Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

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Key Info

1800 Lakeside Ave.

Price & Hours

$13 for adults; $8 for kids 3-12; free for kid...
9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily

Details

Parks and Gardens Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.6scorecard
  • 4.0Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Purchased by a prominent Richmond businessman in 1895, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden sits on property that was Powhatan Indian hunting ground. Now, the 50-acre garden attracts droves of Richmond visitors who come to marvel at its many blooms and domed conservatory – the only one of its kind in the mid-Atlantic. There are also several beloved family events throughout the year like Butterflies LIVE!, the Goblins and Gourds Halloween event and the GardenFest of Lights held in late November and early January.

Recent visitors called the garden a gem in Richmond and said it's beautiful year-round. When you're not enjoying the greenery, you can enjoy light snacks and tea in the on-site cafe and tea house. There's also a garden shop on-site in case you're inspired to plant some flowers of your own.

The garden is located about 7 miles north of downtown Richmond; driving is the easiest way to reach it. You can visit the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission costs $13 for adults, $8 for children between the ages of 3 and 12 and is free for kids younger than 3. There are occasionally extended hours in summer and for special events, so check the official website for specific details.

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