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Volunteer Park

Park and Playground
Capitol Hill, Seattle
  • Jordan W.
    "Visit the conservatory, or play frisbee by the art museum."(12 Tips)
    S. Z.
    "One of my favorite parks in Seattle."(3 Tips)
    ELS Language Centers
    "Home to the Seattle Asian Art Museum and Conservatory"(3 Tips)
    "... legs as you climb the historic water tower and be rewarded with a beautiful 360 view..."(2 Tips)
71 Tips and reviews
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  • James O.
    James OttSeptember 26, 2016
    Don't miss Shakespeare in the park!! Wonderful place to just relax and enjoy. Be sure to see the Asian museum and the arboretum.
  • S. Z.
    S. ZornJanuary 28, 2015
    One of my favorite parks in Seattle. Beautiful panoramic views of the city from the tower. Located by the reservoir, greenhouse, and museum. Nicely maintained and lots of activities.
  • Anthony S.
    Anthony SantosAugust 30, 2015
    The reservoir is good for hanging out and picnics. The water tower offers a great view.
  • Jordyn
    JordynJune 18, 2017
    Beautiful park in the middle of the city. Visit the conservatory for beautiful plants, and climb the watertower for the best view.
  • Emelia H.
    Emelia HeckJuly 5, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't believe what others may have told you.. You CAN'T watch 4th of July fireworks from the donut statue at the park. The fireworks don't really clear the trees. You CAN however see a lovely sunset.
  • Kristenelle
    KristenelleJune 4, 2017
    One of Seattle's best parks, right in Capitol Hill. While you're there, visit the Seattle Asian Art Museum or the Conservatory.
  • ドーラ
    ドーラSeptember 30, 2011
    This park is home to one of Seattle's best views, a historic water tower, a conservatory built in 1912, and Seattle Asian Art Museum.
  • Throw like a GRL
    Throw like a GRLJanuary 23, 2017
    You can see the entire park at the top of the observatory! Also pretty flower conservatory you can walk through.
  • Mollie
    MollieJune 14, 2017
    Good place for a sunny picnic and tennis courts. Walking distance to cafes, bars, and shops as well.
  • Daniel P.
    Daniel PlemmonsSeptember 1, 2017
    The walk up to the top of the tower is worth it. The tight staircase is super cool.
  • Vivian Z.
    Vivian ZhangSeptember 9, 2016
    The tree lined paths are very comforting. Lots of joggers, if you're looking for motivation :)
  • Karrie K.
    Karrie KohlhaasApril 17, 2010
    On a cold day, go into the Conservatory and check out the cacti and orchids. On a clear day wind your way up to the top of the Water Tower and catch the 360 view.
  • Akvile
    AkvileMarch 28, 2011
    Feel the burn in your legs as you climb the historic water tower and be rewarded with a beautiful 360 view of Seattle!
  • Kristen/KIKI H.
    Kristen/KIKI HollandNovember 29, 2013
    Don't go when the weather is predicting a beautiful sunny day!! Always go when the Weatherman says it's going to rain ! Lo
  • Stephen E.
    Stephen ElliottApril 14, 2014
    If the weather's nice, expect tattooed shirtless guys balancing on slack lines behind the museum.
  • Sam G.
    Sam GrossbergJuly 31, 2014
    Climb to the top of the tower on a clear day. Or run up and down the stairs several times for a good workout.
  • Duane B.
    Duane BrownNovember 13, 2015
    A must walk park in Seattle. Great views of Space needle from Water tower.
  • Katy B.
    Katy BApril 1, 2010
    If you run your dog there and forget his water bottle, handy tip: check the south border, near prospect and 11th. There youll find a building's outdoor hose which is handily(!) unlocked
  • Caitlyn S.
    Caitlyn StarkAugust 25, 2011
    Enjoy the strange juxtaposition of life (kids playing at the playground) and death (the cemetery right through the chain link fence).
  • A. M.
    A. M.January 21, 2013
    Go there on a sunny day and enjoy the Sun, trees and green grass :)
  • Eppy T.
    Eppy ThatcherJune 15, 2015
    The best LARP watching this side of Seattle
  • Denise F.
    Denise FFebruary 16, 2016
    Nice Park to walk, with a museum and large area.
  • Sean C.
    Sean ColeJuly 30, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place for a walk or if you wanna right in your journal!
  • Melody M.
    Melody ManwaringJuly 8, 2013
    Beautiful park. Can't wait to explore it more thoroughly.
  • Andreas K.
    Andreas KleinerMay 13, 2016
    Get your blankets out, bring some box wine or beer and don't forget your grill.
  • Mouni R.
    Mouni ReddyNovember 11, 2015
    One of the nicest parks in the middle of the city.
  • Derek G.
    Derek GagnierFebruary 25, 2013
    Up in the tower now. Very cool and fab views!! Thanks for the tip.
  • Gordon W.
    Gordon WernerSeptember 3, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Asian Art Museum & The Volunteer Park Conservatory are closed on Mondays
  • Eppy T.
    Eppy ThatcherMay 3, 2016
    Pretty sure it's a requirement to eat potato chips here on a sunny day.
  • travis j.
    travis jhakeOctober 10, 2013
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  • Derek G.
    Derek GagnierFebruary 25, 2013
    So beautiful here. Last time here was Mark and me 15 years ago!!
  • Alice H.
    Alice HuangFebruary 1, 2016
    Check out the conservatory and Asian Art Museum!
  • Eppy T.
    Eppy ThatcherSeptember 2, 2013
    Catch an otter, win a free pelt.
  • ELS Language Centers
    Home to the Seattle Asian Art Museum and Conservatory
  • Nick S.
    Nick StanzioneAugust 9, 2015
    Climb the water tower for panoramic views
  • Curtis J.
    Curtis J.July 31, 2016
    Be careful when wandering around after dark
  • Peter K.
    Peter KretzmanJuly 26, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    check out the wooden sculpted owl sitting in the tree just to the south side of the fish pond near the black doughnut!
  • Tela A.
    Tela AndrewsJuly 5, 2013
    Bring a water gun. For self-defense if nothing else
  • Michael B.
    Michael BaltierraApril 14, 2014
    Very cool place for a lazy afternoon
  • D P.
    D PJanuary 24, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    For a serene moment go to the Conservatory
  • Eppy T.
    Eppy ThatcherAugust 6, 2014
    Theater rehearsals in the park Sunday afternoons.
  • Simon F.
    Simon FraserSeptember 29, 2015
    Lovely place to sit and eat.
  • Eppy T.
    Eppy ThatcherAugust 6, 2014
    Sunbathing super spot!
  • MeeHee
    MeeHeeMarch 2, 2014
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  • Eppy T.
    Eppy ThatcherJune 13, 2015
    Enjoy the baby ducklings while you can.... *ominous music*
  • Greg M.
    Greg MartinezSeptember 13, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Best park in seattle
  • Jennifer L.
    Jennifer LymanSeptember 17, 2009
    walk around the neighborhoods surrounding the park, especially in spring. great houses and gardens
  • Eppy T.
    Eppy ThatcherAugust 17, 2014
    More shady spots on the east side. Shady=not sketchy
  • Henok K.
    Henok KidaneOctober 5, 2014
    Really good for stargazing on clear nights.
  • Mary S.
    Mary SAugust 23, 2014
    Giant trees and picnics
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