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Denver Botanic Gardens

1007 York Street | Denver, CO 80206 | Official website
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  • Type: Parks and Gardens
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
Overall Rating: 4.0 (4.2)
Value: 4.0 (4.0)
Facilities: 4.0 (4.0)
Atmosphere: 5.0 (5.0)
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The Denver Botanic Gardens' 24 acres feature 15,000 species of plants from across the globe, including more than 700 types of plants that are native to Colorado. Comprising 41 individual gardens, this impressive facility in downtown Denver's Cheesman Park treats visitors to a variety of different environments, from a traditional Japanese Garden (complete with bonsai trees) to the South African Plaza blooming with exotic plants like calla lilies and red hot pokers. Meanwhile, art aficionados will also appreciate the gardens thanks to the numerous sculptures that grace the grounds; the facility also plays host to touring exhibits that have included works by such artists as Stephen Talasnik and Dale Chihuly. If you're feeling a little overwhelmed by all the gardens have to offer, consider tagging along on a guided tour. Docent-led tours (which cost $14 for non-members) focus both on the flora and the art found throughout the facility.

If the 41 gardens at the Cheesman Park facility aren't enough to indulge your love of flowers, you'll find two additional locations: One just east of Chatfield Lake about 17 miles southwest of downtown (accessible via light rails C or D and the No. 401 bus), and the other at Mount Goliath along the Mount Evans Scenic Byway (a 50-mile drive from central Denver). The Chatfield location features a historic farm that kids will enjoy, while the Mount Goliath garden showcases the Rocky Mountain's alpine scenery.

Throughout the year, the Denver Botanic Gardens (at Cheesman Park) hosts a variety of festivals, including a summer concert series and a Christmas festival. The botanic gardens' Cheesman Park location is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; general admission to the gardens costs $12.50 for adults, $9.50 for seniors and $9 for students and children ages 3 to 15 (kids 2 and younger can enter for free). The Chatfield gardens are also open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., though access will set you back $5 (per vehicle). As for the Mount Goliath location, you can visit whenever the Mount Evans road is open, and you'll need to pay the $10 fee to access the route. To learn more, visit the Denver Botanic Gardens' website.

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