National Parks / Natural World
Norfolk Botanical Garden Norfolk
Where are we going today?
If you love spending time in nature, then you might just want to take a visit to the Norfolk Botanical Garden!
This little patch of nature in Norfolk is 155 acres of colorful gardens and plants, perfect for teaching kids all about the environment and our plants.
The Norfolk Botanical Garden has 5 year round gardens, including a beautiful Japanese Garden, as well as a sensory garden, which kids love because of the colors and smells. There are also Spring gardens, including a Colonial Herb Garden, and an Enchanted Forest where you can stroll through the woodland trails. You might feel you are in a storybook!
Fall gardens are perfect if you want to surrounded yourself with beautiful butterflies in the Butterfly Garden, and the oldest part of the garden is Mirror Lake, with a paved road that will lead you through azaleas and mountain laurels!
The, the Summer gardens include (most importantly for the kids!) the WOW Children's Garden, which is three acres just for families and kids! There are several areas, each with different interactive lessons.
On those warmer days in summer, the kids can enjoy the World Plaza too where they can splash their way around the world! There are fountains, foggers, bubblers and jet sprays all ready to cool them down!
The Norfolk Botanical Garden even has family programs including bike nights and guided kayak tours, so make sure you check the schedule so you don't miss out!
Nature fun for all at this beautiful piece of nature in Norfolk!
How much does it cost?
- Children$9 (Ages 3 to 18)
- Free Under: 2 years with adult
When can we go?
9am open. 7pm close April to Oct / 5pm close rest of year
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years
They have a number of educational programs - all age appropriate - so you can select the best ones for your students. .
They offer a bistro style lunch at the cafe open Thurs - Sunday. They have a garden inspired menu!.
The cafe has healthy options or you can bring your own lunch and enjoy a picnic!.
Any Top Tips?
Check out the programs and tour opinions - there are a number to choose from and great for the family!.
Doing our bit
Their mission is to research and protect the environment, and educate all who visit on the plants and nature..
Need a little extra help?
The garden paths, trams, picnic areas, buildings and restrooms and are wheelchair accessible.
Can I get one of those?
The gift shop is closed in January, but the rest of the year you can pick up a range of items, including pottery, gardening books and unusual souvenirs!.
The children's garden has different opening times to the ones listed. They open at 9:30am and close 30 minutes before regular closing time.
What people are saying?
by Sue Thompson
The lights were fantastic but the line to get in was absolutely ridiculous. Their system of taking payments is not geared to large numbers of people. You have to wait in a single file line before passing through a gatehouse and they only have 1 person on either side who actually ring it up on a cash register then direct you to the parking lot and give you a brochure and explain the lights to you. Seriously!!! For EVERY car?!? They really need to look at their parking situation because the lights are fantastic but it's hard not to be grumpy and...Read More
by Victoria Wright
It was kept very clean, and wasn't crowded one bit while there. Very nice for a relaxing day sorunded by nature.
by Craig V
Well cared for by dedicated people. We've done lots of our family photos there and they always come out great. highlights are the rose garden, bridges, and butterfly house.
by RaeAnna Rusnak
Beautiful experience. Would absolutely recommend this.
by Jim Brickett
Norfolk Botanical Gardens are amazing. I have been here in spring when the tulips bloom and summer when the roses bloom and late summer when lots of other flowers are blooming. The paths and great. The gardens are magnificent. The Japanese garden is one of my favorites. The Butterfly house is a newer addition and is cool as all get out.
I love visiting this place.
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by Sue Thompson
The lights were fantastic but the line to get in was absolutely ridiculous. Their system of taking payments is not geared to large numbers of people. You have to wait in a single file line before passing through a gatehouse and they only have 1 person on either side who actually ring it up on a cash register then direct you to the parking lot and give you a brochure and explain the lights to you. Seriously!!! For EVERY car?!? They really need to look at their parking situation because the lights are fantastic but it's hard not to be grumpy and frustrated by the time you get in.