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New Orleans Botanical Gardens

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Address: 1 Palm Dr, New Orleans, LA 70124
Phone Number: 504 483 9386
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A fun place for plant lovers

This is a smaller botanical garden than other large cities. It was $6 to get in. They have a model train setup but it was not running and it doesn't appear that it does regularly... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 5, 2016
khill72
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Huntsville, Alabama
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Huntsville, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

This is a smaller botanical garden than other large cities. It was $6 to get in. They have a model train setup but it was not running and it doesn't appear that it does regularly. They have many different areas. One of my favorite was the shade tree ares with big swings. There was some beautiful lily pad flowers blooming... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

If you wish to pay $6 for visiting my backyard you are on the right trail. Small neglected territory with minimum flowers and very simple garden houses in. Not bad orchids collection. Less than one hour you'll need to see everything and get deepest disillusionment.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016 via mobile

I attended the China Lights Exhibit and it was truly breath taking. I had my child tag along for this gorgeous exhibition. I can't remember the last time I was at the botanical gardens but it was a sure way to get me to come back often if this is the type of events that go on.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

I would rate these gardens good and we have seen many gardens. They don't have any eye popping sections like some of the other gardens but it was worth seeing especially if you also visit the free sculpture nearby. They do have a small conservatory. What made this garden interesting was definitely the China lights display. They are very colorful... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2016

This show is amazing. We went at night so couldn't see the plants, but the lights were gorgeous. There are performances at 6 and 8 (I think). I didn't find this info anywhere on the website and unfortunately we arrived just a few minutes before the end of the last show. What we saw was excellent, would have gone to... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016

We've been to botanical gardens through-out North America and several parts of Europe. This was on the disappointing side. Possibly due to the time of the year (not everything can be blooming at once), but mostly due to the China Lights monstrosities during the daylight hours. The staff we encountered tending the beds and beautiful hothouses were nice and all... More 

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Kirkland, Washington
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2016

I visit Botanical Gardens around the world and New Orleans' Garden is a big disappointment. Yes, it was early March, but there were spring flowers incl. Azaleas, etc. Always better to see plants than bars, but $12 is overprized. And the pathetique Chinese Lantern did not help to make that place look good. Anyway, maybe peopel got their priorities right... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2016 via mobile

We saw the China Lights show, it was amazing! Great for the whole family. Be sure to bring a good camera to capture the beautiful lights.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2016 via mobile

Do not waste your money during the day. Very little is blooming now and it's set up for night time. I'm sure it's amazing at night for the Chinese Lanterns display. This was our only bust on our trip. We asked for a refund but were told they do not give refunds. Many areas closed and no maps. Very disappointed.

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New Castle, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2016

This display is there through May 1st and if you are in New Orleans you should not miss it. It is breathtaking!

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Lakeview
Lakeview extends inland from the shores of Lake Pontchartrain with much of the area reserved for family-friendly City Park. Home to the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Besthoff Sculpture Garden, Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, and the city’s own lush Botanical Gardens, City Park is a New Orleans gem and the perfect spot for outdoor fun with as much of a mix of culture and/or amusement as you would like. Beyond City Park more great excuses to stay outside beckon, whether on land or by boat. Developed a good deal later than most other New Orleans neighborhoods, Lakeview has a distinctively different look and feel compared to other parts of the city. Fans of mid century modern design and contemporary architecture particularly enjoy leisurely drives around the residential streets of Lake Vista, Park Island and along Lakeshore Drive.