Atlanta Botanical Garden is a beautiful oasis next to Piedmont Park in Midtown Atlanta. If you
are searching for something different to do in Atlanta come to visit this public exhibition full of plants and flowers located on over 30 acres of lush landscape.
Fuqua Orchid Center
There are some events and exhibits that go year-round while others rotate. One of the more popular venues is the Fuqua Orchid Center. It houses the largest permanent collection of orchids in the nation. Other popular destinations include the Japanese Garden, the rose garden, and the Dorothy Chapman Fuqua Conservatory. The rain forest exhibit inside the conservatory contains turtles, birds, and poison dart frogs.
Atlanta CityPass is one of the best ways to purchase discount tickets to the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Atlanta CityPass also provides admission to other popular Atlanta attractions such as the Georgia Aquarium, World Of Coca-Cola, CNN Studio Tour, and the Atlanta Zoo. Another preferred method to get discounts is to buy a membership by calling (404) 876-5859.
A popular kids attraction in Atlanta Botanical Garden is the Interactive Children’s Garden. Built on over 2 acres the Children’s Garden embodies fountains, a treehouse, a flower bridge, the Children’s Garden Amphitheater, and of course a playground. Fun activities for kids include the Critter Crawl, Scavenger Hunt, and my favorite the Carnivorous Plant Hunt.
Smithgall Woodall Garden
Smithgall Woodall Garden is a 168-acre satellite garden that was donated to the Atlanta Botanical Garden in 2000. This gorgeous piece of land contains a lake, many native plants and will be used to increase the garden’s ongoing conservation and restoration program. The Smithgall Woodall Garden is open to the public only on limited dates.
There are many activities and programs geared towards fun and education for kids as well as families to enjoy. The Atlanta Botanical Garden is also host to many social events and successful art exhibitions. More In America is the current art exhibition being presented and was ranked by Time Magazine as one of the top 10 museum exhibits in America. This collection by English sculptor Henry Moore features twenty pieces of his work located throughout the park and runs until October 31, 2009.
Scarecrows in the Garden
Another favorite Atlanta Event in October is the annual Scarecrows in the Garden. Individuals, organizations, and businesses all partake in the making of scarecrows that are displayed all over the park along with delightful fall decorations. Get feisty Thursday evenings in October at the Fest-of-Ale, featuring a fine selection of brews emphasizing the Halloween theme. Bring your flashlight and view the scarecrows while drinking some spirits and listening to live music. The final event for the month-long Scarecrows in the Garden venue is the Goblins in the Garden. This is a children’s costume party where the kids are welcome to dress in their favorite Halloween costume and have fun in the garden. Children’s activities include storytime, Ride-On-The-Train, and pony rides.
The purpose of the Atlanta Botanical Garden is to display, develop, and maintain flowers and plants for enjoyment, education, and conservation. AtlantaGaToday ranks as one of the best things to do and a top Atlanta attraction for both adults and children alike.