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Garvan Woodland Gardens

550 Arkridge Road, Hot Springs, AR 71913
501-262-9300
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Ranked #1 of 39 attractions in Hot Springs
Type: Gardens
Owner description: Garvan Woodland Gardens, the University of Arkansas' 210 acre botanical garden, is one of eight public, woodland gardens in the country and the only... more » Owner description: Garvan Woodland Gardens, the University of Arkansas' 210 acre botanical garden, is one of eight public, woodland gardens in the country and the only one located on a body of water. The Asian garden is ranked as the fifth best in North America, and in 2012 Garvan Woodland Gardens was named as one of the Top Five Most Spectacular Gardens In America. Over five miles of trails, unique bridges, waterfalls, a Children's Adventure Garden, and architectural wonder Anthony Chapel wedding complex are some of the highlights. View brilliant blooms year-round and one of the state's most elaborate outdoor holiday lights displays with over 4 million lights from mid-November through December; special night time hours. Open every day from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission: $10 adults, $5 ages 6-12, free ages 5 and under. Golf cart rides available on a first come first served basis for additional $10 per person. Chipmunk Cafe open 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. daily. Pet friendly and many ADA accessible trails. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

Beautiful location, wonderful place to walk around. Would highly recommend a visit especially if you enjoy nature and don't mind walking a rolling hilly area. There are areas that are wheelchair accessible and they have golf carts that volunteers will drive you around most of the area

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Garvan Gardens turned out to be not just a beautiful botanical garden but an incredible experience as well. It is by far my most favorite garden. In the past, Bellingrath gardens in Alabama was my favorite, but it now can't hold a candle to Garvan Gardens.

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Cleveland, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

This is a beautiful garden to walk through. There were man made bridges and waterfalls and glass figures. Lots of opportunities for photographers. Everyone should add this to their itinerary. It's well worth the entrance fee.

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Hot Springs, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

I have visited the gardens in the spring to see the tulips and in December to see the lights. I have never been disappointed.

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Hot Springs, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

We have watched this botanical garden set on a peninsula on Lake Hamilton develop over the past decade or so. It features Japanese style gardens, formal plantings, extensive rock work and water features including waterfalls and lakes, wildflower meadow, natural bird reserve, and children's garden (and kids usually enjoy the model railroad display run by the local model railroad club).... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This is beautiful at any time of the year. Very large grounds with MANY photo opportunities. I could go on and on, but this is definitely a must see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I took my grandchildren there on a beautiful Sunday morning. We spent about 4 hours exploring around the whole gardens. The peacocks were beautiful and were really strutting around giving all the visitors a show. The place is awesome. They have a children's rock area; so well done it was hard to leave. I would recommend it to any body... More

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Hot Springs, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Whichever month you visit, you will find beauty beyond description at Garvan. The tulips are magnificent, and in December the holiday lights display is unparalleled. There is even a golf cart to take handicapped people around the beautiful gardens. There are bridges, waterfalls, paved and unpaved paths, and even an all-natural playground for children to climb on logs, trees, etc.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Great gardens Beautifuly laid out A must see in the Spring and Fall as well as Christmas Bring your friends and entire family Well worth the effort

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW via mobile

The Garvan Woodland Gardens were the highlight of our stay in Hot Springs. The most beautiful grounds and trails. We visited at the beginning of April and the tulips were breathtaking. I don't think there is a bad time of year to visit this place. It is going to be gorgeous no matter what! It is a "must see and... More

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