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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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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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Absolutely Breathtaking!

What a great place to go. All the flowers so beautiful. The grounds were amazing! The kids area to play in was so nice with bridges and waterfalls throughout. Very nice walk... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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Whittier, California
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Whittier, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

What a great place to go. All the flowers so beautiful. The grounds were amazing! The kids area to play in was so nice with bridges and waterfalls throughout. Very nice walk from hotel.

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New Brunswick, NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

The gardens are absolutely beautiful and in an idyllic setting in the park, right next to the Ford theater. We rented bikes in the Village and rode to the park. We went to the amazing playground (with the cleanest and nicest public bathrooms I have ever seen), and then to the gardens. The flowers and plants, water features and benches... More 

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Newport Beach
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Worth visiting and especially in the morning. A truly peaceful and beautiful place. There are fantastic play areas for kids nearby.

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wichita
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

The whole Ford complex, including the Betty Ford Garden, is a great experience in Vail. The garden is very pleasant, a serene place to walk (unless you get toward the north end which is close to the busy interstate highway), many shady niches to sit and relax, but also a demonstration garden for Alpine plants to provide lots of ideas... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

A piece of Heaven! What a beautiful, serene and peaceful garden. just stroll at your pace and take in all the flowers, trees and water features.

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Savannah, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We visited Vail in September and did a walking tour on our own. We ended at these Gardens and they were lovely. We even saw a fox on the lawn. Hardly anyone there. It was very peaceful. Don't miss it!

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Needham, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Lots of pretty flowers in this alpine garden. You can wander around and see them. Small boxes are hidden under some of the benches with hand stamps for the kids. They just completed a new educational center which is small but nicely done. More activities for the kids- ask a naturalist, draw an animal tracing, color an animal or flower... More 

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Scottsdale, AZ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Loved the walk so much we did it twice on our trip! So peaceful and serene. The staff working at the center and the gift shop were so friendly and helpful. I was able to take some wonderful photos. I would highly recommend visiting the Alpine Gardens.

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

These modest sized outdoor gardens focus on plantlife from around the world that grows at high elevations. You will see plants here that you will not see in any other US location. The gardens are nicely laid out and maintained. We found it well worth a half hour to wander through. We left a modest donation as we left, but... More 

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

I visit annually and it only gets more beautiful every year. A lovely, peaceful place to visit. Walk around, sit on a bench, enjoy the view.

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