There are few things more wonderful than spending an afternoon strolling through the beauty of a botanical garden. The smell of the flowers, the bursts of every color, the hum of the birds and the bees, can you think of anything more relaxing?
We didn’t think so!
Luckily, there are a number of botanical gardens all of the country that are the perfect spots to visit if you’re on vacation in a new city, or simply looking for something new and different to do in your own local area.
Here, we highlight beautiful botanical gardens that must be on your list the next time you’re planning a vacation.
Brooklyn Botanic Gardens
While New York City isn’t the first place that springs to mind when you think of flowers, you will be sorely disappointed to not hit up the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens next time you are in the area. Don’t miss out on the nature walks, local exhibits, and children’s discovery stations while you’re there.
Chicago Botanic Gardens
Another big city with a beautiful botanical garden is Chicago. When you’re in the windy city, you certainly don’t want to miss out on this gem that offers concert series, book talks and discussions, canoeing adventures, children’s festivals, and even wine tastings. The Chicago Botanic Gardens has it all.
Denver Botanic Gardens
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The Mile High City has a lot more to offer than amazing breweries and mountain vistas. The Denver Botanic Garden is a must see to add to your list. The gardens offer a number of events and activities for people of all ages like a summer concert series, children’s festivals, art exhibitions, and educational programs for kids and adults.
Na ‘Aina Kai Botanical Gardens
It’s hard to imagine the flora in Hawaii not to be beautiful, but you can find some of the best of it at the Na ‘Aina Kai Botanical Gardens on the island of Kauaʻi. The land features more than just the garden itself, as it’s also a sculpture park and a hardwood plantation as well.
Missouri Botanical Gardens
As one of the oldest in the country, the Missouri Botanical Gardens has been around inspiring visitors since 1859. It’s also a National Historic Landmark as well. Visitors can enjoy this gem just outside of St. Louis and take in it’s extended summer hours, culture nights, and rotating exhibitions.
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
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In the lush landscape around Coral Gables, Florida you’ll find the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. With over 80 acres dedicated to highlighting diverse flora like palms and cycads, it’s a garden you can certainly enjoy all year round. They also offer a number of art, education, and conservation programs as well.
Balboa Park Botanical Building
Balboa Park is not only famous in San Diego, California, it’s also one of the most visited (and photographed) spots on the entire West Coast. The highlight of the park has to be the Balboa Park Botanical Building, first built for the World’s Fair over 100 years ago. You’ll find thousands of permanent plants, a lily pond and lagoon, and it’s free to visitors.
What’s your favorite botanical garden?