So I need to back track a little bit. You may have noticed that I skimmed right over the #3 Richmond attraction on Trip Advisor. Oops, counting is hard. But no worries, let me tell you all about it! Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens is one of our FAVORITE places to go. We absolutely love it. So much so we are members. The kids love it and adults do too. If you want a quiet relaxing evening meandering through the beautiful gardens, you can have it. Want to sit in solitude and listen to the birds chirp? You found your place! If you want to let the kids run around and let off some steam, you can do that here too! If you want to check out the gardens you can find them at 1800 Lakeside Avenue Henrico, VA 23228. They are open from 9-5 and admission is $13 for adults, $8 for kids, and children under three are free. They have various events and exhibits through out the year. They have programs that are focused on kids as well as adult directed events.
The gardens are set up with different themed areas. There is a conservatory, a library, a Japenese garden, a Rose garden, a Children’s garden…so many gardens! The children’s garden are my littles favorite. There’s a treehouse, a splash pad in the summer, a sandbox, giant building blocks, playhouses….this place is like a kids dream land. Oh, I almost forgot! There is an ancient, giant tree with sprawling branches that is the perfect playground for little monkeys who like to climb. What a cool place. They have hula hoops, checkers, bubbles, all sorts of novelties to keep families entertained all day.
The conservatory has a live butterfly exhibit the majority of the year. If you hold still enough, you might even have one land on you. It is very hot and humid in the exhibit so I suggest saving this until the end of your visit or you’ll start off sweaty and sticky. It’s so awesome to see the dozens of butterflies sailing, sliding, slipping through the air and around the tropical plants. It’s worth the trip just to experience this butterfly heaven.
There are restaurants to eat at, sophisticated Jazz evenings, and children’s workshops designed to get their hands (And maybe more!) dirty. Currently there is an art exhibit called Wild Art, with structures inspired by nature. They have had a lego exhibit in the past, with huge sculptures made of thousands of legos. It is beautifully decorated in Christmas, with charming trains in the conservatory and lights sparkling throughout the gardens.
I can’t recommend this place enough. It’s the perfect spot for families, individuals, young, old, people who are wild at heart, and people who don’t want to get dirt under their nails. Have you been there? If not, this is the perfect place for an everyday adventure!!
Make sure you check out the other places in the Richmond Trip Advisor series. Which one is your favorite?