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Volunteer Park Conservatory, Seattle
(4.7/5 based on 340+ reviews on the web)
Explore greenhouses with environments ranging from jungle to desert when you visit Volunteer Park Conservatory. You'll tour five houses, each representing their own distinct environment. Walk through the bromeliads house to see an array of plants that attach themselves to surfaces like rocks or branches. Head to the fern house to see all types of ferns and carnivorous plants, like the Venus fly trap. Tropical plants reign at the palms house and the opposite is true at the cacti and succulent house, which promotes desert plant life. Don't miss the seasonal house, which rotates the plants it features based on the time of year. Plan to visit Volunteer Park Conservatory and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Seattle attractions using our Seattle family vacation planner.
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  • The conservatory is locate on the grounds of a beautiful park, and it houses a beautiful collection of orchids and other tropical plants, as well as seasonal blooms. The Cacti and Succulents display i...  more »
  • This small conservatory has the finest indoor cactus collection I’ve ever seen. The plants were from a large variety of families and well identified. A specially treat was the number that were in bloo...  more »
  • Absolutely gorgeous. The conservatory hosts an impressive collection, and the surrounding park is just magnificent. Take a walk and feel yourself unwind. Truly a spot of beauty. 
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  • Volunteer Park has a little bit of everything for everyone. It has the Seattle Asian Art Museum - a nice in-the-round museum celebrating the Asian cultures from textiles, sculptures, paintings and jewelry; a nice loop that a brief stop within the park. There are also numerous vistas - one being a great brick-surrounded water tank you can spiral-staircase it up to the top with great views. And throughout, there are many places to sit, play Frisbee, and in general get up and walk about with tree-lined avenues and open green spaces. Also, nearby, is the Lake View Cemetery where Bruce and Brandon Lee are buried; you have to go out of Volunteer park and down 15th Ave to get there - it's worth it as it's a beautiful, peaceful cemetery.
  • Serenity in the midst of the chaos of Cap Hill. Unlike Cal Anderson, Volunteer Park is nestled in a beautiful (and expensive) neighborhood. It's widely used by "sane" people who want to play Frisbee, take their children to the playground/wading pool, or watch the random plays/music at Stimson Auditorium, or take in the Asian Art Museum. There is something for everyone. It's a beautiful park worthy of your precious time. Don't waste it, visit it now.
  • Easily one of the best parks in Capitol Hill. There are beautiful views of downtown Seattle, incredibly walking/running paths, cool hangout places.
  • Beautiful park! Highly recommend a visit to the conservatory which houses unique plants and flowers and up the historic water tower for a nice view of Seattle.
  • A beautiful oasis on top of Capital Hill with stunning views of the city from the observation deck of the castle-like water tower. Home of the beautiful art-deco Seattle Art Museum Asian Art Exhibit. Views of the Space Needle looking over the water of the reservoir from a platform with the sculpture "Black Sun" by Noguchi. Home of the Seattle Conservatory, a beautiful expansive victorian greenhouse with 5 different climate zones for their large collection of plants, including a dry cactus-succulent room, a bromeliad room, a tropical orchid room, a seasonal room and a rain-forest like environment for ferns and tropicals. A large historical statue of William Henry Seward is in front of the conservatory at the end of a long lane of century-old trees. It also has a large sunny lawn in front of a band shell that is popular for sunning and picnicking in summer. There is also a dalhia display garden with hundreds of dahlia specimens every summer. In summer the childrens wading pool is very popular. The two duck ponds with waterlilies and iris are full of goldfish and usually a few ducks. There is also a quiet alcove with a marble-carved memorial monument for one of the founders of Seattle that is probably 100 years old. The park is one of the jewels of Seattle, and greatly enjoyed by nearby residents and many visitors year-round.