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Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

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Address: 183 Gore Creek Drive, Vail, CO 81657
Phone Number: 970-476-0103
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Description: This beautiful alpine botanical garden, located at the foot of Vail...
This beautiful alpine botanical garden, located at the foot of Vail Mountain, is open to the public.
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Nature Lover

There is a playground next door for families. The garden is peaceful...and free to enter. No vehicles, so it's nice and quiet.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
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Denton, Texas
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Denton, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

There is a playground next door for families. The garden is peaceful...and free to enter. No vehicles, so it's nice and quiet.

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Olathe, Ks
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

This is a hidden gem. A free city bus will get you just a short walk from the entrance. There are several levels to the garden, so while not strenuous, it may still be challenging for some. This is not your usual garden because it features alpine flowers from all over the world which was something I was unfamiliar with.

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Oklahoma
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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

We visited in May. Only disappointment was the weather was unusually rainy and cool so many plants and flowers weren't yet blooming. Still a very beautiful garden and very well laid out. Would recommend you visit if in the Vail area.

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Portland, Oregon
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31 reviews 31 reviews
28 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Due to village construction, we were advised that access to the gardens is limited. We parked at Gerald Ford Park, wandered down the steps by the tennis courts and past the outdoor amphitheater to reach the alpine gardens. Stone pathways circle beds being planted and groomed for summer bloom. Not all water features activated yet for the season. The on-site... More 

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Columbia, Missouri
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

The garden was not quite fully open and the store at the beginning of the garden was just getting set up to be open. The flowers that where blooming where very pretty and well marked. We especially enjoyed the different areas highlighting flowers from different alpine regions from around the world. The playground to the north was a great break... More 

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Vail
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The flowers are beautiful. The water features add to this very tranquil setting. This is a great place for the family. There is a giant park with the best jungle gym for kids right next to the gardens. Take a picnic and enjoy!

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Woodstock, NY, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

This gift shop has a really nice selection of locally-made jewelry, personal accessories, candles, super plush stuffed animals for the little ones, among other items. It was a welcome relief from all the Vail-logo and high-end shops that seem to dominate the village.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

These gardens are well maintained an landscaped. Specimens are well marked and beautifully presented.

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Breckenridge, Colorado
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70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Vail has done an excellent job with the gardens. So many flowers and well planned out. Easy to get to. Great fun for everyone

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Gainesville, Florida
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179 reviews 179 reviews
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85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

What a gem awaited us when we happened upon this outdoor treasure. Somehow, I wasn't expecting a beautiful, natural style garden that greeted us in Vail (summertime.). The plants were well tended and beautiful, and the serene atmosphere was a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the downtown tourist area. Tip #1 take your time, it is not.a... More 

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