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Highlands Biological Station, Nature Center and Botanical Gardens

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Highlands, NC
+1 828-526-2602
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A Work In Progress

The station was closed at the time of our visit, but there was a large area behind the building... read more

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DeaN4U2C
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Tampa, Florida
Excellent nature center and trails

This was a great surprise! Kids were very interested and there are lots of nice easy trails for... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
FlyboyTraveler
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Palm Beach, Florida
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This nature center serves up a palette of nature attractions including a botanical garden replete with 450 species of trees, ferns and flowers.
  • Excellent52%
  • Very good37%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“native plants” (8 reviews)
“lily pads” (3 reviews)
“natural area” (2 reviews)
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Highlands, NC
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+1 828-526-2602
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Reviewed today

The station was closed at the time of our visit, but there was a large area behind the building with flora and signs stating the name of each plant. If you are up for a good walk, this might be a good stop for you.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a great surprise! Kids were very interested and there are lots of nice easy trails for them in the botanical gardens. Must stop if you have young children. Ours are 2,4,7 and all loved it. They have indoor activities center that’s interactive, live...More

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Reviewed 8 May 2018

This free attraction is lovely. There is even a bog in the back of the area that is natural and scenic. Items are labeled throughout so you can lean as you go.

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Reviewed 31 October 2017

Inside the nature center are some nice displays and an interesting interactive area for kids and nice restrooms....there was a charming person at the "desk" full of information about the center and gardens and sunset rock with the trailhead being right across the road. There...More

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Reviewed 17 October 2017

Getting outside on a brisk day can be a wonderful, relaxing experience. The beauty of a botanical garden makes it special!

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Reviewed 11 October 2017

Nice walk around a pond with flowers and wild life, Nature center has interesting exhibits-old school, nothing fancy.Relax and enjoy Highlands as it was before Atlantans found it.

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Reviewed 9 October 2017

The gardens are very near downtown Highlands. We were met by a resident student who explained the layout. There is a wide wood chip path and rock steps with a rail. Plants and trees are identified. I would like to return with our grandchildren who...More

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Reviewed 26 September 2017

We wandered the trails near the lake recently and enjoyed our time wandering. We arrived after the center had closed for the day, but we will return to see the exhibits inside.

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Reviewed 30 August 2017

Well maintained and beautiful walks throughout the garden. Pet friendly. Lovely. Can't wait to revisit!

Thank jujubean4
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Reviewed 8 August 2017

The love and care of both volunteers and biologist show clearly at the Highlands Botanical Gardens. It's a cool, pleasant walk, no matter the time of year. Many plants are identified and specific gardens, like the bog garden, the fern walk and the native plant...More

1  Thank lhaiglerjr
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David Y
12 January 2017|
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Response from GatorGirl417 | Reviewed this property |
It depends on the weather that year, but there are several varieties that bloom throughout May, June and July. If you go during those months you are sure to see some!
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Susanmarie25
27 June 2015|
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Response from Martin ` | Reviewed this property |
I do not know, but you might try Google.
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