My boys and I enjoyed a personal guided tour at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens. We were able to see a large part of the gardens, learn more about them, and have a great time! There is something for everyone here, and I highly recommend a visit – even with young kids like mine (21 mths, and 5 years)
Since we received a personal guided tour, we rode on a golf cart around the grounds. However, at the front there are several red wagons for parents to pull their priceless baggage (kiddos) around the garden! I loved that!
While we were visiting, there was a special Alice In Wonderland exhibit. It was incredible! There were multiple art installations over the gardens, including a maze of colorful doors and a giant tea pot that sprayed water for the boys to run through!
Scattered around the garden were a few pockets of trees with hammocks! We saw families lounging in the hammocks, and kids running around them. It was heavenly, with the breeze. I think that was one of my favorite things here – just an indication of how the staff and volunteers want people to enjoy the space and not just look from afar.
About 3 years ago the garden’s large exhibit featured treehouses. They became so popular that several of the showcase pieces remain on site. My boys enjoyed exploring them – especially those resembling a cabin, pirate ship, and more.
We explored the trial veggie garden that the Master Gardeners maintain. There are frequently demonstrations and classes here.
We rode through the Matthews Nature Trail, which is home to the Wade Wharton Sculpture Trail. The sculpture pieces here are one of a kind pieces that the boys enjoyed – flowers made from shovel spades….farm animals forged from garden tools….there are even faces in the trees!
The Aquatic Center was breathtaking! The boys especially enjoyed this area of the garden with an alligator sculpture, shooting fountains, and large allium plants.
The Garden of Hope was a wonderful installation. Cancer patients and their families design installations within this garden. It was very touching.
There is also a Garden Railway, which is a G-scale train making its way through a European Village. There are over 1000 plants in here, with miniature buildings, waterfalls, bridges, and more! The boys could watch it for hours if I let them.
There is also a birding trail, dogwood trail, daylily garden, herb garden, fern garden, and much more! My boys had a blast! And here’s the kicker…we didn’t even make it into the Children’s Garden and Butterfly House. There wasn’t enough time! I’m sure that we could have stayed 4 hours or more without a complaint from them.
There is a yummy restaurant, and a great gift shop at the entrance. We had lunch at the restaurant…the chicken salad was perfect.
This is a wonderful place for the whole family. There is just as much for the adults as there is for the kids! Plan to spend one-half to one full day exploring. You won’t regret it. Locals need a season pass!
I received a complimentary tour from the Huntsville Botanical Garden in order to give you the scoop. As always, this review is honest and completely my own.
These gardens are extensive and well-maintained. It takes at least an hour to quickly stroll through, but want at least three hours to do all the activities and give the kids time to play. There are different types of gardens full of interesting plants and information. Around every corner there is a different tree house for the kids to play in. There is even a kids' garden which is more like a toddler water park. Kids with want a swimsuit and sand toys. The gift shop has a lunch cafe. It is pricey to get in, but definitely worth the family membership if you live in the area. Kids will want to go every day, and every month there are different learning activities to do.
From the Childrens Garden to the indoor butterfly pavilion to the wonderful seasonal displays, there is always something going on at the Huntsville Botanical Garden.
Our family enjoys visiting so often that we've purchased an annual pass. Highlights include the annual Scarecrow Trail, where various clubs and businesses in the community decorate a scarecrow to display. This year the garden added a fun hay bale sculptures to the mix. We also enjoy the Galaxy of Lights during the Christmas season.
For those of you with four-legged fur babies, you may enjoy knowing that the garden hosts dog days during select days in January and February where Fido is welcome to accompany you.
My teens suggest the Childrens Garden for kids of all ages, as they enjoyed relaxing in the huge Adirondack chairs and running through the dinosaur area.
Make sure that you have your camera handy, you're guaranteed to get some great shots!
We've visited there several times for summer and Christmas time. They change their theme seasonally, and it's really kids friendly place. They have a garden called "Children's Garden". We usually take swim clothes for kids to play around for summer since they have water mist and little water play areas around it. Christmas time, we visit there for "a walking day" in the night garden with lots of beautiful Christmas lights. My kids love watching and walking between those Christmas lights.