Rockefeller Park & Greenhouse

Rockefeller Park & Greenhouse, Cleveland: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Rockefeller Park & Greenhouse Reviews: 4.5/5

Rockefeller Park & Greenhouse

Rockefeller Park & Greenhouse
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Mrsgb2b
Ohio41 contributions
lazy day
Oct 2019
if you're looking for something to do for free on a nice or rainy day this place is your place to visit
Written February 19, 2020
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ElaineAndGreg
Chesterland, OH2,602 contributions
Nice, But Needs A Lot of TLC
Jan 2020
Rockefeller Park is a great idea, in particular the Cleveland Cultural Gardens, which have been reviewed extensively elsewhere on this site. This greenhouse sits on the north end just off of Martin Luther King Drive, with a handful of surrounding smaller gardens.

I really wanted to love this place. But the years have not been kind. There is easy parking off the street, but you don't want to stray very far as the neighborhood . . . well . . . isn't among the area's best. And the rest needs more than a little attention.

The inside is tired. They've tried to put in some home-sized aquariums for interest, but everything else all seems out of date and not very well maintained. During my visit, they were giving contractors a tour with what appeared to be a tacit understanding that basically it all had to be redone. Hopefully it is.

It isn't all negative. There are about 5 rooms of plants ranging from cacti to bird of paradise plants. There are fountains, but none seemed to be working during my visit. On a wintry day, this could be a nice albeit brief break. And you can't beat the price - free.

I might suggest coming here in late spring where the gardens outside are likely at their best and using this as a base to explore some of the neighboring culture gardens. Those further south along East Blvd. are very nice, but, again, you probably don't want to stray too far.

If you just want to pop in to see it, it isn't hard as it's only a minute or so off of MLK Blvd. along the way south from I-90 towards University Circle/The Art Museum/The Natural History Museum, etc., but in rush hour traffic it can be of a challenge getting back on.

If you really need a warm/horticultural fix in Northeast Ohio in winter, consider the Rainforest at the Cleveland Metroparks zoo, about a dozen miles to the west, which has a fee but is really cool.

I love the idea of this greenhouse and the neighboring gardens. It's just that the reality doesn't currently live up to the dream.
Written January 10, 2020
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Barb H
495 contributions
Not really sure...
Sep 2019
I guess this garden is OK, but I thought it was rather ill-kept, not many signs to tell you about the plants, and really seemed like it needed some TLC. The Japanese gardens were nice for sure, but the rest of it is pretty shabby if you ask me. It is also very lonely...never saw one person that worked there the entire time, and only a couple of guests. Not really worth the trip in my opinion.
Written September 24, 2019
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Laurel F
Cleveland, OH46 contributions
One of Cleveland's great little-known treasures
Mar 2019
This is a FABULOUS place -- kept up amazing well, despite a location in some of the worst inner city slums. It's worth putting on your big girl pants, and going to visit anyways. The gardens are amazing and beautiful, the grounds lovely -- exotic cactuses and tropical plants in an old fashioned greenhouse heated with clanking steam heat!

When I utterly despair in mid-winter and the days are dark at 4:45PM and you think spring will NEVER COME (a common feeling in Northeast Ohio....)....NOTHING lifts your morale like a trip to the City Greenhouse. WHY OH WHY do they not promote or publicize this amazing treasure more? Most people I know -- lifelong residents! -- have literally no idea it is here (and FREE!) and just a mile down the road from University Circle!

In the dead of winter I have pressed my cold aching body against those delicious warm radiators in the tropical room....and sat for hours breathing in the intoxicating oxygen in the cactus room...drying out my miserable Cleveland sinuses.

There is just nothing better here in town -- unspoiled, pure, simple, NOT commercialized...NO GIFT SHOP! nothing to buy. No annoying guides. Just enter a paradise of gardens and flowers year round, and feel your spirit rejuvenate.

An absolute must for visitors and locals alike!
Written August 23, 2019
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Bill K
Cleveland, OH298 contributions
Relaxing
Jul 2019 • Friends
What a beautiful place to just stroll around and have a relaxing time. The more I looked, the more I saw. You really have to take your time and just enjoy it. I also like that it has free parking. It is a very short walk to the cultural gardens as well. I will definitely visit again during the other seasons.
Written July 29, 2019
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Keke
Ashland, OH7 contributions
Awesome!!!
Jul 2019
I loved it! It was so beautiful even though we had a slow spring; everything was beautiful. My favorite section had multiple varieties of cactus, I also loved their “garden for the blind.”
Written July 14, 2019
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raybee13
Gaithersburg, MD24 contributions
Beautiful spot!
Jun 2019
we were greeted by a very friendly volunteer who pointed us towards a field of Iris. We learned so much about this plant from her, her husband, and another gentleman. Lovely place to visit.
Written July 10, 2019
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Jodi S
Cleveland, OH1 contribution
Not Being Kept Up
Jun 2019 • Family
We are new to the area & keep exploring all the sights of Cleveland. The Greenhouse has some beautiful flowers, but does not feel well kept. None of the water fountains worked. The grounds are not being kept up at all!!!!! Weeds & sticks were everywhere!!! These were weeds that had been growing for ages. The gazebo was well worn & just the feel of the entire place. It would not take much to fix it, but definitely needs some attention.
Written June 17, 2019
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Lynn C
Cleveland, OH54,302 contributions
Beautiful!!
May 2019 • Solo
An incredible free attraction in Cleveland. Takes about 10-20 min tops to explore this greenhouse but I love coming here every time, no matter what month or season. The orchids on display in May were gorgeous!!
Written May 9, 2019
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hmctee
Cleveland, OH4 contributions
Peaceful and Beautiful and FREE :)
Jun 2018 • Solo
In the greenhouse, the display changes seasonally with flowers, bulbs, or whatever makes sense. Always beautiful and peaceful. The orchid room and cactus room are fascinating and beautiful and as a kid I loved walking and finding all the paths. Outside the gardens are varied. Iris garden is stunning in spring and each outside garden has a theme or emphasis all different. It is always a free visit and it is at the northeast end of the cultural gardens which are also free and a lovely outdoor park.
Written April 14, 2019
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