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Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver
(4.7/5 based on 3,400+ reviews on the web)
Experience the varied ecosystems of Colorado at Denver Botanic Gardens, an oasis in the center of the Mile High City and one of the first botanical gardens in the United States to focus on native plants. The 9.7 hectare (23 acre) park is home to seven different gardens and boasts the largest collection of plants in North America from cold temperature areas across the globe. With visiting exhibits, a sunken amphitheater for concerts, and two additional satellite locations, at Chatfield and Mount Goliath, there is always a new reason to visit these historical gardens. Our Denver itinerary builder makes visiting Denver Botanic Gardens and other Denver attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • great place to spend quality, leisurely time. i went there alone and had the best time looking around. 
  • Denver's botanical gardens is a great place to spend an afternoon. Beautiful grounds and even better when they host special artists. 
  • Even though it was fall and the flowers weren't blooming, this place was worth visiting. If your up for wandering around it's awesome, maybe even bring a book or just sit down and enjoy the scenery. E...  more »
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  • Beautiful island of nature in the city! You should definitely spend couple of hours here and just walk around. Make sure you sit on the random benches to watch and listen nature. This place also has very good food options and cute gift shop! A must see in Denver!
  • Bought tickets for this year's Ghost in the Gardens as I was led to believe these tours were largely historical in nature (was really hoping to learn more about City Cemetery and DBG's own history residing on top of this graveyard) and was pretty bummed to learn once we arrived that only one of the four guides that night was a historian, while the remaining three were just employees or actors there who had "he said, she said" stories to tell about ghosts. Fortunately, we were allowed to choose whatever tour guide we wanted. Unfortunately, there were only so many slots allowed per group and we didn't move fast enough to make it into the historian's tour group, which meant we were left with with an actor telling us "scary stories" about things that have happened to past employees while we walked around in the cold dark park. Total bummer. Not worth $25/ticket. We left early and won't be doing this again. One last thing: they show a video compilation before the tours begin which features local news clips and stories from employees about ghosts and the bodies that have been dug up on the grounds over the years. This video is horrendous and it's clear the money they're making from ticket sales isn't going into producing a more professional video. If you're hearing impaired (as I am) you won't be able to hear much as whomever created this thing set the "creepy" background music as loud as the people talking making it nearly impossible to hear what they're saying. Also, the ghost footage is pretty horrible and I couldn't tell at all what I was supposed to be looking at, as there were no indicators when this video was made. Overall, a disappointing experience and this was my first time at the Gardens.
  • WOW!!! This botanical garden is the BEST one I've been to yet! Amazingly beautiful; so large that it contains all sorts and types of gardens ranging from French Renascence Gardens, Elizabethan Era Gardens, Water Gardens, Shady Gardens, to Gardens of the West, Internationally Inspired, Ornamental flowers and foliage, Herb, Cactus, Ornamental Grasses, Alpine, Tropical Jungle Conservatory, Oak Groves, South African, Victorian, and "Romantic" Gardens! That's just to name the few that comes to mind! :D The entire park is a romantic getaway that you wouldn't think you would find right in the center of Denver, you simply forget where you are while your strolling through this place. We saw a handful of families that were on-point when they planned their visit with a full picnic. WE definitely are looking forward to taking our picnic with us next time, too! I recommend this place for everyone, even if someone isn't crazy about nature... These gardens showcase nature in such a way it will mesmerize you and take you back to simpler times!!! Just set aside plenty of time for your day hike. We went thinking to set aside 2 to 3 hours for this and after 5 hours realized we want to come back to properly enjoy this with a picnic. Its hard to get tired of all the beauty, scent's, tastes of the edibles, and the feel of some of the most velvet like foliage!
  • I couldn't believe how expansive and stunning this place was when I fist walked in! It was magical. I highly recommend taking a date or even taking YOURSELF on a date here to clear the head, take some insane photos, and really enjoy the beauty of all that nature has to offer.
  • I love this place! A wonderful way to spend a couple hours wondering through the gardens. The volunteers are fantastic and very helpful. The gift shop is very reasonably priced and has lots of fun items for you and as gifts.