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State Botanical Garden of Georgia

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A sense of nature

We had a great time just being in the presence of such a wonderful and peaceful place. If you ever... read more

Reviewed 9 November 2018
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Watch out for dinosaurs!!!

My family has been enjoying this place for years!!! It’s beautiful all times of year, it’s quiet... read more

Reviewed 6 November 2018
Athens, Georgia
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“gift shop”(35 reviews)
“tropical plants”(15 reviews)
“hiking trails”(23 reviews)
This 313-acre preserve is used by the University of Georgia as a horticulture laboratory and is open to the public.
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2450 S Milledge Ave, Athens, GA 30605-1674
+1 706-542-1244
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All reviews gift shop tropical plants hiking trails visitor center enjoy nature green house accept donations great trails indoor area small cafe different areas a great place to spend my favorite place free admission couple of hours nice walk plenty of parking
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Reviewed 9 November 2018 via mobile

We had a great time just being in the presence of such a wonderful and peaceful place. If you ever decide to visit, I will assure you that you will not be disappointed

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Brawnerstacy
Reviewed 6 November 2018 via mobile

My family has been enjoying this place for years!!! It’s beautiful all times of year, it’s quiet, and it is very well maintained! Great for all ages! And I was kidding about the dinosaurs.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Zak99
Reviewed 27 October 2018 via mobile

Suggested $2 donations. Plenty of parking. Nice walk through gardens. Map was not easily interrupted. ......

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Mariah A
Reviewed 26 October 2018 via mobile

Haven't been to the State Botanical Gardens in Athens in a long time. It has really changed and improved ten fold since my last visit. It has many different Gardens to see and some wonderful trails for hiking. Cute gift shop and cafe there. Best...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 766kathieh
Reviewed 15 October 2018

This was an awesome way to get outside and enjoy nature while walking through a well kept gardens. Many areas are handicap accessible, in addition there are a bunch of "off road" trails for those who can navigate them. My only regret is that it...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank HeartNurse60
Reviewed 14 October 2018 via mobile

My husband and I go here all the time. The trails are great and well maintained yet you still feel like you're in nature. I hate it when you go to a well rated park and then the trails are paved. It's not like that...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank llwestwood
Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

This place is great. As a runner I love it’s mile and miles or wooded trails. During the right seasons this place is a blaze of color.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank beccacox123
Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

A great place to create photographs!! This is also a lovely place for a picnic and relax. I highly recommend a visit.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank limitedx
Reviewed 2 October 2018

Saving grace living in Athens was,Sunday afternoons strolling these gardens. Culture in town of a natural nature! No competition or sports involved.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank EveStClaire
Reviewed 24 September 2018

I gave my previous review of the State Botanical Garden 4 out of 5 stars, but mostly because I didn't realize they had so many trails and gardens away from the building! I could have entirely missed something but when I went to the Garden...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Carol S
29 March 2017|
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Response from rleveret | Reviewed this property |
It's free to park and visit although they appreciate donations. I usually try to put a few dollars in the box by the entrance whenever we attend but its not required or expected.
21 March 2017|
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Response from rleveret | Reviewed this property |
Yup! Not as much as there will be in a few more weeks but lots of tulips and daffodils!
2 June 2015|
Response from rleveret | Reviewed this property |
There are a good number of paved trails that are, but there are more unpaved trails that are not. The paved trails to cover the majority of the actual gardens though while the unpaved trails are just nature trails.