Volunteer Park Conservatory, Seattle

4.6
#13 of 48 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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  • For $4 admission, this place is great. However, we attended the valentines day event at night and completely regretted wasting our time and money. For $30, you get one plastic cup of your drink choice and admission waived. The "featured cocktail" tasted like fruit water, with strawberries and mint. The bottle of red wine they were serving could be bought for $15 at the store! This is supposed to be worth $30?? We were in and out in half an hour and went to a nearby restaurant instead. I have attended many wine and garden events here in Seattle and this was hands-down the worst one. The host wasn't even ready to start serving the "cocktails" until 20 minutes after the start time. The plants are a sight, especially the cactus room. It would no doubt be more beautiful in the daylight but there was little light when we went. I would advise to just go during the day and avoid paying too much for an event hosted here.
  • 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!
  • It’s not free anymore and for some reason that spoils it for me. Maybe I’ll get over it. The cactus room is a total trip for a Seattleite. The ponds are dreamy. The room with antler air plants hosts a music maker. The orchids are mind-blowing cause that is what orchids do. Even behind bars. But my favorite is the zen garden area. Bring your sketchbook or a thermos of tea and enjoy.
  • 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!
  • It was beautiful. The flowers were gorgeous. The water tower had an amazing view
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