Cape Fear Botanical Garden
Cape Fear Botanical Garden
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
Cape Fear Botanical Garden is a premier destination in Fayetteville, NC. We provide an urban oasis for local residents and visitors alike, as well as educational programming and recreational activities to strengthen our community.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Annette K
Hyattsville, MD41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Beautiful gardens, friendly staff, easy walks thru the property. Only had about 45 minutes, so didn’t get to see everything. Will go again; can’t wait to see the camellia garden in full bloom.
Written August 24, 2021
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Gladys J
North Carolina89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
It was a nice sunny day the woods are nice Rose Garden is very nice the lady at the gift shop on October 5th around 1:ish was not friendly
but the walk and fresh air was very nice my granddaughter had a ball.
Written October 5, 2020
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Julie B
Winston Salem, NC58 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Family
This was our first time to visit. I brought two of my Lego fanatics with me. They had the best time finding all of the exhibits and I enjoyed just walking the paths.

It was November so little was in bloom however, I could see how beautiful the garden would be in the spring, summer, and fall.

I will definitely be back.
Written June 21, 2017
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NCTraveler2015
Raleigh, NC5,165 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
The Cape Fear Botanical Gardens is easy to get to from I-95 and there is a large parking area with many spots in the shade.

The building you enter is extremely nice, there are restrooms; a gift shop and a cafe to order and eat in the lobby. The building can be rented out for weddings and other events. I know that there is a murder mystery dinner scheduled so it seems like the focus is on the events rather than the gardens.

The main garden around the pond is where most of the flowers and plants are at. It was really pretty. The walking trails are just trees, trees, more trees and lots of mosquitos. The trail was on uneven ground and has some inclines and declines so make sure you wear good foot wear and bring the bug spray.

There is another section that had some plants and a garden growing food. But the majority of the grounds is walking through the woods with one or two glimpses of the murky lake.

I think it would have been a nicer experience if there were more plants and flowers and if the section of the woods was not part of it as that was most of the experience. If we only saw the pond part we would have left happy with a $5 admission cost.
Written July 11, 2020
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Pi
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
Enjoyed : the lights, the Grinch, the snow machine, bubble machine while waiting to see Santa, the crafts, friendly staff, the light maze was my favorite. A couple of food trucks and tables and chairs. Visited December 18, 2021 at 5:30.
Disappointed: You are not allowed to photograph or video the Santa visit but must pay extra for the professional photographer's pic. That info should be prominently displayed on the website.
Light displays are not as good as Asheville's NC Arboretum Winter Lights.
Written December 19, 2021
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Carol T
5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
It was a great place to walk through the woods on their trails. As far as "botanical gardens" that we've been to in the past, this one has a lot of room for improvement.
We were disappointed in the mapping and ease knowing which way to go. Also disappointed in the flowers, end of May we expected more color.
Written May 17, 2022
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bashybashygal
Brooklyn, NY1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Family
this place is not flexible with their customers. they are nasty and does not work with the customer to make them happy. They require for you to clean the floor which is not stated in the contract. They are not willing to assist you with any extra accommodations which is crazy since this place is very expensive. they forced us to end early for clean up when you don't need an extra hour for clean up. I was very disappointed with their service, as this was an important day of my family's life. I would never recommend this place to anyone. Things go wrong sometimes and you need a place that is willing to work with you through it all.
Written June 8, 2017
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Jeb-of-Pineland
206 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Couples
We have been going here for years off-and-on. Fayetteville has always struggled to overcome its seedy Army town, low-brow decayed atmosphere. Downtown has replaced red light, high crime areas with rejuvenated red brick yuppie apartments and other improvements. It has admittedly improved but still has a long way to go to be pleasant. And sometimes, one doubts it will ever climb out of its undesirable atmosphere.

The Cape Fear Botanical Gardens is perfectly in step with the city in that regard. There have been building improvements (red brick again) in recent years which are a definite upgrade, to include function and admin buildings and a nearby horticultural center for the local community college. However, the grounds remain underwhelming for the most part. Although there are bits of pleasantness here and there, it still has an underprivileged, "third world" air. Some of the sections are kind of threadbare and bedraggled. Patches of well-tended green lawn are bracketed by cheap and trashy "empty lot-looking" sections. One big sign announced a sprawling "Coming in 2016" attraction but only the anchor piece has been "completed" while all of the rest looks abandoned. Like the gardens and the city itself, one wonders if the creators gave up, concluding that this place will never really be worth it.

If you are stuck living in Fayetteville, you should go spend an hour or so at the gardens. Perhaps you will be inspired to be part of the solution. But we have little faith this place will ever compare to the Arboretum in Asheville, Stowe Gardens near Charlotte, or the several gardens and plantations along the Carolina coast.
Written June 3, 2017
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shutterbug1976
Durham, NC367 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017
Botanical gardens are a favorite pass time. I thought I'd give Cape Fear a chance. I must say that I wasn't impressed with this garden. It is winter, so I didn't expect to see many flowering plants however, I expected to see more greenery. There is an admission fee to enter so I was expecting more than I would receive going to a park with a man made pond. I will not be returning here. If anyone is looking for an impressive free botanical garden dive 1.5hrs to Duke Gardens. There isn't much to say about this garden. If it were free, & you needed to kill a little time it's good for that but otherwise spend $10 elsewhere.
Written January 29, 2017
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Blue J
Havre de Grace, MD768 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Family
Granted visiting a garden in the middle of August is not the best way to spend a hot, humid day, but we were limited. This garden has a lot of potential, but there is a communion between landscape architecture, landscape design, and creative gardeners that this garden fails to artfully achieve. At times I felt that the plant collection stole the show without the input from a designer or architect that would have made the plant collection pop. For example, the camellia collection is fantastic, but that is simply all it is. A collection of shrubs with little else to make the visit a total immersion.

There are attempts to bring some interest into the garden, but I felt the frog sculptures and the metal frame sculpture were odd placements rather than artful compositions that added to the garden view. The river walk trail just did not offer any memorable moments for us. It is well constructed, but we felt the river views were uninspired. The last thing I expected to find was a day lily collection garden. It just fell flat.

There are several elements that are very well done. The bubbling water rock fountain was exceptional. The rain gardens including the plant selections were first class. So, you will find a few plants or compositions that will me memorable, but they are just too few and far between.

Overall, the garden seems heavily weighted to Spring, and I believe the camellias and azaleas in bloom would be breath taking, but I did not feel the garden hits the seasonal bench mark or achieves the same level of flower power potential as that of Spring.

The visitor entrance building, the gift shop, and parking areas are all very well done. The staff were extremely friendly and welcoming. The garden does offer reciprocity, and we were able to take advantage of that. The normal adult fee is $10.

If you need a nice break from the rat race, this would be a good place to go. If you are expecting something like Chanticleer, forget it. We were able to see the entire grounds in a little more than an hour.
Written August 14, 2016
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