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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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Gorgeous hothouse plants

Loved seeing all the tropical flowers especially when cold and grey outside. Nice little gift shop with very helpful employees who are not intrusive.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 March 2015
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2015

Loved seeing all the tropical flowers especially when cold and grey outside. Nice little gift shop with very helpful employees who are not intrusive.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2015

As a person who has no particular interest in horticulture, propagation, etc., etc., I was surprised by my tendency to linger here. The variety of plants is nothing short of phenomenal and the general atmosphere is bright even in Seattle weather. This is a great place for adults to learn and be impressed and a stupendous experience for the little... More 

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New England
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2015

This was a lovely place to visit on a rainy winter day. The conservatory isn't as large as many others I've visited, such as those in DC and Longwood gardens, but the displays are interesting and attractive. The $4 fee is collected at an electronic kiosk, so it's really the honor system. A self-guide brochure is provided.

3 Thank NewEnglandMim
Indianola, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2015

I love orchids, and they are thriving here in a wonderful setting! There are also lots of interesting ferns, banana trees, and other plants to set them off. The setting in Volunteer Park is also amazing, and I would highly recommend spending an afternoon here in this beautiful place. The usual fee is $4, but it is free on the... More 

3 Thank luv2snkl
Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2014

We visit the Park every time we come and when it rains we spend lots of our time in the conservatory. It never fails to engage us.

Thank Rosellacws
Grand Junction, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2014

Walking through Volunteer Park is always a treat when we visit Seattle. No matter how many times we visit, a trip to the top of the conservatory is always on our list.

Thank Kathy S
Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2014

I love Seattle! I love the parks in Seattle. If you are in the neighborhood, you should drive by and walk around Volunteer Park. They had a conservatory, Asian art museum, water tower, weird looking trees, and trails. You can also get a nice view of downtown. They only reason I can't say I love this park is because it... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2014

The conservatory itself was under construction but we enjoyed a pleasant stroll in the gardens. We got some exercise climbing the water tower. The city views were very nice even if the mountain wasn't out. I had never seen the city from this angle.

Thank dalm0m
Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2014

This is a hidden gem in Volunteer park. Recently renovated, it is very cool to be surrounded by tropical plants and flowers on a wet, gray Seattle day. And Volunteer Park is also a world famous urban oasis, designed by the Olmsted brothers. Go to the top of the Water tower while you're there.

2 Thank SeattleFather
Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2014 via mobile

Really nice place for a stroll and view of the space needle. Has it's own charm, specially the area with the statue that is surrounded by trees. This area feels very private ( there were no people around) and has the view of the small lake.

Thank birdie250

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