Cleveland Botanical Garden, Cleveland

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Explore a greenhouse simulating the climate of the Madagascar desert, featuring the plants native to the region, including the Madagascar Ocotillo, at Cleveland Botanical Garden. Stroll through the greenhouse stimulating a Costa Rican rainforest, filled with waterfalls and thousands of butterflies. There are 20 gardens featured, with hidden paths between them and a shaded boardwalk. The children's garden features a tree house, frog-filled pond, fountains to run through, and a garden with plants kids can water. You'll want to visit the Guren Art Gallery every time you come, as it features regularly changing works by local and national artists, all of which are inspired by the botanical and natural worlds. To visit Cleveland Botanical Garden on your trip to Cleveland, use our Cleveland online trip itinerary planner .
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  • We visited the Botancal Garden during the Christmas season, so were treated to the many decorated trees and gingerbread houses. We were not able to enjoy the outside gardens, Saw all exhibits while we...  more »
  • Good presentations by staff of animal details and butterfly release. Gift shop had quite a few interesting items as well.  more »
  • Visited on a hot summer day and spent about 2 hours exploring the grounds and interior exhibits. It it had been cooler, I'm sure we would have spent more time in the gardens, but it was just too hot t...  more »
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  • I've only ever been to the botanical garden for Glow in the winter. It used to be a really cool event with tons of extremely impressive gingerbread houses on display but not so much anymore. I've gone to it fine years in a row now. The first two were really good, but it's been going downhill every since. I won't be going back again. It's not worth paying $16 plus parking to see a few mediocre gingerbread houses. There isn't a whole lot inside — just a small conservatory which isn't really decorated for Christmas. I have heard the garden is quite pretty outside in the spring and summer so I may try to come back at a different time to check it out.
  • A great institution showcasing both native Ohio plants and biomedical from around the world. The indoor exhibits show two different climates and the outdoor areas have plenty of diverse trees, shrubs, herbs, flowers, and gardens. During the winter, the Glow holiday exhibit is a wonderful place to bring the family. I would highly recommend for anyone who appreciates gardening or wants to spend a few enjoyable hours strolling through the gardens.
  • The Cleveland Botanical Garden was such a pleasant surprise. There were so many unexpected things like live animals and multiple levels of exotic plants and beautiful flowers. We went during GLOW and they had outdoor lights, Christmas decorations from the community, and live music! It is such a fun place for the whole family.
  • This is a beautiful botanical garden that is free for most of the local university students. The enclosed areas are nice to walk through and the butterfly and bird enclosure feels so realistic. There is also a a small art selection that is really nice as well. If you go when the weather is nice, the outdoor gardens are massive and beautiful. There is also a nice small gift shop.
  • GLOW at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens is a must-see for everybody young or old. Many, many Christmas trees decorated in various fashion and easily a hundred or more gingerbread houses created by kids and adults on display. A must-see during the holiday season!

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