Missouri Botanical Garden
Missouri Botanical Garden
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis was founded in 1859 by Henry Shaw. Today, the Garden is a National Historic Landmark and a center for science, conservation, education and horticultural display - widely considered one of the top three botanical gardens in the world. It features 79 acres of horticultural displays, including indoor conservatories and demonstration, formal and international gardens.
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  • Laura Kehl
    Winfield, Missouri75 contributions
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    MoBot Gardens
    I have always enjoyed my visits to the Missouri Botanical Gardens. This was the first time I took my toddler to MoBot, and he loved it! We spent a good amount of time at the children’s garden. That area I have never been before and it was much bigger than I thought. He enjoyed running around, explored different areas, and even planted a pansy to take home with the help of garden staff (this isn’t always available, but it was during our visit). After the children’s garden we checked out the center for home gardening which is awesome for people living in the area as they do a ton of research on plants and how they thrive in our climate. They even have a section for indoor plants and label each window with what direction is pointing. For this trip we finished with the Japanese Gardens and saw the cherry blossoms and watched the koi swim. If you have never been, I highly recommend going. There are always tons of activities and community events, so check out their website for what’s coming up. We spent the good part of the morning there and still only visited a small section of the gardens.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 4, 2023
  • Hikertk
    17 contributions
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    A beautiful display of color
    What an amazing well kept gardens. We spent several hours walking about. We saw lots of spring bulbs blooming. The display of color was captivating. Taught my pre- teen about photography. It was a great day
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 7, 2023
  • kathriso
    61 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely gardens
    We went to the gardens in March, so we didn't expect to see many outdoor flowers in bloom. However, the daffodils were looking very good. The outdoor path around the Japanese gardens was very nice. We were disappointed that a couple of the indoor exhibits were closed, but overall, I would recommend this stop.
    Visited March 2023
    Written April 8, 2023
  • EVA847
    Chicago, Illinois3 contributions
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    Flowers, Trees, and Chihuly Glass Sculpture
    Just left St Louis where I had a mixed and FABULOUS experience at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Mixed because it was cold, windy and too early in late April to see much growing. Fabulous because I lucked into the beginning of a Chihuly exhibit that doesn't technically begin until tomorrow, but the glass sculptures were in place, gorgeous and glorious. It was great fun "discovering" new glass structures, hidden among the foliage of the garden, floating on small pools of water, hanging from the ceiling. This is.a MUST SEE EXHIBIT. Definitely worth traveling to St Louis where I was also much more impressed by The Arch than I ever expected.
    Visited April 2023
    Written May 1, 2023
  • Kathy A
    46 contributions
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    A reason to go to St. Louis
    Since I first heard of this botanical garden, I wanted to experience it. I had read great things about it so I had high expectations. The gardens surpassed my expectations. I hope to return during different seasons to experience the gardens again, even though I live 7 hours away. Even in early spring (end of April) the gardens were beautiful. The dome was awesome. The place is huge!
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 2, 2023
  • Marblehead750
    Dayton, Ohio728 contributions
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    The Chihuly exhibit was fun to see.
    My first time visiting and it was fun to see the Chihuly glass installations. The garden is huge, so expect to do a lot of walking. They have an army of people keeping the place looking nice. While I was there, the iris and peonies were in bloom, as well as some roses. It would be nicer to visit again a little later in the year.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written May 18, 2023
  • Birthday-Gal
    Springfield, Illinois1,030 contributions
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    The Gardens, the Art Work, and the Relaxation!
    We went on a Sunday night while the Chihuly Glass exhibit was there interspersed through the gardens. It was magical! Seeing the exquisite glass pieces floating in the ponds or hanging above your head in the Climatron or interspersed with the beautiful perennials and annuals in the gardens. They had benches along the way to rest and they had beverages being sold throughout the pathways. We did not get through it all but what we saw was a once in a lifetime event. They also had a documentary being shown in an air conditioned building to sit and watch and learn more about the man who created the art work you were seeing. Well Done! And I need to go back just for the relaxing walk and learning more about the flowers and trees. And during the special show they even had musicians playing live for you to enjoy!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 5, 2023
  • Rick B
    753 contributions
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    Go to the Shaw Country home
    The Shaw country home was open for visitors. Knowledgeable and friendly docents greeted everyone and provided information on Mr. Shaw. I've been to the gardens before but this was the first time I was there when this home and it's furnishings were available to the public
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 10, 2023
  • TaraMcConkey
    Shawnee, Kansas244 contributions
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    Amazing! Amazing! Amazing!
    This garden is so good, we are members and we live 4 hours away in KC! Their children's garden and playground is fantastic and they have a great children's area inside the tropics building as well. The Japanese, Ottoman, and Chinese gardens are can not miss!
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 11, 2023
  • Nancy T
    Estes Park, Colorado61 contributions
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    Tram tour frustration
    The gardens are very handicap friendly with the new entrance and large parking area roped off for handicapped only. The Chihuly displays were just as great as the last time I saw them in 2006. However, we were disappointed in the tram ride. There were two tiny solar powered trams in service - one carried 13 passengers and the other carried 10 passengers and a wheelchair. The seats were barely wide enough for three normal sized people. We waited about 30 minutes to get a seat. Where are the long trams with many cars and seats that held 2 people per row? Another issue was the driver had to run people’s credit cards ($5/ person) unless you were a member. That took at least 5 minutes while plenty of people were waiting in line. Tickets should be purchased inside instead of delaying the tram’s’ departure. Also, the trams are so quiet that pedestrians do not hear it and the tram must wait for them to get out of the way. It seemed the tram route was shorter than it used to be. Very frustrating way to tour the gardens.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 13, 2023
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VaporK8
Southfield, MI1,883 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
The early fall weather was beautiful on the day we visited Missouri Botanical (Shaw) Garden. Save a few hours for a leisurely explore on foot.
I particularly enjoyed the Dale Chihuly glass sculptures and the Climatron botany.
Keep your masks on. Don’t mess with the park-keepers. We witnessed two alleged scofflaws get escorted off the premises after at least two reminder/confrontations.
Written September 28, 2020
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Rudi Rudi
Washington DC, DC2,295 contributions
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Jul 2021
CHIHULY glass art and Life Size Origami are perfectly placed throughout these beautiful gardens and fountains.

Purchase the amazing kid's exploration bag at the ticket both. There were binoculars, an activity book, quality coloring pencils, a sharpener, a several other projects in a quality back pack.

The tropical area was so fascinating. The lizards look fake because of their odd green color. It felt like we were doing a tour of Jurassic Park.

Bring quarters.....You are able to buy fish food to feed the Koi. Actually, you can sit next to the edge of the pond and plop food into the gabbing mouths of the large aquatic monsters. Do NOT feed fish human food or breads.

See if you can find the end or beginning of the Japanese sand garden.

It can be unbearably humid in St. Louis. Take a water bottle. There are fountains to refill your bottles. Take a parasol or umbrella to keep out of the merciless sun. If you become a member you are given a beautiful parasol.

We went on a Saturday. There were several weddings, graduations, family groups, and an Quinceanera being professionally photographed.

My favorite part was the giant lilies. Supposedly they can hold 250 pounds.
Fireflies were abundant in the lotus pound. Statues, art, glass art, and giant origami where everywhere. Refer to maps so you don't miss anything. There are many parts to this wonderful place.

I was told they were short staffed because of the pandemic. Volunteers were reduced due to COVID precautions. In the future I want to return to enjoy the full expression of the gardens.
Written July 25, 2021
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Patina.Wildflower
Grand Canyon National Park, AZ8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Couples
Hubby and I went there for a last minute date night. It was very well set up. I bought the tickets online so we could go to dinner and then see the show. When you walk in there's someone to scan your tickets and take your temp. They ask that you keep your masks on at all times including pictures unless you're drinking (P.S. they have amazing wintery alcoholic beverages at the shop to the right of the big tree). The lights set up throughout the gardens are beautiful and the rows of Christmas lit evergreens make for beautiful photo ops. There's also a cool musical projection on the center building that's worth stopping for a moment. Beautifully run and still a nice spontaneous getaway.
Written November 18, 2020
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SArcher95
Signal Mountain, TN25 contributions
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Jun 2022 • Family
This is a nice botanical garden. The front entrance has a lot of construction going on right now. It was a peaceful way to spend an afternoon.

There is a charge for admission; this is not like the St. Louis Zoo or Science Center (which charge for parking). There is free parking in a lot (check the lot even if it says it is full, because there were lots of empty spaces when we went) and parallel parking along an adjacent street.

We particularly enjoyed feeding the koi fish and ducks/geese. Bring quarters to buy feed. Kids will enjoy this activity.

I was surprised to see an additional charge for adults to go to the children’s garden. That just seems wrong.
Written June 3, 2022
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Nancy T
Estes Park, CO61 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
The gardens are very handicap friendly with the new entrance and large parking area roped off for handicapped only. The Chihuly displays were just as great as the last time I saw them in 2006. However, we were disappointed in the tram ride. There were two tiny solar powered trams in service - one carried 13 passengers and the other carried 10 passengers and a wheelchair. The seats were barely wide enough for three normal sized people. We waited about 30 minutes to get a seat. Where are the long trams with many cars and seats that held 2 people per row? Another issue was the driver had to run people’s credit cards ($5/ person) unless you were a member. That took at least 5 minutes while plenty of people were waiting in line. Tickets should be purchased inside instead of delaying the tram’s’ departure. Also, the trams are so quiet that pedestrians do not hear it and the tram must wait for them to get out of the way. It seemed the tram route was shorter than it used to be. Very frustrating way to tour the gardens.
Written June 13, 2023
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Robin C
Princeton, IN123 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
Surprisingly the food at the cafe here at Missouri Botanical Garden is excellent. I had the chicken salad with a side garden salad and iced tea! Perfect! Walking the gardens you will get your steps in and we decided to stop for lunch before riding the tram to see the farthest spot Japanese Garden, lake, English Gardens and Shaw home. Beautiful place! Our favorite - the climatron, waterfalls, rocks and hanging baskets with tropical feels. My second favorite was Chinese Gardens. Loved it.
Written June 15, 2021
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Sharon M
Bloomington, IN111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
What a beautiful and interesting garden! It was difficult for a couple seniors to cover it all, and we recommend buying the $5 tickets for the hop on, hop off Tram. We didn’t do so until exhausted, but it was a great way to orient yourself. We will return again.
Written August 22, 2023
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hrobinson1114
Nashville, TN2,788 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Solo
I’ve been to better gardens, but this attraction still gets five stars.

It is large, but not overwhelming. It’s very well organized by type of plant and easy to navigate. Several pretty water features. The fountains weren’t on in late April, but I assume they are beautiful when they are activated. Honestly, serval flowers weren’t blooming yet, so maybe wait until mid May or check the website?

My favorite part, what I found most interesting and unique, was the Climatron, a large climate controlled geodesic dome meant to mimic a rainforest.

Not only was it great for photos, it was full of lush greenery and a fantastic Dale Chihuly art piece. It was 18 dollars for entry.

They also seem to have evening events, wine nights, and kids days. They are in the middle of a multi-million dollar entrance revamp, so it’s a little chaotic at the entrance, but not too bad.

On-site food options (sandwiches, small fare), but quite crowded.

Not a destination, but again, worth it for the climatron.
Written April 23, 2022
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Jenny0124
Nassau, New Providence Island118 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
The Christmas lights and themed holiday music was extraordinary. There is section where they project choreographed music and lights. We sat there in awe. It is absolutely beautiful .. They also sold food and adult beverages along the path. Everyone was required to wear a mask and social distance. I felt safe the entire time. I highly recommend this activity, but it sells out quick.... Because it is that good!!!
Written December 22, 2020
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HappySassyGalSTL
Saint Louis, MO36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
In the interest of full disclosure, I’m a member and have been for about ten years. MoBot is one of the sweetest places in the city, and you can’t get any more city than these environs. It is an oasis just off interstate 44; a gift to the city from Henry Shaw, and founded in 1859 when it was kind out in the country.

There’s a number of smaller garden areas within the Gardens so you move from English Woodlands into Japanese to Prairie and Butterfly to Chinese and Home. A tram for those who need assistance from place to place, a lovely family center connected to the Climatron where it’s always warm and jungley even in January. There is an amazing Children’s Garden open April through November with lots of climby things for the kiddos.

Lots of festivals which I avoid, due to the size of the crowds, but if you like that, check out the Japanese Festival, the Chinese Festival, and Best of Missouri Hands. I do love the cactus show, and orchid show.

My favorite places are the Temperate House with the lovely Persian courtyard and fountain, sunny and warm enough to sit and relax in the winter, the peonies along the walkway at the a Japanese Garden, Sassafras Cafe, the scented garden, oh my, just too much to mention.

Take it from a hometown girl, it’s one of the best places in StL.
Written January 19, 2020
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