in 1904 or something, and it is great to see that it's still around.

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Ann Arbor
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

So I have to admit I was very concerned at first getting married at the conservatory since the island only books out 2 hour blocks... Ours was 1pm-3pm I was terrified that the people before us would run over or the people after us would try to rush us. However things worked out great, apparently the people before us left... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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37 reviews 37 reviews
15 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Make the trek to Belle Isle to see this. Gorgeous building in a clump of great architecture - the Conservatory, the historic Aquarium, the Scott Fountain, the old Stables, the Carillon, a Saarinen pavilion, all within an Olmstead Park. Amazing! Detroit is a beautiful place.

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