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Garvan Woodland Gardens, Hot Springs
(4.7/5 based on 1,400+ reviews on the web)
Built along the water, Garvan Woodland Gardens features bridges, waterfalls, and 18 theme areas. You can meditate in an Asian garden or walk across the sunset bridge. A children’s adventure park is designed to bring kids closer to nature. Anthony Chapel, with floor-to-ceiling glass walls, is a popular wedding venue. There are many ADA accessible trails, and the whole garden is pet friendly. For Garvan Woodland Gardens and beyond, use our Hot Springs trip itinerary builder to get the most from your Hot Springs vacation.
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TripAdvisor
  • The worse thing about Garvan Gardens is their marketing--this place is a treasure that few people know about. I guess the University of Arkansas (which runs this place) does understand the concept of ...  more »
  • There are many paths to walk through. The grounds are very well maintained and we loved navigating through the various sections that ranged from a Japanese garden to where the tooth fairy lives. They ...  more »
  • Just a few minutes from downtown Hot Springs, these gardens are a refreshing break on a long trip. Beautiful plantings and landscaping, scenic views of the lake, and a very nice cafe for lunch. So gla...  more »
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  • This was an amazing place to spend an entire day. I came to the gardens thinking it would be a quick trip, but my family ended up spending the whole day here because it was so much fun. The best part is that dogs are allowed, so we brought our golden retriever (on a leash), and she had an absolute blast exploring the gardens. The gardens are incredibly well-maintained, and the staff is so friendly and helpful. You definitely get all your money's worth here. They even provided a complimentary wheelchair for my grandmother who couldn't walk through the entire garden. Even though it was a hot day, the gardens have restrooms with water fountains spread throughout the park (with water bowls for dogs too), so it was easy to cool off. If you ever need a day to recharge in nature, I highly recommend you give Garvan Gardens a try.
  • Great garden with large old trees and beautifully cultivated garden. The model train exhibits are to die for. Makes for a good view during fall.
  • The Gardens are gorgeous and a very popular location for weddings. There's more there than what I got to see and experience, including a cafĂ©. The parking lot is a little confusing with a lot of poorly marked one-way flows, though. Definitely worth spending a nice afternoon wandering around and it's very picturesque.
  • Wonderful place to visit, lots of history behind it and many wonderful exhibits to see, my favorite is the fairy garden for sure!!!!! With the private funding could use some water misters along the walk and for people that can do the walk should only have to pay an extra 10 for golf cart unless you arent going to hurry the person and enjoy the sites alittle longer. Also the for the money they are getting from private funding for projects should find a different contractor for some things did not get done and I know it could have with the budget/monies at hand. Go during spring or fall would not recommend during summer not enough blooming flowers.
  • I first wandered to this garden 10 years ago. I originally wanted to see Thorncrown Chapel (E. Fay Jones), but I didn't have much time to venture that far north. I settled on visiting Anthony Chapel and was pleasantly surprised. Beautiful chapel next to a beautiful garden. Everything is well kept and the place has grown/expanded a lot over the years. There is also a nice children's area where they can climb and explore. This is one of my favorite places to visit in Arkansas. The chapel is not always open to the public. It's roped off during maintenance, cleanings, or if there is a private event scheduled. If you plan on visiting the chapel, you may want to call first to see if it's open.