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Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham

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Birmingham Botanical Gardens was named one of the top three free attractions in America in 2016 by USA Today. It has more than 12,000 different plants in its living collections. The Gardens' 67.5 acres contains 27 unique gardens, 30+ works of original outdoor sculpture and miles of serene paths.

The Gardens features the largest public horticulture library in the U.S., conservatories, a wildflower garden, two rose gardens, the Southern Living garden, and Japanese Gardens with a traditionally crafted tea house. Education programs run year round and over 10,000 school children enjoy free science-curriculum based field trips annually.

Birmingham Botanical Gardens, the most visited free attraction in Alabama, is open daily from sunrise to sunset, offering free admission to more than 350,000 yearly visitors.
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  • Fantastic trip for our holiday group. Our tour guide was fantastic, went into lots of detail with the children and made us all comfortable. The animal handling session was great, and the grounds as... 
    Fantastic trip for our holiday group. Our tour guide was fantastic, went into lots of detail with the children and made us all comfortable. The animal handling session was great, and the grounds as...  more »
  • These wonderful free gardens are well maintained. It’s a great place to walk as it has hills. I love that some plants are labeled. The volunteer working in the Japanese Gardens were very... 
    These wonderful free gardens are well maintained. It’s a great place to walk as it has hills. I love that some plants are labeled. The volunteer working in the Japanese Gardens were very...  more »
  • As out-of-town visitors, we were floored that these Botanical Gardens were free. They were huge and beautiful, with about 20 different areas within the gardens (including a Japanese garden... 
    As out-of-town visitors, we were floored that these Botanical Gardens were free. They were huge and beautiful, with about 20 different areas within the gardens (including a Japanese garden...  more »
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  • We really enjoyed our trip. There was plenty to see, the benches were nice swings, a big variety of plants looked healthy and taken care of. It is right next to a busy road, so some parts can be fairly noisy. But overall it's a very enjoyable experience. They have a couple of different public bathrooms and some vending machines for quick drinks. Plenty of shady areas to enjoy the scenery. We didn't try the cafe, but there is one there that serves lunch. There's no entrance fee, but they do ask for donations. It's also mostly wheelchair accessible everywhere. Even the gravel paths aren't too bad.
  • This is a beautiful place to spend the day. I can't wait to come back thru in the spring and catch some of the blooms that I missed by being there later in the year. Free parking and free admission and great views, you can't ask for much more. Spend the day walking the paths and sitting by one of the fountains and just enjoy nature.
  • Such a wonderful place to come and enjoy a beautiful Birmingham day. It’s always peaceful and nice here in pretty much any season. I love the Japanese section of the gardens and the boardwalk through the bamboo is very well done. Also don’t miss the moon tree next to the rose garden near the entrance. I feel like every time we come we discover a new section of the gardens. I highly recommend.
  • WOW, WOW, WOW! I never knew there were FREE botanical gardens until I stumbled upon this place! I only had an hour to spend here, so I went to the Japanese garden and the conservatory and they were both beautiful. I am so glad I stopped here because it is so stunning and free (even free to park). I would 100% recommend this place for a fun trip or a date. I hope to come back soon. :)
  • This is a very magical place! We stopped in early April so not all things were in bloom but the Rhododendrons were spectacular. The place is huge so make sure you have walking shoes on. We learned so much! Looking forward to visiting during the different seasons. Pics- my husband found two pencils on a path and they made for some cute pictures.

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