When I travel, I will often look up a few places to visit prior to leaving the comfort of my own home. Not many, not enough to make a full travel itinerary, but enough that, once I get to that place, I can explore beyond that space and really get into the meat of traveling.
Volunteer Park was one of the places that I knew I needed to visit before we even entered the state of Washington. And visiting the space on my birthday seemed like the perfect way to spend a trip intended for such celebrations.
It’s this little haven of open park space in Capitol Hill that was originally meant to become a cemetery. The northern section of the park is a cemetery now, and the rest of the land is park area. And this isn’t just your typical neighborhood park. No, Volunteer Park boasts an art museum, a water tower with an observation deck on top, running paths snaking throughout, and the Volunteer Park Conservatory.
Literally from the moment we entered the park, there were dogs everywhere. Including a big lab who ran up to us with a stick. Nobody will be surprised to note that I started playing with him, shaking my head and making noises and being generally ridiculous. Dog person status: established.
First structure we spotted was the watertower, so of course we walked up! The stairs were old and metal and kind of rusty but sometimes going up the probably really creepy stairs can lead to amazing adventures. And boy were we right. The views up top were magnificent!
Volunteer Park Conservatory
Back down the tower and straight to the conservatory we went! This space has inspired many a blogger’s shoot. Even while we were there, a group of cosplayers was doing an awesome shoot! For $4, you can access a beautiful conservatory filled with loads of different kinds of plants. I, as well as basically every blogger ever, am a huge fan of succulents so we spent a ton of time in the cacti and succulent room. With the sheer amount of amazing plants to enjoy, we took far too many photos. If you keep an eye on the Levine-Moore Photo instagram, you’ll be able to spot tons of the flora shots we took.
After exploring in there for what felt like hours, we made our way back out into the park and just walked around, enjoying the sunshine, dogspotting, and simply enjoying the beautiful day. For such a simple place, it really was one of the highlights of Seattle for me! Who knows, maybe we’ll even end up there in the near future with Zoe and Tonks in tow.