Families looking for a bit of nature without having to drive out of the city need to head to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens bordering Atlanta’s famed Piedmont Park. This is one of the last remaining urban forests and is a jewel in the heart of midtown Atlanta. You can take advantage of walking the grounds and seeing the stunning displays of flowers and plants, as well as participate in hands-on activities in the two-acre Children’s Garden. (There’s even a splash pad for those ‘Hotlanta’ days.)
Summers at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens feature the Concerts in the Garden series as well as Cocktails in the Garden. Both of which are geared towards adults. For kids, there are story-times, treasure hunts, amphitheater shows, and craft events. During the holiday season, over 1 million lights adorn the garden during the Garden Lights events, making it a spectacular winter wonderland. The Atlanta Botanical Gardens is an urban oasis not to be missed at any time of the year!
Cost: $18.95/adult, $12.95/child (3-11)
Free: 2 & under
Target Age: All
Target Gender: Both
Membership Passes: Yes
City Pass: No
Stroller Rental: No
Wheelchair Rental: No
ATM on site: yes
Tenders: Cash, credit, debit
Admission Tips: Look for deals on group buying sites like Groupon or Living Social
Parking structure and limited street parking
Cars: $2 for first hour and $1/hour afterward (up to $15 daily max)
Parking Tips: Think you’ll visit frequently? Consider buying a multi-visit parking pass.
Indoors (some exhibits)
Walking level: High
Food on premise: Vending, Restaurant, Concessions
Outside Food Permitted: No (though it is not stated on the website, it is strongly discouraged at the park)
Alcohol Sold: Yes at certain events
Alcohol Permitted: No
Gift Shop: Yes
Birthday/ Event Venue: Events, yes; Birthday parties, no.
Experience Tips: Be sure to bring water, especially during the summer months. Think about having a picnic lunch at Piedmont Park if you don’t want to buy food at Atlanta Botanical Gardens.
Nearby: Piedmont Park, Woodruff Arts Centre
1305 Piedmont Ave
Atlanta, GA 30309