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“Like Plants? See This Greenhouse & Garden”

Volunteer Park Conservatory
Ranked #38 of 440 things to do in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Crystal Springs, Mississippi
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84 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Like Plants? See This Greenhouse & Garden”
Reviewed September 16, 2013

Conservatory - the name makes it sound so stodgy. This is a series of glass greenhouses, all connected. Lots of plants to see; each room has a different theme.

There is a unique instrument above your head in one of the rooms. See if you can find it.

Outside, don't miss the Dahlia Garden. I have never seen so many different kinds. From a distance they look like roses, but I assure you, they are dahlias.

A stature of Seward is outside - you know, the guy who bought Alaska from Russia for the U.S. Best deal in history.

Visited September 2013
Thank rick s
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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98 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Not really worth the effort”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

My husband and I walked here from Pike Place Market because we don't mind walking and because the guide book said they had a great collection of orchids. It was not worth it. The orchids were lovely, but we've been to many other places with much larger collections of them, so this was disappointing to us. The conservatory itself is nice, but it wasn't worth the walk or really the $4 to get in. Again, we've seen many more gardens/conservatories that are much larger.
The park is nice and you can get a pretty good view (albeit obstructed by fencing) if you climb to the top of the water tower.
If you're already going up there to the Asian Art Museum and you enjoy plants, it might be worth it for you to go, but we ended up a little disappointed. Definitely take the bus or drive because the grade up Capital Hill is a killer.

Visited September 2013
1 Thank hunnyjar
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Wilmington, Delaware
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96 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“A VERY quick way to see a pacific coast sunset AND the Seattle skyline”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

We arrived just as the sun was going down on a very sunny late summer day. It was a perfect location to see the sunset and skyline. The steps are not easy to just run up so give yourself some time until sunset. There is no elevator. It is free and a very nice way to experience Seattle with a very short amount of time. Wish I could have done more but this was special.

Visited September 2013
1 Thank Mgitsme
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San Antonio
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62 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Just lovely”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

Go to the water tower for your free 360 degree view of Seattle. The park has huge trees and lush lawns.

Visited August 2013
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137 reviews
85 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed September 2, 2013

Small, intimate but delightful. Across from the conservatory is the dahlia garden which is amazing. Down the road is the SAM Asian Art division.

Visited September 2013
Thank KSL13
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