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!
The Missouri Botanical Garden is easily accessible from the St. Louis metro area and conveniently located near Interstate 44. There is no charge for parking at the Missouri Botanical Garden. In the event that the main parking lot is full, visitors should use the free parking at the overflow lots at the corner of Shaw Boulevard and South Vandeventer Avenue.Get directions
Members are free. $14 for seniors
They are all about nature and education, so they are very pro planet!
There are a number of places to eat, with cafes that are filled with tasty lunches and treats
The splash area is turned on if it gets to 70 degrees or over
There are a couple of shops for you to where you can get plants, and antiques that you can take home for your home.
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.
You will be sure there are salads and sandwiches in the cafes. Take note that some might be seasonal openings.
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.
If you're a garden member then the kids garden is free Tuesdays ALL DAY, and Saturdays 9am - Noon!