Missouri Botanical Garden, Saint Louis

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#2 of 140 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. Plan to visit Missouri Botanical Garden during your Saint Louis vacation using our convenient Saint Louis trip itinerary planning tool .
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  • We went here on a cold Saturday. The great thing was it wasn't crowded at all. Of course not much to see outside in January but the indoor exhibits were really good with a tropical feel. They also had...  more »
  • Our first visit to the Missouri Botanical Garden was this Christmas with the “Garden Glow”. It was beautiful! It was also very cold for us. The cold was abated with Hot Cocoa and a visit into the hous...  more »
  • Being a landscape lover, I appreciate the beauty of architecture of botany and sculpture. This place is really fascinating and will not disappoint. Put this on your bucket list today.  more »
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  • Great atmosphere! There were a lot of people there, but the Gardens has a pretty good system in place to keep the flow going. Staff was friendly and helpful. Lights were awesome. My favorite part had to be near the end. Going through the section of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" started out cute, looking for each next "day". The last few were interactive, something children (and us grown up kids) could touch. The last one, the "twelve drummers drumming" had twelve drums for all to play. Neat way to end the journey!
  • It was very windy and cold. I would never have missed seeing the display on the grounds. Very beautiful and right. The stand in snow globe was wonderful. The lights amazing. The giant Blue 🌲 was a star catcher. The personal were very friendly and knowledgeable. We took our time and it was more then we expected. The inside train exhibit was really crafted towns and was very realistic. A real great experience for our family. I look forward to going there often. Rain, cold, windy,or hot. The garden always amazed our family and friends with their production. Simply wonderful.
  • Definitely take an initial tour with a docent, if your able. My guide was knowledgable and enthusiastic. He shared a lot about the history and the founder of the Botanical Gardens with us. Since it was so very cold my tour mostly consisted of the three conservatories--which was perfect. Everything was fascinating to me, from the cacti and succulents to the tropical plants and the Moor inspired fountain. I'll be going back in February to see the orchids (indoors!).
  • This is one of the most beautiful, relaxing and enjoyable gardens. So much to look at like many different gardens, tram rides ( extra price but, helpful with small children) many historical homes and artifacts on the property. Even Henry Shaw is buried here! You can spend many hours here and still need to comeback to see it all. Missouri Botanical gardens also offers events that you can pay for like Fest of Ale, Best of Missouri market, Garden Glow, Spirits in the Garden, The Japanese Festival and many more throughout the year! Concerts in the park in the summer on Wednesday evenings as well. There is a fee for non members but, well worth it. Great gift shop if you're really into plants and such with unique items for you and home. You will not be disappointed to visit here. Also the walking is extra exercise :) Enjoy!
  • A beautiful park in the middle of urban St. Louis life. The garden offers a peaceful respite to some of the hustle and bustle with multiple acres of well-manicured plants, trees, water features, and rock gardens. My kids love to run and play and especially feed the large koi fish in the garden's largest pond. There are special events throughout the year, with the holiday Garden Glow a definite highlight. Normal admission is free for St. Louis county residents on Wednesday and Saturday mornings, and the cost is reasonable at other times. Great place to visit in St. Louis!

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