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Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory

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Address: 8109 Jefferson Avenue, Belle Isle, Detroit, MI 48207
Phone Number: 313 852 4065
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I'm a sucker for amazing architecture and gardens so this was the highlight of our visit to Belle Isle. It's not very large but it's free (with the rec pass to get on the island... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Michigan
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Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm a sucker for amazing architecture and gardens so this was the highlight of our visit to Belle Isle. It's not very large but it's free (with the rec pass to get on the island) and it is well maintained. It's wonderful to have this little gem so close to home!

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Thank Chris B
Petoskey, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After visiting many botanical gardens, this is truly in my top 5. Extremely well kept plants, lots of variety, and a breath taking old Victorian conservatory. I would recommend this place to anyone, especially a family looking for an exciting and educational day adventure.

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Thank Matt K
Detroit, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a peaceful thing to do on any day of the week. Beautiful rooms with various plants species based on climate. So much to look at.

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Thank detroitfoodlover
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I work next door at the aquarium as a volunteer and I always sneak over to the conservatory whenever I get the chance. It is the longest-running conservatory in the United States and the glass structure is a sister building of the aquarium; both buildings were designed by Albert Kahn and opened in 1904. They were formerly connected and the... More 

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Thank Heather H
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I often go solo because the majority of people I know would not want to stay inside a conservatory for as long as I do. This conservatory is very well kept and simply a dream.

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Thank Lia D
Warren, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016

There were so many exotic plants. There is a place to have an exotic setting for a wedding. Expect to walk, but at your own pace.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

I’m a conservatory and botanical gardens enthusiast. I’ve visited the Lincoln Park and Garfield Park conservatories in Chicago, the Frederik Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, the National Botanic Gardens in DC...the list goes on. Belle Isle’s conservatory is solidly at the bottom of my list as far as quality goes. It’s not a BAD conservatory by any means, but it’s... More 

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1 Thank Freemajo
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79 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016 via mobile

Very pretty! It's a nice little conservatory and we really enjoyed it. If you are planning on visiting the adjacent aquarium, be aware that it's only open on certain days.

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1 Thank Charlotte S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016 via mobile

As a native Detroiter, the flower conservatory has always been a favorite place for me. It's just a peaceful, serene and interesting outing for the family. Flowers and plants are from all over the world and beware of the stinky plant (1st pic) because it smells as if something crawled under a rock and died inspite of its beauty.

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1 Thank MichiganMatters
Rochester Hills, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

Lovely place. Great variety and well maintained. Nice pathway and easy to walkthrough even for 80+year old with walker. There are a few scattered benches if needed to sit and rest/enjoy. Labels/signs are nice as well. No charge for admission to building only to get on island. Right next to aquarium, so you can visit both in one stop and... More 

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