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“Must not miss their programs”

Ranked #5 of 23 things to do in Highlands
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Owner description: This nature center serves up a palette of nature attractions including a botanical garden replete with 450 species of trees, ferns and flowers.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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83 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Must not miss their programs”
Reviewed August 20, 2012

A wide variety is offered from Thursday night lectures on local interest subjects to special childrens' programs. Walk through the botanical gardens at your leisure and learn about native plants, what attracts butterflies and Native American uses.

Visited August 2012
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Atlanta, Georgia
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35 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great find”
Reviewed July 22, 2012

The gardens are beautiful. Follow the path to a magnificent waterlily filled lake!

Visited July 2012
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Chicagoland
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56 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Small, but well designed botanical gardens”
Reviewed July 22, 2012

No visit to Highlands would be complete without walking through the Highlands Botanical Gardens. The walks show off the diversity of mountain environments from a lake with water lillies to a small waterfall to a rhododendron walk. They also have a small nature center with lectures on Thursday evening and a garden that displays Cherokee medicinal and food plants. In all, it is one of the nicest ways to spend an hour in Highlands.

Visited July 2012
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Johnson City
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34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Quick but fun visit”
Reviewed July 19, 2012

This wasn't the extensive, take-all-day kind of nature or science museum, but that suited us just fine. It was uncrowded and peaceful, but definitely had educational and entertainment value. My 9-year-old and I spent a pleasant hour or so wandering through their easy forest-garden trails and simple-but-engaging exhibits inside. The naturalist there took out a gentle snake to show some basic snake anatomy to my daughter. She had been protesting our visit when I suggested it, but ended up thanking me for insisting....

Visited July 2012
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Cannot believe Highlands's has this beautiful Nature center”
Reviewed July 6, 2012

A bit warm, 87 in Highlands today! But the nature center was beautiful and will visit again

Visited July 2012
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