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“Gets Better Every Year” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Huntsville Botanical Garden

Huntsville Botanical Garden
4747 Bob Wallace Ave, Huntsville, AL 35805
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Ranked #3 of 34 Attractions in Huntsville
Type: Gardens, Outdoors
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Madison, Alabama
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Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“Gets Better Every Year”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2011

I have been a long time member of the HBG and it truly gets better every year. I understand some of the one time visitors' comments about it being pricey but an annual membership for those that live in this area is one of the best buys around. From the spring time Butterfly House, to the Summer time water features, to the autumn Scarecrow trail culminating with a Holiday Galaxy of lights that gets bigger every year you cannot beat it. The Garden does a good job of fund raising and plowing revenues back into the Garden.

We also enjoy the special concerts and events like the Raptors that the Garden has each year.

Visited November 2011
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Huntsville, Alabama
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36 reviews 36 reviews
21 attraction reviews
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“High priced but you can see where the money is being invested! I'm happy to pay because we are never dissatisfied!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2011 via mobile

Totally worth it. Be sure to not skip this place. The treehouses are amazing, christmas lights are cute and butterfly house is extraordinary! I could visit 60 tines in a year and never tire of visiting this place!

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Auburn, AL
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“Pretty Nice Place”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2011

The botanical gardens is fairly nice. The butterfly house is great. Some of the grounds could use some maintenance. The staff is very friendly. I enjoyed it, but not for the expensive admission.

Visited August 2011
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Naperville, IL
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Summer visit had some highlights, but overall just okay”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2011

We visited the Botanical Gardens to see the Tree house exhibit and the Children's Garden. It was incredibly hot the day we visited, so please keep that in mind as you read our review. As usual, the Children's Garden was nice, although definitely geared toward very young children (under six years old). There were a few water activities that were greatly appreciated (giant watering can that sprays water, little pond, pond with fountains). The butterfly garden was also interesting--you can put sugar water on your arm to entice a butterfly to land on you (one landed on my daughter and she was so excited!) and there are turtles to watch.

The overall gardens are just okay. The gardens are huge, so expect a lot of walking, which may or may not work well for young children. Our biggest complaint about the day was the poorly done maps and signage in the garden--it was very difficult to follow the map and find your way around. Not all of the pathways are marked on the map, and others look much bigger than they are---lots of confusion.

The tree houses were also just okay. Some of them were beautiful and creative and fun for the kids to explore, and others were pretty lame. More water elements were definitely needed for the summer!!! The water element was broken on one tree house (which we found out after calling the office from our phone), and the description of another one (Bird's Eye View) made it seem like it would have water, but did not. The fairy and garden gnome tree houses were definitely our favorites--very creative and fun.

Overall, the gardens were okay. Pros: beautiful flowers and trees to look at, Children's Garden water activities, great gift shop, butterfly house. Cons: not enough water elements overall, broken/disappointing tree houses, and terrible maps.

Visited August 2011
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Birmingham, Alabama
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“More than we expected”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2010

For the first time tonight, my family and I viewed the Galaxy of Lights. While some have posted a bit of a complaint about it not completely consisting of Christmas-themed decor, I found it to be more than what we expected. There is quite a bit of Christmas, and even Hanukkah, decor, but we found it refreshing that it included general decor for the collective holiday season, patriotic elements, Arctic scenes, plant life, and dinosaurs of all sorts. However, I must admit that there were a few displays that were not completely lit, but there wasn't a whole display that was not lit within the entire 1.5 miles prepared for our enjoyment. As for us, we will be back for years to come, but do hope that all parts of displays will be lit next time we view the Galaxy of Lights.

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