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Royal Botanical Gardens, Burlington
(4.2/5 based on 500+ reviews on the web)
Explore the plant life of Canada on a visit to Royal Botanical Gardens, a large plot of sculpted and cultivated land. Occupying an area of 980 hectares (2,422 acres), the gardens collect a large variety of wild plants of over 1,100 species, including the bashful bulrush--found nowhere else in the country--and the endangered red mulberry. Neatly landscaped with lakes, ponds, rock gardens, and herb gardens, the park offers many pleasant walking routes across its expanse. A visitor center provides a welcome introduction to both the country's natural heritage and the important conservation and scientific work performed here. For Royal Botanical Gardens and beyond, use our Burlington holiday planner to get the most from your Burlington vacation.
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  • This is a must visit. The gardens are great, beautiful landscaping with ponds, stone gardens and many more. Great floral setups and beautiful from the beginning of spring to the end of fall. 
  • Fantastic renovations. Great new floral, shrubbery and pond displays. Good for the entire family to see nature. 
  • I visited the gardens, which are in my own community one summer day with a visitor from Italy. Given that is was the summer, I expected glorious gardens but instead found the gardens quite haphazard a...  more »
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  • We quite enjoy visiting the Royal Botanical Gardens. It's a little bit of a drive for us, but well worth the trip. Loads of interesting programs, events and educational courses. Lovely gardens, walking trails and green space. A nice little day trip to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
  • Two words are needed - "Just go!". The grounds are lovely and mostly well maintained, admission is quite affordable and covers a huge number of areas to see. The Rock Garden is the highlight for me, must see. On the flip side, food at all locations is overpriced and not very good, and staff could be more attentive at the Tea garden.
  • The first question asked when we entered was, "Are you members?" Immediately when I said No, the timbre of the conversation changed and we were rushed through without additional questions or help offered, other than the most basic service required to get us on our way. I _had_ wanted to pay and tour before deciding on membership. We ended up only hiking instead, which brings up the next point. Unless you've never been in the wilderness before, I'd suggest choosing somewhere else to hike. There are plenty of better experiences within an hour's drive if you want to see actual nature. (Unless you're there for a bird to fly to your hand for food.) The trails have potential, but are plainly a groomed experience with chainsawed trees in plain view, etc. as opposed to actually experiencing a piece of the wild.
  • This is a jewel in the crown of SW Ontario. Beautiful, expansive gardens that are well worth the drive from any reasonable distance. Admission is not cheap but if you keep an eye out, there are promotions that bring costs within easier reach. The kids events have all been fun and the playground is safe and well constructed. The garden cafe serves a decent lunch at a reasonable price. If you're suffering from the winter bla's, warming up in the greenhouse is a great way to get your mojo back.
  • Very beautiful. Worth a visit. Bit expensive ($16 for an adult) for a short visit, but that rate gets you into all the gardens so if you make a half day of it, that would help. Love the new renovations and it is very doable with a stroller, but it's best if you can go up and down some of the stairs to see more of it.