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Allan Gardens Conservatory, Toronto

4.5
#8 of 55 in Parks in Toronto
Garden Nature / Park
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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  • After reading some of the so-so reviews of this place, I was slightly hesitant about visiting it. So glad we did! The conservatory is magnificent and all of the beautiful plantings were fun to explore...  more »
  • Great day activity, especially with a family. The park has two dog parks and a fantastic outdoor play centre for the kids. Lovely collection of flora. A nice retreat escape. Close to Yonge and College...  more »
  • The greenhouse was wonderful but the grounds around it were somewhat disappointing...I was expecting them to be spectacular and they really weren't...it was a nice hour spent...  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.
  • 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!
  • I feel that Toronto should have more of this type of places. Great place for wedding photo (although you need a permit). Also a relaxing place to escape away from the fast pace DT environment. Only down side is because this place is like a greenhouse, it is quite warm and humid on hot days.
  • 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.
  • There is a very special place in this park where a big bush of lilac is blooming in Mai and June. You can sit and enjoy the amazing scent of this flower. I love going there for a walk. Recently we even spotted an eagel there 🤗

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