Exploring Volunteer Park

Home to the Seattle Asian Art Museum, the historic water tower, an outstanding conservatory, two reflecting pools, a reservoir, and acres of land filled with grass, trees, and a variety of flowers and plants, Volunteer Park is one of Seattle's most beloved recreational areas. Pictured above is the water tower, and what cannot be seen in the photo is the hidden path leading to the tower's entrance. Once inside, visitors can mount the staircase which leads up to the tower's observation deck. The deck offers 360 degree views of Seattle and surrounding areas.
Situated between the Seattle Asian Art Museum and the reservoir are two reflecting pools where large goldfish swim beneath lilypads and water flowers.
Built in 1912, the Volunteer Park Conservatory houses more than 600 varieties of flowers, according to the city's website. The conservatory is situated on the north end of the park and is free to the public.
The Seattle Asian Art Museum, or SAAM, sits near the eastern entrance to the park. It houses rotating collections of Asian art from various countries and time periods. Admission to the museum is $7.00 for adults, but is free to the public on the first Thursday of each month. Volunteer Park was developed by the city just before the turn of the century. It spans 48 acres and is located in northern Capitol Hill. It is accessible via the 10 bus.

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