Birmingham Botanical Gardens

#3 in Best Things To Do in Birmingham
Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau

Key Info

2612 Lane Park Rd.

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Parks and Gardens, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.7scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Spanning more than 65 acres, these gorgeous gardens are known for their diverse plant collections. In fact, there are 30 thematic gardens divided into three categories: Gardens of Collections, Gardens of Nature and Gardens of Culture. You'll also find the only public horticultural library in the United States here. What's more, programs and workshops are available for both children and adults, and the Bruno Vegetable Garden provides food for Birmingham's needy. The gardens also feature several paths for walking and jogging, making it a great spot for both recreation and relaxation.

Recent visitors said a visit to the botanical gardens is a fun and inexpensive way to spend an afternoon outdoors. Many commented on the variety of birds, as well as the diverse landscapes, from Japanese gardens to native woodlands. All agreed that the facility is well-maintained and appreciated its many amenities, including a restaurant, lots of outdoor seating and a gift shop.

The Birmingham Botanical Gardens are open daily from dawn to dusk; admission and parking are always free. Visit the website for information on workshops, programs and special events.

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