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Allan Gardens Conservatory, Toronto

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Stroll through Allan Gardens Conservatory, a historical set of buildings and gardens filled with exotic and native plant life. The centerpiece glass and cast-iron conservatory dates from 1910 and houses a collection of tall banana plants, bamboos, and screw pines. Four other greenhouses display differing collections of plants from across the world, including an impressive range of cacti and succulents, orchids and bromeliads, cypresses and citruses. A playground offers pleasant diversion for younger visitors, while outdoor seasonal flower shows keep the gardens blooming and lush throughout the year. Work out when and for how long to visit Allan Gardens Conservatory and other Toronto attractions using our handy Toronto itinerary builder.
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  • The gardens on the outside were pretty but we were pretty shocked when we entered the conservatory. It was a lot bigger than we expected it to be and it was filled with beautiful plants and flowers. W...  more »
  • Allan Gardens is a conservatory located just off Jarvis street, between Carlton and Gerrard, a few minutes walk east of Yonge Street. It is a pleasant and surprising oasis in the heart of busy downtow...  more »
  • Ahhhh the smell of Allan gardens, what a beautiful little oasis in the heart of Toronto. The first room is absolutely marvelous and brings me right back to my childhood the first time my dad took me. ...  more »
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  • Allan Gardens is like an urban sanctuary for me. You would have to be the worst photographer in the world to not get a good shot. I see people complaining about the cast of characters in the surrounding park: they are part of the experience. They don't bother anybody and it is *ahem* a PUBLIC park. I most recently went with some other moms and our children. The overzealous Viking-sized horticulturalist staffed there needs to take a chill pill or 10. She tried ordering a 5-year old out of the (take note) Allan Gardens CHILDREN'S CONSERVATORY for climbing on the railing. She was just generally disgruntled and giving attitude to everyone. There is an amazing play area for kids in the back where older kids can test their strength on some of the structures and younger kids can have fun making mud pies in the sandbox.
  • I love to visit during the dark winter months. You can just sit in here for free and enjoy being surrounded by the life in the greenhouse, ignoring the cold outside and reminding yourself what plants look like. Equally nice in the spring and summer when you're in a good mood and just want to take pictures of pretty flowers.
  • Absolutely beautiful if you're into plants!! It wasn't too busy when we went so it was nice. It's free to go in which is amazing. I just love it here. Very beautiful and calming!
  • Nice park, however it is always very busy. Most kids who go there are under seven or eight. My daughter is 10 and she loves the park, but she prefers to come at off peak times so that she can actually use the playground equipment. The younger children tend to be all over the place and parental supervision usually isn't very good.
  • The botanical garden is great. Really need to do something about the people surrounding it though. Definitely not safe at night. And the dog park is very touch and go, most dog owners and dogs are great but there are a few owners that come jacked on drugs or alcohol and act a little erratic. Do not recommend for shy or timid dogs or those in training for reactivity.