Check website for a wide variety of family programs such as the Green Hour (an environmental exploration of the Garden) to Paws to Read (a program to help improve kids reading skills.)
Tram tours available free with admission. Check website for schedule.
The Garden Cafe is open April to October, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
Our family has visited the Norfolk Botanical Gardens in the spring and the flowers are just amazing, they are so beautiful. We have also visited for the lights during Christmas, very worth the time/money and in our opinion better than the one at the beach. They have activities for the children and some water activities they can participate in. If you have a person who cannot walk they have a tram available for sightseeing the Gardens.
I live here in Norfolk, and I love, love, love taking my kids to the Botanical Garden! Beautiful flowers, great assortment, wonderful tours. And in the winter the Christmas light display is absolutely beautiful, much better in my opinion, than the one on the beach.
We visited here this summer and loved it! At the time they were having a storybook event. They had part of the "forest" there built up like different story books. Each book had a little house with activities for the kids. I know it was a seasonal thing but I am sure they do neat things like this more. The flowers were really nice and there was a tram that takes you around if you don't want to walk all the way around. There is also a really nice water area for the kids.
Botanical Gardens is FUN for all! They have several trails you can take to explore the gardens or if you are not one to walk, you can take the tram ride. There is even a children's section called World of Wonders and the children can play in the water fountains, explore the plants, pretend play in the tree house, garden house or even climb the rope ladder and go down the slide. BG also offers classes for children and adults and has a cafe/gift shop as well.
This don’t-miss spot outside downtown Norfolk has, in season, 155 acres of garden blooms, including the East Coast’s largest collections of azaleas, camellias, roses, and rhododendrons. Stroll along 12 miles of garden pathways through more than thirty theme gardens. Kids, especially preschool ones, enjoy the canal boat, the tram tours, and the Kritter Crawlers painted to resemble ladybugs.
The Family Fun Backpack, available upon request, provides kids with information and materials to use in the butterfly garden. Special events include History Alive! weekends, garden illuminations (Garden of Light), and Family Sleepovers. Bike Nights in the spring and summer let families pedal through the petals. (Bikes not provided.)
World of Wonders—A Children’s Adventure Garden opened in 2006. This imaginative facility includes a walk-through world map with oceans kids can splash in, an international sundial, and a Plantitheater for productions of child-oriented music and shows.