Volunteer Park Conservatory, Seattle

4.6
#12 of 35 in Parks in Seattle
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. Use our Seattle day trip planning app to visit Volunteer Park Conservatory on your trip to Seattle, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Glorious gardens in Seattle in the Capitol Hill area near Volunteer Park. The Northwest is famous for the weather supporting these fabulous gardens.  more »
  • There are lots of orchids, succulents and cactus here. It feels like visiting a spa for plants. The architecture of the building is unique. It feels like it belongs in a older century. A great value f...  more »
  • The Conservatory located in Volunteer Park is a small but great place to visit. I love going on days that are cold or rainy during the winter. You step out of the weather and into a plant wonderland. ...  more »
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  • This place is so cool to come to in winter. Snow on the ground, tropical inside. The people here do a wonderful job of balancing the indoor space with he outdoor space. I like that the building is small, but it it's still there with a very neat display of many plants we just don't get to know about on a regular day. The seasonal display is very cool, this time it's the Christmas train! Thanks to all who make this happen!
  • Great little conservatory that has a surprising amounts and variety of plants packed into its layout. Parking isn't a problem and it generally doesn't seem to be too packed with other people to the point where you might feel rushed. At the time I went they have a cactus and succulent, palm, fern, and bromeliad room. Adult prices are 4 dollars for a day pass. Enjoy this wonderful experience on a cold and rainy day, because inside the conservatory it's nice and warm!
  • The Volunteer Conservatory is a affordable retreat from Seattle's gloomy weather. Wether you'd like to dry out in the Cactus Room, warm up in the Fern House or see something new in the Seasonal Room there is something that will fit your mood. Rotating exhibitions make this a destination to visit again and again. After spending time in here, you are guaranteed to feel relaxed and rejuvenated. A great first date spot or place to take visiting guests!
  • Absolutely love this conservatory! It's always wonderfully maintained and operated by the kindest people. I highly recommend it on a rainy day, since the 70 degree temperature inside is a welcome change to a Seattle winter. Admission is free on the first Wednesday and Saturday of the month, which is another amazing perk!
  • A cute observatory with colourful flowers and nice succulents. I went on a weekend with free admission, though regular admission is around $4.
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