Missouri Botanical Garden, Saint Louis

4.8
#2 of 139 in Parks in Missouri
One of the oldest botanical institutions in the United States, Missouri Botanical Garden is a National Historic Landmark. Explore its 32 hectares (79 acres) of plant displays, and savor the peace of this city oasis. Stroll through the serene Japanese garden, one of the largest of its kind in North America, and relax among waterfalls, small beaches, and Asian flowers. In the Climatron, a large geodesic dome, discover a tropical rainforest and an aquarium of exotic fish. Hop aboard the garden's tram to take in the sights from a different vantage point. This 25 to 30 minute tour reveals more about the different plants, sculptures, and buildings. Picnics are not permitted; instead, you can visit any of several on-site cafes. Add Missouri Botanical Garden and other attractions to your Saint Louis trip itinerary using our Saint Louis vacation planner.
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  • August 14, 2017
    An amazing botanical garden that is well worth a stop! We started with a lunch at the restaurant in the main building - at Sassafras - and it was delightful. Gardens are exceptionally well maintained ...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    My husband and I came for the fused glass exhibit, and were mesmerized by the beautiful display. Fortunately we got there early so we had no trouble getting in (latecomers were turned away - sold out)...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Amazingly many to wander through completely different "gardens in the garden", extensively and still comfortably. Pure relaxation! Do not miss.
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  • June 14, 2017
    I've been to botanical gardens all over the country, and still my hometown has my favorite. The Japanese garden never ceases to make me stop and just soak in how truly beautiful it is. There is always great cultural events held there like the Chinese lantern festival or the Japanese festival. There are constantly art exhibits too, if you've never been to art in bloom or the orchid show then you're missing out. In the summer there's free live music festivals every Wednesday that gets the whole community together to come bring snacks and hang out after dark in the garden. Truly blessed to live within walking distance :)
  • July 10, 2017
    A beautiful place which is very well maintained and organized. People who likes plants, nature and gardens, this is the best place to bring them. you could literally spend hours here, there's so much to look around. there is even a store inside where you could buy plants and other souvenir items. plants are decently priced. would definitely come here often.
  • June 11, 2017
    It's really nice garden. truly heart touching. the water areas, flowers, different varieties of trees, fountains.... the Japanese garden is so very beautiful. no words to describe. the climatron, Grove tower, temperate house everything. Just carry lots of fluids, also food. you get around to see varieties of flowers,.... the blueberry, gooseberry, strawberry, blackberry garden is so cute. Just follow the map. it's all in Sectioned Garden wise. Do not miss any garden. Worth watch everything. I'm sure you will love a lot. Absolutely wonderful Gardens
  • July 8, 2017
    A very nice facility, with a huge variety of plants. There's a lot of indoor variety as well, so you can stay busy even in the heat. This Botanical Garden can definitely take more than a day to thoroughly explore. Staff is friendly and helpful as well. Pricing is fair.
  • May 23, 2017
    Possibly the biggest botanical garden that I've ever been to in any city. The gardens are massive, taking several city blocks. Expect to stay here for at least a few hours, and then only seeing the big highlights of the gardens. There is so much to see here and well worth the admission price. If you're a STL resident, be a member and help support this amazing place. The gardens also hosts events days and evenings which make this even better.

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