Idaho Botanical Garden

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Idaho Botanical Garden
Idaho Botanical Garden
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2355 N. Old Penitentiary Rd.

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Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing, Tours Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.3scorecard
  • 4.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

The Idaho Botanical Garden occupies more than 30 acres of what used to be the grounds of the Old Idaho Penitentiary, but now those acres are filled with gardens ranging in theme from succulents to roses to native Idaho plants. There are also vegetable, herb and meditation gardens, and a lineup of workshops and events, such as the "Winter Garden aGlow," in which the garden lights up with hundreds of thousands of holiday lights. Although you can take a self-guided tour at your own leisure, the Idaho Botanical Garden also offers guided tours for groups at no additional charge, though you'll need to schedule these ahead of time by calling the attraction.  

Locals say there's no bad time to visit the Idaho Botanical Garden, thanks to the staff's ability to keep the grounds filled with seasonal plants. Other reviewers remarked on the diverse visitors that this attraction appeals to – from children to singles to even someone about to propose marriage or have their wedding.

The Idaho Botanical Garden is located just a few miles east of downtown Boise, next to the Idaho State Penitentiary. The garden charges an general entrance fee of $7 for adults and $5 for kids ages 5 through 12. Kids ages 4 and younger get in for free. (Note: Admission is a dollar cheaper from mid-November to mid-March; admission is more expensive for "Winter Garden aGlow.") The garden is open daily: Between Monday and Thursday, the garden is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; between Friday and Sunday, it stays open until 7 p.m. Hours may change in the winter. You'll also find a garden store and library on-site, as well as restrooms. For more information, visit the Idaho Botanical Garden's website.

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