Fresh air, quiet surroundings, lush gardens, and flowers, flowers everywhere. Those aren’t typical descriptions of a loud, bustling major city, but yet that’s exactly what you’ll find in midtown Atlanta at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.
You’ll be amazed to notice how far away the city seems while visiting the gardens. Our family spent many hours at the Atlanta Botanical Garden when our daughters were younger. It’s a great destination for families with younger children and toddlers too, especially during the holiday season. Here’s why our family loves the Atlanta Botanical Garden:
SAFE OUTDOOR SPACES
The botanical gardens offer plenty of open-air spaces in which kids can play and run. There’s the Children’s Garden where children can explore a working vegetable garden and walk through the life cycle of a butterfly.
When you want a forest experience, your family can check out the Kendeda Canopy Walk, which is completely stroller accessible. This shady walk meanders through a hardwood forest that is so quiet and peaceful, you’ll forget you’re in the middle of a big metropolis! I know from personal experience that this is the perfect environment to lull a baby to sleep or let an energetic toddler roam.
PLENTY OF KID-FOCUSED ACTIVITIES
The Atlanta Botanical Garden always has activities that are specifically geared towards the children in your group, whether you visit during the week or on the weekend. Every Saturday morning, preschoolers can attend story time in the library, and there is a weekly frog feeding on Saturdays during which visitors can watch some of the garden’s rare and endangered amphibians catch their dinner, sticky tongues and all! In the warmer months of spring and summer, little ones can splash in the Sunflower Fountain.
MAGICAL SEASONAL CELEBRATIONS AT ATLANTA BOTANICAL GARDEN
There are seasonal activities specifically for children that celebrate the changing of the seasons. The holiday season is truly magical at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Annually from November to January, the botanical gardens showcase an expansive G-scale model train set with six working tracks. Kids and model-train lovers will be entranced! Our daughters spent a whole afternoon watching the trains, drinking hot cocoa and riding the Botanical Express mini-train, which was just their size.
Also during the holiday season, the Atlanta Botanical Garden is open late for Garden Lights, when families can come and enjoy the gardens all lit up with festive holiday lights. Best to buy tickets in advance as the event is does sell out on weekend evenings.
INCREDIBLE PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES ABOUND!
The Atlanta Botanical Garden has so many beautiful outdoor spaces, water features and art installations that provide a variety of backdrops for some beautiful family photos. We especially liked the latest installation of sculptures and figures made entirely of plants and flowers. What’s more, Atlanta’s fall and winter months are usually sunny and clear in a wide range of temperatures. So bring your holiday outfits and capture this year’s holiday photo on the garden grounds.
The Atlanta Botanical Gardens is a serene and picturesque place to spend a morning or afternoon during any time of year. Even now that our kids are no longer toddlers, our family still likes to bundle up and visit during the holiday season when the Garden Lights are lit and everything is festively decorated.
Atlanta Botanical Garden is located in midtown Atlanta, adjacent to Piedmont Park, or “Atlanta’s Central Park” and is a short drive from Hilton Atlanta.
This article was originally published by Hilton Mom Voyage.