Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Pittsburgh

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Explore 17 different plant exhibits at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, which is considered one of the greenest facilities in the world. In 1983, mogul Henry Phipps gave these grounds to the city of Pittsburgh with the purpose of introducing exotic plant life and formal gardens to the public. The gardens, along with the glass and metal greenhouse structures, have continued to amaze visitors throughout the years. The gardens are now on the National Register of Historic Places ,and the facility has been honored and celebrated for its sustainability. Our Pittsburgh attractions app makes visiting Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and other Pittsburgh attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Imagine, if you will. a maze of interlocking greenhouses themselves set in a large park, with displays of plants beneath or within glassworks made by Dale Chihuly as well as recreations of some of... 
    Imagine, if you will. a maze of interlocking greenhouses themselves set in a large park, with displays of plants beneath or within glassworks made by Dale Chihuly as well as recreations of some of...  more »
  • We visit from out of town and loved this place. It has an outstanding collection of plats, flowers, trees, etc. We will definitely return. 
    We visit from out of town and loved this place. It has an outstanding collection of plats, flowers, trees, etc. We will definitely return.  more »
  • The gardens are well thought out and include much detail. There is a variety of plants. It was a rainy when I went, and there was still plenty to see without getting wet. They had a Monet theme... 
    The gardens are well thought out and include much detail. There is a variety of plants. It was a rainy when I went, and there was still plenty to see without getting wet. They had a Monet theme...  more »
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  • We come to Phipps for their excellent flower shows at least twice per year. This magnificent and historical building is well cared for and the plants and flowers are beautifully arranged and maintained. Handicap/disabled accommodations are very good, and there are lockers for storing coats and bags near the restrooms in the main lobby. The gift shop is impressive and prices are affordable. Save 10% with your conservatory membership. The Spring and Holiday exhibits are among the best shows, especially the night lights in Nov-Dec. Overall, this is must visit destination for plant lovers while in Pittsburgh.
  • Very cool botanical garden. Personally, I'm not too big on the flowers but my girlfriend and her grandma loved it. Especially the Desert Room. Not too bad of a value and there are plenty of different areas with different themes. The Monet exhibit is pretty neat as well. I was moderately entertained and it's more than I was expecting. I realize not everything is made for someone with my tastes, so if this is your kinda thing, I absolutely recommend.
  • We come at least once per season and we've never been let down - it's a must-see for Pittsburgh! We also hosted our wedding here, and it was amazing. Phipps is obviously gorgeous on its own, and the staff for planning our wedding was exceptional. We worked with David for catering and Caroline for coordination, and both were knowledgeable and made the process easy. The folks who helped setup and serve food at the wedding were also very nice and professional. Thank you all!
  • I'm a Pittsburgh native, and we made our first trip to Phipps with our 2 and 4 year old today. What a wonderful gem of a place. We stopped in during a Monet event, and spent a few hours enjoying the various rooms and displays. It is hot, so bring something to drink (or stop by the cafe and grab a tea, coffee or beer). The butterfly room is really cool, so make sure you have your camera ready. There is also an outdoor kids play space, complete with leafy tunnels, watering cans, magnifying glasses, musical instruments, and places to climb and jump. Don't skip this if you are in town looking for something to do. There are plenty of family-friendly and adult-only type events as well.
  • We're members and go throughout the year to see the frequently changing displays. It's a great place to visit with all ages. Our seasonal favorites are the holiday lights, butterfly room and outdoor children's play area. With free parking out front we definitely get our money's worth for our membership. Sometimes we stop in when we're in Oakland just to enjoy the relaxing atmosphere. That said, weekdays are way less crowded and we like to bring sketchbooks and plop on the benches throughout and draw, especially in winter months. Staff there is super friendly and helpful and the restaurant is fantastic. Their cooking classes are wonderful and, we haven't yet tried them, but they offer classes on plants, various art techniques and much more. There are classes for kids and adults alike. Discounts are offered to members.

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