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Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory

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Address: 8109 Jefferson Avenue, Belle Isle, Detroit, MI 48207
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+1 313-852-4065

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This place is amazing! So many great things in a small space and beautifully set up! Belle Isle is a real find! This was our first trip but we'll be back. The aquarium was... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Jackson, MI
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Jackson, MI
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77 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is amazing! So many great things in a small space and beautifully set up! Belle Isle is a real find! This was our first trip but we'll be back. The aquarium was closed on a Thursday which was a bummer but in the summer this would be a must stop! I would be interested to check it out... More 

Thank NickAndKaren
Port Huron, Michigan, United States
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118 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2016

Love the Anna Scripps Conservatory and we visit several times a year. For each season they have special exhibits. At Christmas they have poinsettias for Easter Easter Lilies in large numbers. The Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory is the oldest continually-running conservatory in the United States. It is divided into five distinct sections: Palm House, the Tropical House, the Cactus House,... More 

Thank Cindy L
West Michigan
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43 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

We enjoyed exploring this conservatory with our 2.5 year old daughter. Beautiful plants inside and out, a fun pond feature and stunning archetecture all for the price of your annual state park sticker. Doesn't get much better!

Thank jkfhope
Farmington Hills, Michigan
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165 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2016 via mobile

With several rooms offering differing collections of plants and trees, this is a real treat. There are beautiful blooming plants, succulents and wonderful holiday displays.

Thank Chammy13
Troy, Michigan
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369 reviews
77 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

Although the conservatory is small, I was astounded by the quality of the specimens and the great general appearance and repair. Kudos to whomever is in charge of this gem. From succulents to tropical plants to gardens outside, the place is magnificent. I highly recommend a visit. You need a state park pass to get on the island, but admittance... More 

Thank 1Rahhalatun
Edgewood, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016

Just astounding how they have so much beauty in a small area. Longwood Gardens could learn a lot from what you have here!

Thank matthew b
Boulder, United States
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21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

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 

Thank Carole B
Westland, Michigan
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28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016

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 

Thank RickyBoo
Wayne, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016

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.

Thank surgirn54
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55 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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!

Thank Chris B

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