National Parks / Natural World
Missouri Botanical Garden St Louis
Where are we going today?
Why not spend your family day out surrounded by beautiful gardens, colorful flowers and amazing sights and smells!
Missouri Botanical Garden is actually on the National Historic Landmark registry - that's pretty impressive! Want to know why? It was actually founded in 1859, and is the country's OLDEST botanical garden that has been in continuous operation. How amazing is that!
Kids will love spending time looking at all the amazing species of flowers and plants, and being surrounded by nature that can really develop and heighten all their senses. It's currently the center for botanical research, as well as science education, so it's a great place that's doing good as well as giving your family a great family day out option!
Find the hidden oasis in St. Louis! Did you even think there was 79 acres of beautiful gardens hidden in there? There is! There is even a 14 acre beautiful Japanese garden to stroll through - and introduce kids to a whole new culture.
There is the historic homes, including the 1849 home of Henry Shaw, and there is even an authentic Victoria Garden with a labyrinth maze - how cool is that!
Let's not forget about the children's garden! The Missouri Botanical Garden has thought of everything! Open from April to October, this is THE place for kids to pretend, discover, search, observe and explore. There are hands-on activities daily, which will allow them to learn about plants, sustainability, and nature.
If it gets too hot there is even a Splash Area in the garden - too COOL!
So get that family out into the beautiful nature of Missouri - and don't forget those spare clothes after the Splash Area visit!
How much does it cost?
- Children$5 childrens garden (Ages 3 - 12)
- Free Under: 12 years for the garden. Under 2 years / Over 13 years for children's garden
When can we go?
9am - 5pm daily. early morning hours 7am - 9am (grounds only)
All year round.
There are programs for kids and families, as well as schools! Give them a call to chat about what's available, because there are programs that are age appropriate too. .
There are a number of places to eat, with cafes that are filled with tasty lunches and treats .
You will be sure there are salads and sandwiches in the cafes. Take note that some might be seasonal openings. .
Any Top Tips?
The splash area is turned on if it gets to 70 degrees or over .
Doing our bit
They are all about nature and education, so they are very pro planet! .
Need a little extra help?
There are a limited number of manual wheelchairs available for free on a first come basis. Assistance animals are allowed on a leash, and there are areas in the gardens that are accessible. .
Can I get one of those?
There are a couple of shops for you to where you can get plants, and antiques that you can take home for your home. .
If you're a garden member then the kids garden is free Tuesdays ALL DAY, and Saturdays 9am - Noon! .
What people are saying?
by debra k
Every time I go to the gardens, I wonder why I don't come more often. So peaceful, informative and lovely. I always feel like I'm in another country when I visit without being in another country.
Also, based on previous comment, I have never had anything but the most positive interactions with all staff members including gift shop, Sassafras, garden personnel etc in person or on the phone....they are the most giving, informative people I have ever met and I appreciate it.
by Amanda Meyer
Hands-down one of my favorite places in Saint Louis. Can't visit here without feeling more relaxed and happy. Reflecting ponds and Chinese Garden are my favorite spots!
by Tabitha Wilson
The gardens are really beautiful. The staff is really rude though. All interactions I had with people that worked there were unpleasant with the exception of a nice sales associate in the main gift shop.
by Manuel Colón
You would spend a whole day here. So much to see, so much to enjoy. There are functional pieces (home garden type of stuff) and beautiful ornaments (Japanese gardens) to enjoy. On Saturdays before noon, residents of St. Louis get in free and can bring in guests. Not sure the regular price, but such a great way to start your morning.
by Amanda Blinebry
This place is amazing. I live close by and visit every week when the weather allows. It seems I discover something new every time I go! It has become one of my favorite places to be.