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“Nice, but not "big city" standards”

Huntsville Botanical Garden
Ranked #2 of 69 things to do in Huntsville
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Huntsville Botanical Garden is open year-round and boasts a picture perfect aquatic garden, a spectacular wildflower and nature trail and numerous specialty gardens and plant collections. The Children’s Garden and Nature Center contain the nation’s largest seasonal butterfly house and eight specialized gardens aimed toward the younger set. Children and adults alike will enjoy a stroll through the dinosaur garden, the space garden, storybook garden and more. Family festivals include Beaks and Barks, Huntsville Blooms, the Scarecrow Trail, and the nationally recognized Galaxy of Lights, and be sure not to miss our annual summer exhibits, designed to appeal to children and families. The Garden also has a gift shop, indoor and outdoor facility rental options, and education programs for all ages. The Garden is a privately run 501c3 non-profit, which receives a majority of its support from garden members, supporters, and corporate donors.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Huntsville, Alabama
Level 6 Contributor
100 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Nice, but not "big city" standards”
Reviewed October 25, 2012

It is not very large, but they have really great holiday and special seasonal events that are great for families. The Christmas lights event is fun even in very cold weather.

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Athens, Alabama
Level 5 Contributor
94 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Calm relaxing”
Reviewed October 17, 2012

The pumpkins are in place for decorations and the mums growing are spectular! The garden is aglow! Water features so relaxing and serene to hear the bubbling waters. Birds singing in the trees and watching the squirrels play delightful! One must take time to enjoy the beautiful nature that abounds here. Close by SPace and Rocket center too!

Visited October 2012
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Huntsville, Alabama
Level 6 Contributor
90 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“year round treat”
Reviewed October 12, 2012

we've been members for years. always something great to see, not a huge place but well arranged. the trillium area is especially interesting in the spring.

Visited October 2012
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Farmington, Missouri, United States
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Fabulous Fall Scarecrows and Gardens”
Reviewed October 11, 2012

I toured the botanical garden alone and throughly enjoyed my visit. The grounds are well maintained and there are a wide variety of plants.The garden is divided into many different plant collections. There are display collections and botanical collections. The botanical collections have plants that are suitable to northern Alabama's environment. I visited in October and found many plants still in bloom. The fall scarecrow trail made visiting the garden a lot of fun. The hay bale art displays were also great.

Visited October 2012
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Surrey, United Kingdom
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64 reviews
38 attraction reviews
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“Seasonal exhibits all year long”
Reviewed October 10, 2012

Our family loves botanical gardens and this one was worth a membership to us. They vary their exhibits during the season and here are some things we consider highlights:
1. Herb garden
2. Vegetable garden
3. Butterfly house (one of the best I've ever been in!)
4. Other local reptiles on display in butterfly house.
5. Children's play area with educational displays and water play areas (a hit with all ages during the hot summer!)
6. Hay rides/fall displays.
7. Christmas light display.
8. Every year they come up with a new theme to change it up. Last year it was tree houses and this year it was art deco butterflies. SO MUCH FUN!
9. During the winter when there is less growing, they allow you to walk your dog there. Check for dates!
Well, that's a few. I could go on and on...visit and see for yourself!

Visited August 2012
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