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Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham

(4.6/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web)
Birmingham Botanical Gardens is Alabama's largest living museum with 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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  • I’m not sure what draws me to gardens. Maybe some longing to be as a child again in the company of my parents. They would often drag me and my siblings to Lincoln Park in Chicago to stroll among the f...  more »
  • Even though it was winter and there was not alot in bloom, the garden was beautiful. I never realized how many different varieties of plants there are. Large garden and enjoyable to walk around.  more »
  • I had a bout 45 minutes to see this place before I left town. So glad I stopped in. You could definitely spend an hour or more here. The best part? IT's FREE! Bring the kids, walk around and just enjo...  more »
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  • I have been to many apothicaries and this one is high class. a very impressive restaurant is located at the entrance with food that will knock your socks off. the greenhouse is to die for. i thought of setting up camp there and not leaving till they made me. ;-)
  • Very disappointed. Plants were dead. Not a well kept up place. Also saw a snake.
  • Stopped here and was not disappointed. The grounds are beautifully laid-out and well-maintained. I was traveling alone on a weekday and, although I saw a few families with young children, it was not crowded. Even saw a beautiful hawk flying in the trees! The gift shop is lovely with friendly, helpful staff. All that, AND it's free!! I would return here, it's a great way to spend a few hours...
  • Public gardens with free admission. Different areas to walk through with the plants and scenery setup to follow a theme. The main greenhouse has been undergoing a long needed update so sometimes you might not get to go through it. The oriental gardens likewise is being renovated so some paths may be closed.
  • It's free. Great paths to walk. Beautiful gardens/flowers/local and exotic plants. A must do in Birmingham.