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Washington Park Botanical Gardens

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Address: 1740 W Fayette Ave, Springfield, IL 62704
Phone Number:
+1 217-544-1751
12:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Fri 12:00 - 16:00
Sat - Sun 12:00 - 17:00

Garden consisting of 9,000 square feet of greenhouse area and a...

Garden consisting of 9,000 square feet of greenhouse area and a conservatory featuring more than 150 species of tropical plants.

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Central park but Springfield size

If you want a break from the Lincoln history, this park is a grand find. It is a little tricky to navigate with its one way accesses, but it basically is a large loop. Great... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 August 2016
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Springfield, Illinois
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

I live about a mile from Washington Park, I walk in the park 4-5 times a week. And yet, this month when my grand kids were in town, and we went to Washington Park, I re-discovered the area around the Carillon. The Botanical Gardens were just beautiful! There were many hidden gems, small areas with lovely decorative trees and plants.... More 

1 Thank Cumming2140
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

If you want a break from the Lincoln history, this park is a grand find. It is a little tricky to navigate with its one way accesses, but it basically is a large loop. Great walking loop that covers the entire park. The botanical gardens are well cared for, and easily accessible to all ages. There is a small indoor... More 

3 Thank rickophoto
Springfield, Illinois, United States
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38 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

The Park: This park features a playground, a rose garden, a small botanical hothouse garden, tennis courts, a small lake with a boardwalk area, and a carillon that has regular concerts - so there's always lots to do! There are also fun events throughout the year so be sure to check the park's website and see if something will be... More 

1 Thank Stephanie T
Springfield, Illinois
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12 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016

Washington Park Botanical Gardens has a plethora of different plant species. This is a well-kept, free-of-charge venue. Periodically, they have special events and sales of plants. It is also located near the carillon, and the Carillon Festival is another very enjoyable activity!

1 Thank avax14
Quincy, Illinois
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153 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2016

Visited on a hot day in June. The plants worth a visit. I was a bit disappointed with the rose garden outside and they needed some care.

1 Thank 01Freckles
Indianapolis, Indiana
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2016

The inside part is small but nice. The outside part consist of a nicely arranged garden with beautiful roses and a variety of other flowers and plants.

2 Thank PRSRES
Decatur, Illinois
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77 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2016

We concentrated on the Carillon and the playground. Both were excellent. The playground seemed to have some equipment that could be dangerous but the kids seemed to like it. The bathrooms were exceptionally clean. We also had a picnic at the table. It wa a good experience.

2 Thank janrteach20
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132 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2016

Whether one is there to listen to the Carillon, take a walk through the grounds, picnic, or just to enjoy peaceful surroundings, it won't be disappointing. There is beauty there every season. Great place to take photos as well.

2 Thank LucyLucerne
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65 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2016

Lot to see, lots of people milling about, was kind of difficult to find, but I didn’t drive nor navigate there, so out of my hands. Nice place to relax.

1 Thank JayR101
Springfield, Illinois
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105 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2015

If you are gardener or just like strolling through gardens and relaxing, this is a great place to spend a couple of hours. If you like roses, you will love seeing hundreds of roses placed in the terraces around the gardens.

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