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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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One of the many great attractions on this island

The succulent dry garden was impressive with cactus touching the conservatory ceiling. Many of the plants we have seen in our world travels and were delighted to view them in one... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Carole B
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Boulder, United States
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Boulder, United States
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20 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The succulent dry garden was impressive with cactus touching the conservatory ceiling. Many of the plants we have seen in our world travels and were delighted to view them in one venue. They have done a great job of creating this indoor/outdoor FREE gem. My mom and husband wondered everywhere. The light classical music playing softly in the background gave... More 

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Westland, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Belle Isle is a work in progress after decades of neglect, and the Conservatory is a good example of that. It's simultaneously sad and beautiful, but definitely worth a visit, along with the nearby Aquarium. The aquarium's renovations are much more noticeable, but the Conservatory has some features that I find breathtakingly beautiful. The statue of the young girl is... More 

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Thank RickyBoo
Wayne, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

did a tour of the filmore theater then snuck across the macarthur bridge to this beautiful isle. the conservatory was in full bloom and the best part is it is all free.

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Thank surgirn54
Michigan
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42 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2016

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 August 13, 2016 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2016

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 August 10, 2016

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2016

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
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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