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Volunteer Park Conservatory

Address: 1402 E. Galer, Seattle, WA 98112 (Broadway / Capitol Hill)
Phone Number: 206-322-4112
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Ranked #37 of 498 things to do in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Walking
Owner description: Five houses on the conservatory represent five distinct environments, from jungle to desert...
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Activities: Walking
Owner description: Five houses on the conservatory represent five distinct environments, from jungle to desert. Theres also a Cactus House, a Fern House and a Bromeliad House.

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Washington
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224 reviews 224 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

As a person who has no particular interest in horticulture, propagation, etc., etc., I was surprised by my tendency to linger here. The variety of plants is nothing short of phenomenal and the general atmosphere is bright even in Seattle weather. This is a great place for adults to learn and be impressed and a stupendous experience for the little... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

This was a lovely place to visit on a rainy winter day. The conservatory isn't as large as many others I've visited, such as those in DC and Longwood gardens, but the displays are interesting and attractive. The $4 fee is collected at an electronic kiosk, so it's really the honor system. A self-guide brochure is provided.

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Indianola, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

I love orchids, and they are thriving here in a wonderful setting! There are also lots of interesting ferns, banana trees, and other plants to set them off. The setting in Volunteer Park is also amazing, and I would highly recommend spending an afternoon here in this beautiful place. The usual fee is $4, but it is free on the... More 

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We visit the Park every time we come and when it rains we spend lots of our time in the conservatory. It never fails to engage us.

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Grand Junction, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Walking through Volunteer Park is always a treat when we visit Seattle. No matter how many times we visit, a trip to the top of the conservatory is always on our list.

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

I love Seattle! I love the parks in Seattle. If you are in the neighborhood, you should drive by and walk around Volunteer Park. They had a conservatory, Asian art museum, water tower, weird looking trees, and trails. You can also get a nice view of downtown. They only reason I can't say I love this park is because it... More 

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NJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

The conservatory itself was under construction but we enjoyed a pleasant stroll in the gardens. We got some exercise climbing the water tower. The city views were very nice even if the mountain wasn't out. I had never seen the city from this angle.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

This is a hidden gem in Volunteer park. Recently renovated, it is very cool to be surrounded by tropical plants and flowers on a wet, gray Seattle day. And Volunteer Park is also a world famous urban oasis, designed by the Olmsted brothers. Go to the top of the Water tower while you're there.

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Really nice place for a stroll and view of the space needle. Has it's own charm, specially the area with the statue that is surrounded by trees. This area feels very private ( there were no people around) and has the view of the small lake.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

If you're looking for some time away from busy downtown Seattle, take a trip to Volunteer Park. There you will find well kept grounds, beautiful trees, nice walking paths, and the water tower. Climb the tower for terrific views, especially of Mt Rainer!

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