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Children's Garden, Sarasota

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TripAdvisor
  • Took our 3 yr old granddaughter as an alternative to the Jungle Gardens. She enjoyed it starting with the dress up house. Pirates ship , Hobbitville and the 7 dwarfs house were her highlights. Reasona...  more »
  • I just discovered this charming and creative garden when looking to entertain my 5 year old granddaughter. She loved it and raced around from place to place but her favorite spot was the tree house. I...  more »
  • If you have small children 4/5 and under, this is the place for you. 6 and up might be bored. Open Tues-Sun 10am to 5pm, 2 and under free, 3-12yrs 5+ tax, teen-adult 10+tax,60+seniors 9+tax. Parking i...  more »
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  • The Children's Garden is an elaborate playground that any kid will love. There are plenty of fun areas and nooks to explore, and much of the garden is shaded, so parents don't have to broil away under the hot sun. The garden is enclosed by a fence, so you can just let the kids run all over without having to monitor them much, and that's nice. This is an excellent spot for children's birthday parties as there is an area with multiple picnic tables, and some other assorted tables and seating. While exploring, your kids will find a costume room, story room, hobbit huts, a pirate ship, a big sandy area ruled by an octopus, a little hedge maze, tire mountain with rope swing, etc. Small toddlers (like my two year old) need a little bit of watching, but nothing seems unsafe to me. The only downside to this place is that parents have to pay ten dollars each to get in. My husband and I have never been here together, because we don't want to pay $25 to sit around gazing blankly off into space. It's just a big playground, and I prefer to let my little one engage in free play on her own rather than have me hovering around, so basically I'm sitting there doing nothing. It's nice to come here with other friends with kids, so that we can chat a little, but on the other hand we frequent other locations that are either free or offer a little more of interest to adults. We have so many memberships around here (Mote, Ringling, Save Our Seabirds, Selby, South Florida Museum, Tampa Aquarium) that I'm currently debating whether one from The Children's Garden is worth adding to the pile.
  • If you are traveling with kids this is a nice place to take them. Sarasota can get very hot!!!!! But this pace had nice shaded play areas for the kids and shaded seating areas for the adults. When we got there my daughter spotted a raccoon, that made her day. (Don't worry, the raccoon won't bother you)
  • Our 7 year old granddaughter is visiting from Kentucky and we wanted to entertain her with something that doesn't involve computer/phone screens and structured activities. She and our 11 year old friend were dubious and reluctant about the Children's Garden until we arrived. Everyone LOVED it! It's wonderful to have a place where children can play by using THEIR imagination. This is a real gem!
  • Whimsical secret garden in the least expected place! Great place to bring the kiddos to play and develop their imaginations. Pack bug spray, a snack, and some drinks for hours of fun. A little gem hidden away blocks from downtown. Needs a little upkeep around the pond but they are constantly doing stuff to educate and expand little minds. So happy we found them :)
  • I didn't know what to expect because going there with my kids was a pretty spontaneous thing. (what? You can be spontaneous with kids ?!?!) However, along with my super excited boys, I felt my inner child come out to play as well, and it was truly magical!