Botanical gardens are beautiful places to explore all of the best flora and fauna an area has to offer in one engaging, accessible location. In fact, many botanical gardens make accommodations so they can be enjoyed any time of year and in rain or sunshine.
If you’re passionate about botanical gardens and you’re planning your next world trip, the botanical gardens below are ones that are must-adds for your travel list.
Top 5 Botanical Gardens in the World to Add to Your Bucket List:
- Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, United States
Located in the heart of the United States’ largest city, the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens are a natural escape in an urban environment. The garden is known for its Cherry Blossom Trees, Japanese Garden, and Tulip Garden. In fact, the Japanese Garden is complete with koi fish, Snowy Egrets, and turtles. Given that the garden is best known for its Cherry Blossom Trees, though, the best time to stop by is when they’re in bloom.
Tips for enjoying the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens:
- The gardens have limited parking, so it’s best to take the subway or taxi–or simply walk–to get there.
- Singapore Botanical Gardens, Singapore
Located in a city colloquially referred to as ‘a City in a Garden’, The Singapore Botanical Gardens are, of course, exotic and exhilarating. In fact, they’re known for their Rubber Tree orchards, the first in the region to have this feature. The rainforest section of the gardens is also a visitor favorite. Additionally, the Singapore Botanical Gardens is the first location in the country to have been named a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Heritage Site.
Tips for enjoying the Singapore Botanical Gardens:
- Leave yourself at least one to two hours to fully enjoy this botanical garden, though many visitors say it was an all day trip.
- Given the sunny weather in Singapore and the size of the attraction, make sure to bring sunblock or an umbrella if you’re sensitive to the sun.
- Na ‘Aina Kai Botanical Gardens, Hawaii
Na ‘Aina Kai Botanical Gardens, which translates to “Lands by the Sea”, is located on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. In fact, the island itself is known as the ‘Garden Island’. This botanical garden is known for its vast variety of individual gardens, such as the formal gardens and the children’s gardens, as well as its unique bronze statues. It is also a home to Laysan Albatross, which hatch their young here every spring.
Tips for enjoying the Na ‘Aina Kai Botanical Gardens:
- If you have a membership with other US botanical gardens, it’s possible that you may have one to this garden as well, so don’t forget to ask.
- Though the attraction is large, it features a guided tour by vehicle for those who aren’t up to walking the full ground.
- The Butchart Gardens, British Columbia, Canada
In a more northern locale than any of the botanical gardens featured above, the Butchart Gardens have a unique beauty and a year-round appeal. Privately owned and operated for over 100 years, these gardens are considered a National Historic Site of Canada. They’re best known for their Sunken Garden, but also features an Italian Garden, Rose Garden, and Japanese Garden.
Tips for enjoying the ButchartGardens:
- No matter which time of year you go, these gardens have many events to engage and excite. In the summer, you’ll find musical entertainment and fireworks shows. In the winter, you can skate on the ice-rink, enjoy Christmas decorations, and watch live entertainment.
- Château de Versailles, France
The gardens at the palace of Versailles are fit for royalty. Of course, they were once home to Marie-Antoinette and King Louis XVI. In fact, if you spend a day visiting Versailles, you’ll not only get to take in stunning gardens, you’ll also experience gilded architecture and learn about the glamorous lives of French royalty. Designed in the late 17th century, these gardens will truly take you into another time.
Tips for enjoying Château de Versailles:
- Given the immense size of the gardens, there are golf carts available to help you get around the full property.
- If you choose to also tour the palace–which is highly suggested–make sure to get an audio-guided tour to learn more about its history.
Enjoy these beautiful sites and let us know what you think of them. Do you have any botanical gardens you think we should add to the list? Share them in the comments below.
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