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Volunteer Park

Park and Playground
Capitol Hill, Seattle
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  • Jordan W.
    "Visit the conservatory, or play frisbee by the art museum."(9 Tips)
    S. Z.
    "One of my favorite parks in Seattle."(3 Tips)
    ELS Language Centers
    "Home to the Seattle Asian Art Museum and Conservatory"(5 Tips)
    Akvile
    "... legs as you climb the historic water tower and be rewarded with a beautiful 360 view..."(2 Tips)
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  • 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.
    Upvoted Sep 22
  • James O.
    James OttSeptember 26
    Don't miss Shakespeare in the park!! Wonderful place to just relax and enjoy. Be sure to see the Asian museum and the arboretum.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Vivian Z.
    Vivian ZhangSeptember 9
    The tree lined paths are very comforting. Lots of joggers, if you're looking for motivation :)
  • 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.
  • chronomex a.
    chronomex astridSeptember 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    This park has central Seattle's biggest and best collection of trees to sit against while reading.
  • 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).
  • Duane B.
    Duane BrownNovember 13, 2015
    A must walk park in Seattle. Great views of Space needle from Water tower.
  • A. M.
    A. M.January 21, 2013
    Go there on a sunny day and enjoy the Sun, trees and green grass :)
  • 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
  • Denise F.
    Denise FFebruary 16
    Nice Park to walk, with a museum and large area.
  • Sean C.
    Sean ColeJuly 30
    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.
    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
    Been here 100+ times
    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
    Check out the conservatory and Asian Art Museum!
  • ELS Language Centers
    Home to the Seattle Asian Art Museum and Conservatory
  • Eppy T.
    Eppy ThatcherJune 15, 2015
    Been here 100+ times
    The best LARP watching this side of Seattle
  • Tela A.
    Tela AndrewsJuly 5, 2013
    Bring a water gun. For self-defense if nothing else
  • Curtis J.
    Curtis J.July 31
    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!
  • Nick S.
    Nick StanzioneAugust 9, 2015
    Climb the water tower for panoramic views
  • D P.
    D PJanuary 24, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    For a serene moment go to the Conservatory
  • Michael B.
    Michael BaltierraApril 14, 2014
    Very cool place for a lazy afternoon
  • Eppy T.
    Eppy ThatcherAugust 6, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Theater rehearsals in the park Sunday afternoons.
  • Eppy T.
    Eppy ThatcherAugust 6, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Sunbathing super spot!
  • MeeHee
    MeeHeeMarch 2, 2014
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  • Simon F.
    Simon FraserSeptember 29, 2015
    Lovely place to sit and eat.
  • Jennifer L.
    Jennifer LymanSeptember 17, 2009
    walk around the neighborhoods surrounding the park, especially in spring. great houses and gardens
  • Eppy T.
    Eppy ThatcherJune 13, 2015
    Been here 100+ times
    Enjoy the baby ducklings while you can.... *ominous music*
  • Eppy T.
    Eppy ThatcherAugust 17, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    More shady spots on the east side. Shady=not sketchy
  • Greg M.
    Greg MartinezSeptember 13
    Been here 5+ times
    Best park in seattle
  • Eppy T.
    Eppy ThatcherOctober 14, 2015
    Been here 100+ times
    Halloween at the conservatory is a blast
  • Carinna T.
    Carinna TarvinSeptember 26, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Go find the carniverous plants in the conservatory, and then soothe your frightened spirit by looking at the orchids.
  • Eppy T.
    Eppy ThatcherSeptember 2, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Catch an otter, win a free pelt.
  • Henok K.
    Henok KidaneOctober 5, 2014
    Really good for stargazing on clear nights.
  • Patrick V.
    Patrick ValenzuelaDecember 22, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Look at the Space Needle through "Black Sun" http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Sun_(sculpture)
  • Mary S.
    Mary SAugust 23, 2014
    Giant trees and picnics
  • Gordon W.
    Gordon WernerSeptember 4, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Named in honor for those who served in the Spanish - American war
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