A sunny Atlanta afternoon is best spent in the green spaces the city has to offer. The Atlanta Botanical Garden, adjacent to Piedmont Park, opened in 1976 and has sought to preserve unique plant species ever since.
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Kids will love the Canopy Walk, which allows guests to see the trees from above. Activities at the gardens vary by season. A lights exhibit starts in December and the scarecrows scatter among the property in the fall. The Orchid House is a must-see.
Glass artist Dave Chihuly, known most for his ceiling at The Bellagio in Las Vegas , has many pieces throughout the gardens, including the one you see above.
The Edible Garden’s outdoor kitchen hosts events like Drinks in the Garden. The Conservatory, seen above, mimics the climates of rain forests and deserts. There are even frogs, birds and turtles inside.
If You Go
The Atlanta Botanical Garden is located adjacent to Piedmont Park at 1345 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta, GA, 30309. Call (404) 876-5859 or see the website for reservations. The gardens are open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm and closed on Mondays.
Tickets are $12.95 for children 3-12, $18.95 for adults and free for children under 3 and garden members. Book a Small Group Tour to Atlanta Botanical Gardens before you go. Parking is available for a small fee, but taking public transportation is usually easier. Take Bus #27 to Piedmont Avenue.