Prior to my visit to the garden I visited the Botanical Garden website and found a very comprhensive and helpful site. The site gives ideas of how to plan your day at the garden and has fun family activities, like a scavenger hunt and critter crawl. The highlights of my trip were:
The Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Children’s Garden where children can frolic in the sunflower fountain, so bring a bathsuit and towel. This area may be a little disappointing for children over 4, as the toddlers have dominion over the fountain. Children can also learn about growing a vegatable garden, play Peter Rabbit and discover dinosaur fossils.
The Japanese Garden a small relaxing combination of the “three old friends,” stone, bamboo and water.
The Fuqua Conservatory which had a tropical rainforest, with poison frogs, quails and carnivorous plants , a desert house, with prickly cacti, a collection of herb trees and a orchid house. Did you know that vanilla comes from an orchid?
The Cafe catered by Sun in My Belly, the food was reasonably priced and surprisingly gormet. Ranging from a hot dog kids meals to ham, asparagus and havarti quiche. I had a mozzarella, baby greens and pesto sandwich with edamame and carrot salad, delicious and filling.
Overall the gardens was a great day. Whether you plan to take the kids or take a date, a day at the Atlanta Botanical Garden can be as exciting or relaxing as you desire. Don’t forget to check out their website www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org and click on the Plan Your Visit/Day Planner tab for helpful guides to get the most out your time at the gardens.
Cost: Adult $15.00 Child $12.00 Children under 2 free (website says 3)
Membership rates begin at $55.00.
**Note: UPS employess and three guests are free during the Moore in America exhibit. **
1345 Piedmont Ave. NE Atlanta, GA 30309 404.876.5859