comScore

Montreal Botanical Gardens (Jardin Botanique Montreal)

#2 in Best Things To Do in Montreal

Botanic Garden picture in Montreal
Montreal Botanic Garden picture in Montreal
Boatnic Garden picture in Montreal
Botanic Garden picture in Montreal
Montreal Botanic Garden picture in Montreal
Boatnic Garden picture in Montreal

Key Info

Price & Hours

  • CA$20.50 (around $16) for adults; CA$10.25 (about $7.75) for kids 5-17
  • Hours vary by exhibit and day, but generally open daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Details

  • Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing Type
  • 2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.4
Overall
US NEWS LOGO

Scorecard

  • Value
    4.0
  • Facilities
    4.0
  • Atmosphere
    5.0

Read about how we rank Things to Do.

Thanks to 10 large greenhouses – each tailored to a specific theme – the 190-acre botanical gardens is home to more than 22,000 species of flora and offers scenic year-round respite from the metropolis' downtown core. Spend some time strolling through the tranquil bonsai trees in the Japanese Garden or learn about the principles of yin and yang in the Chinese Garden, which showcases designs from the 14th to 17th century Ming Dynasty. Outdoor gardens include a colorful rose garden and a stunning alpine garden.

Recent visitors called the garden a must-visit with lots to see. If you're visiting with kids, don't miss the ever-popular toxic plant garden. What's more, the Insectarium is one of the largest insect museums in North America, with more than 250,000 specimens of living and naturalized insects. Permanent exhibits include We Are the Insects, Atta Ants, Butterflies Go Free (a favorite among the garden's youngest visitors) and The BuzzGround, a fun discovery zone especially for kids. Reviewers say the variety is amazing and that kids love visiting.

Located in northern Plateau Mont-Royal in Parc Maisonneuve (accessible via the Green Line's Station Pie-IX métro station), the botanical garden and Insectarium are open every day at 9 a.m. and generally stay open until 6 or 7 p.m., depending on the time of year. Entry costs, which include access to both attractions, vary by age: tickets cost CA$20.50 (about $15.50) for adults; CA$10.25 (about $8) for kids ages 5 to 17. More information can be found at the Montreal Botanical Garden website.

Powered by Viator See more Tours & Tickets

Hotels Nearby

  • Thing to Do
  • Hotel
Hôtel Le Chablis

Hôtel Le Chablis ...

  • 1.3 Miles Away
  • 3.0-star Hotel Class
Le Sieur de Joliette

Le Sieur de Joliette ...

  • 1.0 Miles Away
  • 3.0-star Hotel Class
Hotel Universel Montreal

Hotel Universel Montreal ...

  • 0.7 Miles Away
  • 3.5-star Hotel Class
See all hotels in Montreal »

More Best Things to Do in Montreal

Old Port of Montreal picture in Montreal
Neighborhood/Area Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Botanic Garden picture in Montreal
Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts picture in Montreal
Museums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Spring on Mont Royal picture in Montreal
Parks and Gardens, Recreation Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Fresh Produce at the Jean-Talon Market picture in Montreal
Shopping Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Stairway to St. Joseph's Oratory picture in Montreal
Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal picture in Montreal
Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Barbie Expo picture in Montreal
Museums Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
Montreal Holocaust Museum picture in Montreal
Museums Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Pointe-à-Callière Museum picture in Montreal
Museums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Local Montreal Food Tours picture in Montreal
Sightseeing, Tours Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Notre Dame de Bon Secours picture in Montreal
Churches/Religious Sites Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Centre d'histoire de Montreal picture in Montreal
Museums Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
|

#1 Old Montreal (Vieux-Montreal) As the site of the original city of Montreal, Vieux-Montréal (accessible from the Orange Line's Place-d'Armes and Champ-de-Mars métro stations) is the hub of the city's culture ... Read more » DenisTangneyJr / Getty Images

#2 Montreal Botanical Gardens (Jardin Botanique Montreal) Thanks to 10 large greenhouses – each tailored to a specific theme – the 190-acre botanical gardens is home to more than 22,000 species of flora and offers scenic year-round respite ... Read more » onepony / Getty Images

#3 Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Musee des Beaux-Arts) Montreal's most prestigious museum has been building its collection of fine arts for more than 150 years. Feast your eyes on an impressive assortment of Canadian and international works ... Read more » Bernard Fougères et Jean-François Lejeune / Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal

#4 Parc du Mont-Royal This 761-foot hill from which Montreal got its name is the largest of the city's parks. Towering over central Montreal (and accessible from the Green Line's Peel métro ... Read more » janniswerner / Getty Images

#5 Jean-Talon Market In a world dominated by overly refrigerated, fluorescently lit supermarkets, the Jean-Talon Market is literally a breath of fresh air and one of the largest public markets in North America. Located ... Read more » Onfokus / Getty Images

#6 St. Joseph's Oratory (Oratoire Saint-Joseph) Sitting adjacent to Mont-Royal, this immense basilica is the highest point in Montreal. Dedicated to St. Joseph, Jesus' earthly father and Canada's patron saint, St. Joseph's Oratory was ... Read more » bakerjarvis / Getty Images

#7 Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal (Basilique Notre-Dame de Montreal) It is said that when architect James O'Donnell designed the Notre-Dame Basilica in 1824, he was so moved by the outcome that he himself converted to Catholicism. Constructed in ... Read more » Daniela Duncan / Getty Images

#8 Barbie Expo This whimsical exhibit, in what it bills as the largest permanent collection of Barbie dolls in the world, has more than 1,000 Barbies on display. Many of the dolls ... Read more » Dan Dalton / Getty Images

#9 Montreal Holocaust Museum This powerful museum's mission is to tell the story of Jewish communities before, during and after the Holocaust. It offers both permanent and temporary exhibits featuring testimonies and objects ... Read more » Courtesy Montreal Holocaust Museum

#10 Museum of Archaeology and History (Pointe-a-Calliere Museum) Many say that this is the best place to begin discovering Montreal. While the modern architecture may not be typical of a history museum, the real reason to come here ... Read more » Courtesy Pointe a Calliere Museum

# Local Montreal Food Tours Read more » Gabriela Tulian / Getty Images

# Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours Chapel Read more » L. Toshio Kishiyama / Getty Images

# Centre d'Histoire de Montreal Read more » Patrick Donovan / Getty Images

Old Port of Montreal picture in Montreal
Botanic Garden picture in Montreal
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts picture in Montreal
Spring on Mont Royal picture in Montreal
Fresh Produce at the Jean-Talon Market picture in Montreal
Stairway to St. Joseph's Oratory picture in Montreal
Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal picture in Montreal
Barbie Expo picture in Montreal
Montreal Holocaust Museum picture in Montreal
Pointe-à-Callière Museum picture in Montreal
Local Montreal Food Tours picture in Montreal
Notre Dame de Bon Secours picture in Montreal
Centre d'histoire de Montreal picture in Montreal
Old Port of Montreal picture in Montreal
Botanic Garden picture in Montreal
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts picture in Montreal
Spring on Mont Royal picture in Montreal
Fresh Produce at the Jean-Talon Market picture in Montreal
Stairway to St. Joseph's Oratory picture in Montreal
Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal picture in Montreal
Barbie Expo picture in Montreal
Montreal Holocaust Museum picture in Montreal
Pointe-à-Callière Museum picture in Montreal
Local Montreal Food Tours picture in Montreal
Notre Dame de Bon Secours picture in Montreal
Centre d'histoire de Montreal picture in Montreal

Relax at a cafe, meander along the quaint streets and browse for souvenirs in Vieux-Montréal. DenisTangneyJr / Getty Images

onepony / Getty Images

With works by masters from El Greco to Picasso, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is the most prestigious museum in the city and a must-see for art aficionados.
Bernard Fougères et Jean-François Lejeune / Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal

Head to Parc du Mont-Royal for a stunning vantage point of the city. janniswerner / Getty Images

Jean-Talon Market was originally founded in May 1933 as the Marché du Nord (north-end market), before being renamed. It's one of the largest public markets in North America. Onfokus / Getty Images

St. Joseph's Oratory's copper dome rises 318 feet high. bakerjarvis / Getty Images

Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal has been attracting visitors since it was originally designed in 1824. Daniela Duncan / Getty Images

Dan Dalton / Getty Images

The Montreal Holocaust Museum features stories and objects from Holocaust survivors. Courtesy Montreal Holocaust Museum

In the "Crossroads Montreal" exhibit at the Pointe-à-Callière Museum, visitors will see the ruins of Ville-Marie's first Catholic cemetery, dating from 1643. Courtesy Pointe a Calliere Museum

According to past visitors, the experiences offered by Local Montreal Food Tours are as delicious as they are historical. Gabriela Tulian / Getty Images

For an amazing view of Old Montreal, climb the steps of the Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours Chapel. L. Toshio Kishiyama / Getty Images

Head to the Centre d'histoire de Montreal for a comprehensive look at the city's far-reaching history. Patrick Donovan / Getty Images

×

See full list of Best Things to Do in Montreal »

Explore More of Montreal

Find the Best Price

Enter your check in and check out dates to find the best price

PriceFinder powered by TripAdvisor Primary Logo