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“Great special events”

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: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children
Syracuse, New York
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great special events”
Reviewed March 27, 2013 via mobile

We take our family to all the special events at the Botanical gardens. In the fall the scarecrow trail is great fun for the kids. In December the Christmas lights are a must see for the whole family. On warmer winter days in January and February you can bring your dogs out too. By far the best time is in the spring though. There is color and life bursting everywhere. For children the highlight is the children's garden. They could spend a couple of hours just playing in there. There is a life size board game which is fun for the family. The gardens and walkways are very well thought out, and the variety of different types of gardens is amazing. Watch for the couple times a year where they have free admission and enjoy all the Huntsville Botanical gardens have to offer for free. This is one of the must see places in Huntsville.

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Huntsville, Alabama
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33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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“One of Alabama's Finest Attractions”
Reviewed March 21, 2013

The Huntsvile Botanical Garden is growing by leaps and bounds; it is now undergoing an extensive expansion and enhancement to make it, even more so, the state's biggest attraction (e.g, over 110,000 visitors annually). The Galaxy of Lights show each Fall is a draw bringing in visitors from many surrounding states, as well as Alabama itself. You'll want to revisit this garden several times.

Visited December 2012
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Guntersville, Alabama, United States
Level 4 Contributor
46 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Christmas lights at Huntsville Botanical Gardens”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

We went when the botanical gardens were decorated for Christmas in many lights which depicted various scenes and flowers and nursery rhymes. It was a fun drive and very festive for the holidays.

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Huntsville, Alabama
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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“FUN, FAMILY FRIENDLY, BEAUTIFUL”
Reviewed March 6, 2013

I loved the garden so much I got a job there! It is so pretty, YEAR ROUND. Always something to see, or do. Tons of stuff for kids to play on, and also their education programs are nice.

Visited August 2012
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Forsyth, Georgia
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112 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“A young garden on its way to greatness”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

This is such an excellent spot to go with kids or to enjoy a relaxing afternoon. We were in town for a conference, and I spent two mornings wandering the grounds with my two kids.

For families, they have wagons available to pull the littles, and there are so many water features. Being February and all, they didn't overly appeal, but I'm sure they are awesome in the summer.

The garden looks like it is growing into itself. It also looks like there is more work to be done than there is staff. I considered rating it very good for that reason, but I still think it is an excellent place to visit while in the area.

They have several different gardens to explore and great exhibits and hands-on activities for kids. Highly recommended!

Visited February 2013
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