BotanicalGardenNot only are botanical gardens beautiful and serene places to visit, but since they typically represent a region’s native trees, plants and flowers, there’s a cultural aspect to these facilities. 

Many gardens have children’s areas, and host festivals and other fun events, further enhancing these outings.

Following is a roundup of family-friendly botanical gardens scouted out by TravelingMoms.


Amidst New York’s noisy urban jungle are many peaceful public and community gardens that offer free admission. History Buff TravelingMom explains why May is an ideal month to visit these New York’s gardens.

Themed gardens bursting with color, water fountains and cozy pathways highlight the San Antonio Botanical Garden. Los Angeles TravelingMom recently visited the 33-acre garden while attending the city’s annual Fiesta.

Experience changing seasons and a damp jungle with waterfalls and a wooden bridge at Beijing Botanical Gardens. China TravelingMom offers tips to make the most of your visit.

The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival puts a new spin on cultural exploration with a feast for the senses at Epcott at Walt Disney World. Ciao TravelingMom describes what sensory delights families can expect at the various cultural booths.

State and national parks are also great places to spot spring blooms and native plants. Los Angeles TravelingMom shares her favorite places from the desert to the mountains.

In spring, Amsterdam is in full bloom. Flower markets are filled with colorful tulips and the Keukenhof Gardens are blooming with seven million tulips. But hurry, the gardens are open annually through mid-May, according to History Buff TravelingMom.

Even young kids get excited about visiting gardens, especially if there are mazes to explore. That’s how Gringa TravelingMom coaxed her kids into visiting the Miami Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.

Among the many free, family-fun things to explore in Jacksonville, Florida are public gardens. Vegetarian TravelingMom shares a list of free places to visit. 

The New York Botanical Garden’s newest themed area is the Native Plant Garden, representing plants and flowers from Northeastern North America. Here, visitors will see native trees, shrubs, wildflowers, ferns and grasses.

A plant sale highlighting orchids takes place at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

For photos of vibrant blooms in England, check this out this link.