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Volunteer Park Conservatory

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Neighborhood: Broadway / Capitol Hill
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Address: 1402 E. Galer, Seattle, WA 98112
Phone Number: 206-322-4112
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Activities: Walking
Description: Five houses on the conservatory represent five distinct environments, from...
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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7 degrees of Chihuly

Chihuly says he was inspired by glass conservatories. This one is just up the Capitol hill from his museum at the Space Needle. Indeed nice play of light and changing colors from... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
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Katy, Texas
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

Chihuly says he was inspired by glass conservatories. This one is just up the Capitol hill from his museum at the Space Needle. Indeed nice play of light and changing colors from the sunlight and plants interacting. Plant wise separate rooms for orchids, cacti, bromeliads and more. Orchids are in flower and in all colors, very nice display. Somebody does... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Stepping into the conservatory on a cool brisk day was like being transported into another world. The grounds are well kept, well worth the $4 admission fee

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

The Conservatory is a beautiful place to go in downtown Seattle in the Capitol Hill Neighborhood. The conservatory is a beautiful greenhouse with a variety of exotic flowers, a perfect quiet escape from the city. I would definitely recommend this place for anyone who appreciates nature, and is a great place to go on a rainy day. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrpUut-IyrA

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Houston, Texas
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

We started at the Dahlia Gardens in Volunteer Park - AMAZING! The flowers were in full bloom in almost every color imaginable - pinks, oranges, whites, reds, mini, small, large. etc. Then we dragged ourselves to the Conservatory. I was surprised that there was so much to see since it looked small from the outside. I highly recommend this place... More 

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Mill Creek, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

My bf is a plant-lover, so thought I'd surprise him with a trip here. For $4 at an electronic kiosk by the door, you can spend time looking at all of the gorgeous plants and flowers. Wonderful for a cheap-but-romantic date.

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Spokane, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Really a nice way to warm up and view all the beautiful succulents and tropical plants, especially on a cold, rainy day. Even though it's a pubic park, there's a $4 price for admission. That may deter some, but if you've got nothing better to do and a few extra bucks to spare, it's worth it.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

It's a great park with Watertower, greenhouse, and access to beautiful cemetery grounds where Bruce Lee was buried. It's one of my favorite parks to bring a blanket to and read or just sit at the base of the Asian Art Museum art deco building.

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OFallon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Loved seeing all the tropical flowers especially when cold and grey outside. Nice little gift shop with very helpful employees who are not intrusive.

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Washington
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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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