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Washington Park Botanical Gardens

Address: 2500 South Eleventh Street, P.O. Box 5052, Springfield, IL 62705
Phone Number: 217-544-1751
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Ranked #14 of 29 Attractions in Springfield
Type: Gardens, Outdoors
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Owner description: Garden consisting of 9,000 square feet of greenhouse area and a conservatory featuring more than 150 species of tropical plants.

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Springfield, Illinois
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79 reviews 79 reviews
35 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Washington Park is a great place to walk, play on playgrounds, tour the botanical gardens, listen to the carillon, bike, play tennis or pickle ball, hear concerts in the summer, see weddings, feed the ducks, rest and relax and just generally enjoy the lovely location

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Southern Illinois
18 reviews 18 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

We walk in Washington Park each time we come - this time for the tree colors - the roses still are in bloom. We also feed the ducks and geese.

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Burbank, Illinois
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

After seeing some of the areas of Springfield that are run down, it was definitely a sight for sore eyes. Gorgeous flowers and paths to walk along. It is nothing extremely spectacular but if you are in the area and like nature it's worth the visit because it's free. When we visited the inside was not opened but they seemed... More

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Grawn, Michigan
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

The flower beds were beautiful. The water fountain was a little scary to look at the water. But pretty fountain.

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Monroe, Wisconsin
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40 reviews 40 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Took our girl scout group here to burn off steam after driving for six hours. Kids loved the play area and had a great time running around. They enjoyed making sand castles in the sand box. Area had both portable potties and on site bathrooms located near park. Had a good amount of picnic tables near the play area and... More

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Bloomington, Indiana, USA
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46 reviews 46 reviews
8 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We rented the Exhibition Hall at the Botanical Gardens as the setting for our wedding and reception. We couldn't have been more pleased. The price was very reasonable, and the room is lovely with views of the Botanical Gardens in the background. Alexa and her staff were exceptionally helpful and patient. Besides a good selection of chairs and tables to... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

While the flower beds were nicely done, there was no staff in evidence to answer questions, give guidance, etc. even though the main building was open and it was during scheduled hours. Nice quiet spot to relax.

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Kansas City
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36 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Washington Park is a lovely swath of green on the west side of Springfield. The gardens are beautiful, with several pieces of sculpture and outbuildings providing contrast to the plantings. Nestled in Washington Park, the Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon was a lovely point of interest during our time in Springfield. We were there on a Sunday, so we toured the... More

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Springfield, Illinois
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6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

...the pedestrians are horrible! They have marked lanes for vehicles, pedestrians and bicycles. The pedestrians often walk or run in the vehicle lane or right on the white line marking the vehicle lane...even when there is no one else in the lane! I like to take drives through the park but the walkers and runners are complete idiots! We had... More

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Springfield, Illinois
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3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

This is a little slice of relief in the middle of Springfield. The lawns and gardens are immaculate and is a great place for a walk or an afternoon with a magazine and picnic. The Carillon bell tower is really cool if you are around when they have a concert or show.

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