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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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Modest in Size Set in a Great Park

Volunteer Park was designed by Olmsted (same guy who did Central Park in NY), and it shows. It's a lovely spot, with the two crowning gems being the conservatory and the water... read more

Reviewed 15 April 2014
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688 reviews
348 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 209 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2014

Volunteer Park was designed by Olmsted (same guy who did Central Park in NY), and it shows. It's a lovely spot, with the two crowning gems being the conservatory and the water tower. Visit both.

2 Thank hfulghum
Kansas City
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90 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2014

We walked (hiked) from an apartment about 8 blocks away. When we arrived at the Conservatory, we were treated to quite a show of plants one would not expect to see along the West Coast. Great show, folks.

1 Thank cprinkc
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12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2014

Go here and walk up 108 steps in the water town for a awesome 360 degree view of the city and mountains -- and it's FREE!

1 Thank Larry4France
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121 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2014

The water tower in Volunteer Park is one of the best views of the expanse of Seattle, and one of the best photo ops, by far The water tower requires a hike up what seems like 5 flights of stairs, as you're walking up steep stairs that wind around the water tank to get to the top. Once you get... More 

2 Thank struct84
Sacramento, California
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46 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2014

Very cute conservatory with 5 different climate rooms including tropical, moderate, and dry. They have beautiful tulips that sported a great background for taking portraits with friends, as well as succulents that are often very photogenic on their own. There were a lot of plants with unusual and colorful foliage in the more tropical rooms along with tropical flowers blooming.... More 

2 Thank ajenshus
Seattle, Washington
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63 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2014

Can't beat the scenery on this park. It's beautiful, it's so green! Within the park are Seattle Asian Art Museum, The Volunteer Park Conservatory, The Volunteer Park Water Tower, Playground, Pond, Picnic Area, The Black Sun art work by Noguchi, Plants, Lush gardens, Grass, Trees and more Trees! It doesn't feel like you're In the heart of the city. You... More 

3 Thank JTCGreen
Salt Lake City, Utah
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 24 March 2014

Beautiful park near Bed and Breakfast very walkable(runable) neighborhood. Large, but quaint homes with lovely architecture.

1 Thank tiffharrison
Seattle, Washington
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79 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2014

Love this place whether is rainy or sunny - the greenhouse is cozy and beautiful, especially charming when you can hear the rain hitting the rooftop. We love it. The grounds are beautifully kept and there's an old light tower or water tower near buy that provides especially lovely sky views of Seattle. It's a peaceful place and it's free... More 

Thank SheShootsPhotography
Edgewood, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2014

It was good to get in to the warmth after a hike in January around Volunteer Park. $4 entry fee seemed reasonable for viewing the greenhouses full of orchids, unusual exotic plants (I liked the chenille plant, the pitcher plant and Northwest natives). Narrow sidewalks, but people were friendly and congenial.

1 Thank d0tdashkayaker
Seattle, Washington
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2014

go you will have a blast lots of cool sites pretty birds great art to see on display at different times of the year you must go!!!

Thank LaRue727

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