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Garvan Woodland Gardens

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Address: 550 Arkridge Rd, Hot Springs, AR 71913-8729
Phone Number: +1 501-262-9300
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Garvan Woodland Gardens, the University of Arkansas' 210 acre botanical...

Garvan Woodland Gardens, the University of Arkansas' 210 acre botanical garden, is one of eight public, woodland gardens in the country and the only one located on a body of water. The Asian garden is ranked as the fifth best in North America, and in 2012 Garvan Woodland Gardens was named as one of the Top Five Most Spectacular Gardens In America. Over five miles of trails, unique bridges, waterfalls, a Children's Adventure Garden, and architectural wonder Anthony Chapel wedding complex are some of the highlights. View brilliant blooms year-round and one of the state's most elaborate outdoor holiday lights displays with over 4 million lights from mid-November through December; special night time hours.

CLOSED JANUARY. Open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. February 1-November 20. Open Noon- 9 p.m. November 21-December 31. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Days.

Admission: $15 adults, $5 ages 6-12, free ages 5 and under. Golf cart rides available on a first come first served basis for additional $15 per person. Chipmunk Cafe open 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. daily. Pet friendly and many ADA accessible trails.

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Beautiful Japanese-themed botanical park. Caveat: up and down hill throughout. Some steep hills. Wear walking shoes.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Tom W
Alma, AR
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Alma, AR
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Beautiful Japanese-themed botanical park. Caveat: up and down hill throughout. Some steep hills. Wear walking shoes.

Thank Tom W
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Loved this place during my very first ever visit. My daughter and I took my grandson to see the lights for Christmas. I'll never forget the way his face little up and how he just wanted to run and try to see all those beautiful lights at once. Then when he finally got to tell Santa Claus what he wanted... More 

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Whitewright, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a wonderful place to visit. Anthony Chapel is breathtaking. There was a wedding taking place that evening so we didn't get to stay long. The garden trail is beautiful but make sure you travel off the main trail. Beautiful detours with in the garden. The Koi pond is really neat and has trails all around it. Take a... More 

Thank Slt456
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful. Needed alittle bit more signage and directions as far as entrances and pathways. Would also like more identifying markers for the trees and flowers. Gift shop could use some botanical garden things and things related to hot springs. Overall great grounds, great paths and really enjoyed the nature and walking the trials. Took many good pictures! Wish it was... More 

Thank Cmwong2011
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My wife and I walked about 6 miles on beautiful trails amidst gorgeous foliage. Numerous springs fed beautiful crystal clear small streams. This place is beautiful regardless of the time of year. You can walk a little or a lot. You can also take advantage of a cart tour of the grounds. Don't leave till you have visited the unique... More 

Thank Michael M
Tauranga, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

a great stroll through a stunning set up with being able to fed the koi fish and see different animals throughout the walk, we even had a lovely blue butterfly follow up

Thank Merianne P
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We had already hiked that day so we did not feel like paying $15 to walk through the gardens. However, we did check out the chapel and it was beautiful!!!! Would maybe walk the garden in the spring when everything is in bloom.

Thank Diane B
McKinney, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Beautiful grounds provide a great place for hours of strolling. It's not difficult to see why the on grounds Anthony Chapel is a favorite spot for weddings.

Thank TexCul
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is gorgeous! I really don't know what else to say. The made some amazing sculptures out of plants and flowers and nature. It's amazing!

Thank Christy L
Huntsville, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The park is lovely and easy to walk through. There are uneven stone pathways for energetic kids placed where others have taken short cuts. The ticket sellers are very nice and helpful. The garden workers are willing to stop and answer questions. Don't miss the birdhouse garden.

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