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Volunteer Park Conservatory

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Neighbourhood: Broadway / Capitol Hill
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Address: 1402 E Galer St, Seattle, WA 98112-2843
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+1 206-322-4112

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I've been coming here for 40 years now. The Conservatory was one of our childhood haunts when we lived across the street, and continues to be one of my favorite Seattle spots for... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Seattle, Washington
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Derby, Kansas
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80 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The drawing card for Volunteer Park is the Asian Art Museum, but it is closed for renovation, although I saw not activity indicating it was being worked on. The pond that surrounds the fountain and sculpture has been drained, leaving a rather bleak overlook. However, one can still take a photo of the Space Needle though the sculpture that looks... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've been coming here for 40 years now. The Conservatory was one of our childhood haunts when we lived across the street, and continues to be one of my favorite Seattle spots for a literal 'breath of fresh air".

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Seattle, Washington
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808 reviews
352 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love visiting the Conservatory in Volunteer Park there is always plenty to see. The variety of plants is really impressive considering that it's not that large. If you're the park don't miss it.

Thank Alec D
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8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 12 April 2017

Check out this greenhouse for a variety of plants, from succulents to more rare types. There's a small fee, a donation to keep up the space and grounds, but it's totally worth it. Also if you take a camera to take images, your camera may fog up, depending on the time of year, so it can take 15 minutes or... More 

Thank Kate H
Friday Harbor, Washington
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127 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Seattle has many parks and this is one of the excellent ones. Together with its conservatory it is a must walk activity. For visitors the #10 bus takes you from downtown to the park.

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Waverly, New York
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 April 2017

I enjoyed once again the time I spent at the Conservatory. I've been here several times and always find it relaxing. Definitely worth a visit. The neighboring art museum, however, was closed for renovations.

Thank surban47
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6 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Volunteer park is a seattle gem. It has the conservatory, the Seattle Asian Art Museum, spectacular views and a water tower with over 100 stairs to climb up and get a 360 degree view of the city. An Olmstead designed park, truly a spectacular place. fun for everyone.

2 Thank Andrew W
Seattle, Washington
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50 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

My favorite trip to exotic places without actually traveling are my (never often enough) visits to the Volunteer Park Conservatory. This wonderful historic structure is meticulously cared for by both Seattle Parks staff and dedicated volunteers. The collections of plants are magnificent and very diverse, from orchids to cacti and everything in between. I love coming in to the warmth... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

A charming, large and lovely conservatory with an orchid collection of cultivars donated almost a century ago. Beautiful collections, very much worth a visit.

2 Thank Ellen_M_Baltimore
Kirkland, Washington
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192 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2017

First time to visit and we were impressed. Beautiful and very historic. Was "made" in New York and shipped to Seattle to assemble. It's like stepping back in time for the building. The plants were lovely and we all loved the cactus room, as we called it. Our 13 yr old & two 10's (twins) thought it was a very... More 

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