Norfolk Botanical Garden, Norfolk

4.7
#1 of 6 in Parks in Norfolk
Walk, take a tram, or boat your way through Norfolk Botanical Garden. These gardens are listed as a Virginia Historic Landmark and are on the National Register of Historic Places. They originally opened in 1938 on 30 hectares (75 acres) of land, though today they are slightly smaller due to the nearby airport. With 19.3 km (12 mi) of walking paths, you can visit the Bicentennial Rose Garden, Japanese Garden, and English-style Border Walk, among many other landscape-themed gardens. Seasonal tours via tram or boat offer information about the habitat around Lake Whitehurst, or you can use the self-guided cell phone tour as you pass numbered signs within the gardens. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Norfolk holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Norfolk Botanical Garden and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • If you are up for strolling, there a so many path's to walk. If you have children, there are two play areas--one built of sand and one with spurting water and interesting kiddy areas. Their is a Japan...  more »
  • The NBG is a beautiful space to unwind and I really enjoyed riding my bike there during the times it is allowed...late summer/early fall.  more »
  • This was my 4th time doing the garden. The actual theme of the lights doesn't change but somehow it doesnt get old. I have done both the million bulb walk which is the wAlk through version of the ligh...  more »
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  • This is probably the best botanical gardens we have visited. They take great pride in the care of there gardens. There are so many beautiful flowers ferns and trees and plants. There is a beautiful picture to be taken no matter where you are. There are several places to stop rest relax and enjoy God's beauty.
  • Absolutely gorgeous! I wish the azaleas were in bloom but there was still so much to see even this time of year before spring is really in bloom. The Japanese garden is beautiful any time of year! This is a great place to take children...just bring a stroller if they don't like long walks! There is a spot on top of the hill once you enter that has a viewing area for planes taking off and landing at ORF. The air traffic control is miked up so you can hear the planes get the go ahead too. Pretty cool place for a picnic!
  • Lantern Asian show was a little hokie. It is like a tourist show of Asian culture but like Christmas lights an enjoyable evening. And one can see the reverence they have for food as something which gives us life. There is a lantern of the cabbage. And seeing animals not as just pest but creatures with admirable qualities. See the panel for the rat.
  • It's beautiful. In the summer there is a water fountain park. There are a lot of beautiful flowers to see and a little park. Lots of space to walk and things to see there is a butterfly house that is pretty cool. I wish it weren't so far I'd go more often. I bought a membership which is a pretty good price.
  • This review is purely for the Christmas lights (driving). Our first mistake was going on a Saturday night. However, we were only in town for a few days and that was the only day we could go. After reading that this was one of the top twenty Christmas attractions anywhere we figured it must be incredible! The lights themselves were very nice. There displays were well done. However, the whole experience was incredibly stressful and time consuming. We waited in line for almost two hours! The whole experience took two and a half hours! One of the major problems is waiting for credit cards to be processed. This is part of what creates tremendously long lines. Please bring cash. It should be noted that the experience is pricey (considering there were only two people in the vehicle). There is only one bathroom stop along the way and it was an hour plus wait into the experience. Many people were leaving their headlights on which makes enjoying the lights very difficult. The cars were all breaking throughout the entire drive! All we could see were bright red taillights in front of us. Unfortunately, the experience over all was very poor. We appreciated the creativity and beauty. However, the experience was too stressful to return.
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