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Washington Park Botanical Gardens

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Address: 2500 South Eleventh Street, Springfield, IL 62705
Phone Number: 217-544-1751
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12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Garden consisting of 9,000 square feet of greenhouse area and a...

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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If you are gardener or just like strolling through gardens and relaxing, this is a great place to spend a couple of hours. If you like roses, you will love seeing hundreds of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Springfield, Illinois
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Springfield, Illinois
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are gardener or just like strolling through gardens and relaxing, this is a great place to spend a couple of hours. If you like roses, you will love seeing hundreds of roses placed in the terraces around the gardens.

Thank AAAAwells
Jacksonville, IL
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169 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

My daughter just moved to the Washington Park area and we happened in on the Pumpkin carving last weekend. You go and carve pumpkins on Friday and then you go back on Saturday and pay $6 or $7 to get in to look at all the carved pumpkins (it is WELL WORTH IT!) Then we went back on Sunday and... More 

Thank moodymolly
Royal Oak, United States
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145 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Washington Park is the first park in the Springfield, IL park system & consists of 150 acres of wonderful walking, running, bicycling, enjoying seasonal flowering trees & plants, hiking through the woods or just sitting enjoying the outdoors. It is a pleasant place to enjoy a morning walk or relaxing afternoon. It has the Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon & the... More 

Thank Ernest M
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

This is wonderful park for all activities. Clean and well kept park, there are main roads to walk, trails to bike be walk, and sports areas as well as a very enjoyable playground for children. There is a beautiful garden at one end of the park, very peaceful park!

Thank Audrey W
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Always a must on our visits to Springfield. I love to take a dinner picnic and listen to the summer evening carillon concert while my kids run around and explore.

Thank Ali J
Litchfield, IL
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32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

We had a picnic lunch on the beautiful grounds, listened to the lovely Rees Memorial Carillon bells at noon. Carillon, with 67 bells weighing 82,753 pounds, is one of the world's largest and hosts an international week-long festival in June. Snack food is available, also restrooms. Spacious shady spots with benches. Gorgeous plantings on the grounds and Botanical Garden.

1 Thank Sue J
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43 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Just stumbled upon the park as we were looking at beautiful old houses. Wonderful garden you can walk through. Wish the Carillon would have been playing. Lots of people running and walking through the park.

1 Thank Mullbk
Chicago, Illinois
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1,178 reviews
457 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 854 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Unless someone tells you about it, visitors to Springfield whose priority usually is to see the Abraham Lincoln historical sites probably aren't aware of Washington Park. Located at 1400 Williams Boulevard, the park features walking trails, a botanical garden, large duck pond, rose garden, carillon and carillon concerts. The major attraction is the Washington Park Botanical Garden, located at 2500... More 

2 Thank Taylor B
Litchfield, Illinois
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40 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

This is a lovely place to visit. Numerous plants for all seasons. Wander the inside garden then meander along the paths outdoors. Listen to the Carillion located right in the middle of this beautiful location. Check their website for details.

1 Thank Darlene C
Jacksonville, Florida
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16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

One of the most beautiful parks I've seen. Lovely flowers, tremendous variety of trees, and the landscaped walkways and paths are easy to walk. Plenty of benches and loads of shady spots throughout the park. We did not have time to go into the greenhouse. We happened to be there during their annual Carillon Festival and it was wonderful. Try... More 

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