Adelaide Oval#9 in Best Things To Do in Adelaide
The Adelaide Oval is Adelaide's primary sports and entertainment venue. The stadium – which is located just north of the city center – hosts cricket, soccer and rugby matches seasonally, as well as various concerts. Available facilities include a restaurant; food, drink and merchandise concessions; restrooms; and a free museum dedicated to Sir Donald Bradman (an Australian cricket icon).
Many Aussies say the Adelaide Oval is Australia's best sports venue, thanks in part to its convenient locale and mix of historical charm and modern design. Sports fans will likely enjoy watching a match here, but for even more information about the stadium's sports roots, many suggest joining a guided tour. Depending on when you visit, tours provide background on Australian Rules Football (AFL) – the rugby style most commonly played in South Australia – or cricket. Travelers rave about the tours, describing them as "fantastic" with informative and passionate guides.
Stadium tours span 90 minutes and cost 22 Australian dollars ($17) for adults and AU$12 ($9) per child. They are available on most nonevent days at 10 and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. (A 1 p.m. tour is also offered on weekends.) Cricket matches take place between mid-October and late March, while rugby matches are scheduled from late March to mid-August. Prices vary by sporting event, but expect to pay AU$20 to AU$100 (roughly $15 to $76) per ticket.
The Adelaide Oval can be reached by riding the tram to Rundle Mall and walking or taking the No. 98A or 98C City Connector bus to stop No. 2. Other buses also travel to the area but are not free. Additionally, visitors can drive and park in one of the lots on-site. Fees apply for parking near the venue. More details about events, tours and stadium facilities can be found on the Adelaide Oval website.
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Adelaide Botanic Garden offers eight gardens, a wetland and a forest, as well as architectural marvels like the Bicentennial Conservatory and the Santos Museum of Economic Botany. Noteworthy features include the Garden of Health (an area devoted to plants with healing properties) and the Little Sprouts Kitchen Garden (where kids can learn about fruits, vegetables and herbs).
The 124-acre Adelaide Botanic Garden regularly woos visitors with its tranquil atmosphere and well-maintained landscaping. But if you really want to relax while in this city sanctuary, travelers recommend bringing a blanket and food for a picnic on one of the lawns. Also, save some time to admire the Palm House and the Bicentennial Conservatory's architecture. The former is a restored Victorian glasshouse from Germany, while the latter is the Southern Hemisphere's largest single-span conservatory.
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