Atlanta Botanical Garden#8 in Best Things To Do in Atlanta
The Atlanta Botanical Garden should be every plant lover's first stop in the city. It covers a magnificent and beautiful 30 acres in the northwest corner of Midtown's Piedmont Park. There's lots to see here, including the Lou Glenn Children's Garden, the Edible Garden, the Tropical Rotunda and one of the few remaining mature hardwood forests in Atlanta. Plus, you can't miss a pass through the Fuqua Orchid Center, which features a variety of unique high-elevation orchids never grown before in the Southeast. You'll also find a wonderful and colorful collection of poison dart frogs within the glass walls of the Fuqua Conservatory.
Visitors highly recommend a visit to this "magical" locale. However, some lament the cost of admission and the high fees for snacks and meals at the on-site eateries. A few travelers also suggest avoiding winter visits, since some of the property's outdoor gardens are not in bloom during the colder months.
Specific opening hours vary by the season, but the property is generally open every day except Mondays from 9 a.m. until at least 4 p.m. Tickets cost $21.95 for adults and $15.95 for children ages 3 to 12; kids 2 and younger get in for free. If you're driving, you can pay to park at the SAGE Parking Facility, which the property shares with Piedmont Park. MARTA also services the botanical gardens: Bus No. 27 stops at the main entrance. To find out more about the Atlanta Botanical Garden's hours and special events, check out the property's website.
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