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Norfolk Botanical Garden, Norfolk

Categories: Gardens, Nature & Parks
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4.7/5 based on 650+ reviews on the web
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. Using our world travel planner, Norfolk attractions like Norfolk Botanical Garden can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • lovely every time of the year. lots of specimens which may be new to the viewer. Fields of generous numbers of many flowers. 
  • My now wife and I had our wedding October 2 2016. There were alot of things that did not go as planned. My wife was really upset... ? I understand already the venue is outside and they can not stop th...  read more »
  • They need to have a better plan for weddings if it rains. When you pay $7000 for a wedding you should be accommodated well when it rains. I am sure it rains in Norfolk alot and they have hundreds and ...  read more »
  • I come here frequently for the trails and to get away from the crowds. You can get about 4 miles out of it if you walk the perimeter. The trails are well maintained and the gardens are pretty. It's cool to sit up on the hill and watch airplanes come and go. There is a lot of ambient noise due to the neighboring airport and close proximity to highways. The driving tour of the Christmas lights gets ridiculously crowded. I recommend waiting until the end of the season when they open it up for walking. I docked them one star because I lost a month of my annual membership when they shut down to set up Lantern Asia.
  • It's ok. I wouldn't come again. I just did not see the value. The local zoo has better manicured areas, or perhaps it's the weather. The cafe is overpriced for what you get... I didn't see the value of an $8.95 small sandwich +$2- $5 for drinks. With these prices I expected more.
  • The gardens are so beautiful! At the visitors center they have a ballroom that can be reserved for events and there is a beautiful observation deck out front with a view of the gardens. We didn't even get a chance to see everything but definitely get to the Butterfly Garden and the little waterpark for kids. Spring time is definitely when you'll get the most out of it.
  • The Norfolk Botanical Gardens are well planned and have several special events each year. The Garden of Lights Christmas presentation is a drive through event that is well worth it. Membership allows access to the walking trails that are used daily for exercise. They also have a children's area and regular workshops. I gave it 3 stars simply because it is too perfectly trimmed for my taste. If you prefer well structured gardens, you will love it!
  • Went here for the first time in the summer and I surely regret not making it here more often! What an absolutely beautiful job the staff and ground crews do to keep the place looking fantastic! Some highlights included the rose garden, butterfly house/wildflowers, the fountain garden, and the flowering trees. They also have a really nice Japanese garden that was quite lovely as well, and very peaceful. If you come here prepare to do a lot of walking! This place is quite expansive with lots of paved trails as well as a couple hiking loops as well. There is also the option to take a boat tour around the canals, but I believe there is a cost with that. And if you're not up for all the walking there are trolleys that can tour guests around throughout the park. This place is great for families, couples, or even friends just looking to get out and enjoy nature. There is a nice little gift shop in the main building and a quaint cafe near the Japanese garden. Another thing I really enjoyed is that there are drinking fountains spread out around the park so if you need some water it is always within short walking distance! And there are plenty of restroom facilities around where you won't find yourself having to walk long distances to use one. I also recommend you come see their Christmas light display during the winter, it's well worth the cost and all you do is simply drive around the grounds in your vehicle looking at beautiful elaborate lighting displays!
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