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“Galaxy of Lights was Incredible”

Huntsville Botanical Garden
Ranked #4 of 79 things to do in Huntsville
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Huntsville Botanical Garden is open year-round and boasts a picture perfect aquatic garden, a spectacular wildflower and nature trail and numerous specialty gardens and plant collections. The Children’s Garden and Nature Center contain the nation’s largest seasonal butterfly house and eight specialized gardens aimed toward the younger set. Children and adults alike will enjoy a stroll through the dinosaur garden, the space garden, storybook garden and more. Family festivals include Beaks and Barks, Huntsville Blooms, the Scarecrow Trail, and the nationally recognized Galaxy of Lights, and be sure not to miss our annual summer exhibits, designed to appeal to children and families. The Garden also has a gift shop, indoor and outdoor facility rental options, and education programs for all ages. The Garden is a privately run 501c3 non-profit, which receives a majority of its support from garden members, supporters, and corporate donors.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 16 December 2017

Heard all about the seasonal Galaxy of Lights at the Botanical Garden so we did the driving tour. They also have nights for walking tours and dog walking tours.

It was very cold so did the driving tour. Bought the ticket online for $20 per car. At the gate they are $25 per car. You can have up to 10 people in the car for that price.

We went early around 5:15 so we could take our time and enjoy the numerous lights and displays along the course. They will recommend turning to 98.5 on the radio so you can pair the tour with Christmas music. Very nice treat.

Thank Cathy C
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Reviewed 4 December 2017 via mobile

Worth doing if ever here. I have been to the gardens during daylight and it was nice. The drive thru lights are a great deal with the kids.

Thank Cody A
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Reviewed 2 December 2017

We visited the garden for a picnic lunch and enjoyed the fall flowers and scare crow exibits. It was still fairly warm; so, it was nice to sit at the tables providd in the shade of a tree and enjoy a refreshing lunch.

Thank Jimmy R
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Reviewed 21 November 2017

Many years ago we drove from Birmingham (1 1/2 hr.) to drive through the Christmas light display at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens. It was nice, but we did not think we needed to make the trip again. Then a relative sent us an email with a link to information about the event and we decided it was worth another trip. They now offer the option to walk through on certain nights (also biking and bringing your dog) and we thought that would be fun. We bundled up against the cold and paid the $7 to walk the nearly two mile trail. It was nice to be able to get closer to the displays and to linger longer on favorites. It was also easier to get pictures of displays and pose with them. Early on, there was a chance to leave the trail to visit Santa or get "spirited" coffee at a booth. My husband chose the shot of Kahlua and I chose the Baileys for my coffee $4. We sipped the coffees as we walked and warmed up nicely. About half way along the trail, there was an area to use portable toilets and Santa's sweet shop. We didn't stop here, but I heard there was hot chocolate. Walking is only an option on certain nights. We could see where cars would exit, but we were able to continue walking along the lake and kinetic sculpture area and entered the Grand Hall to use the restrooms and to look around the lovely gift shop. There is also a cafe in this building, but we did not take time to eat.
We haven't stopped talking about what a good time we had and plan to make this an annual trip.

Thank Jenny W
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Reviewed 21 November 2017 via mobile

Amazing! This is one thing you won’t want to miss and where else can you walk off two miles after dinner and be happy?
The Festival of Lights covers just about everything a child can imagine including Dinosaurs! Impressive work all done by volunteers!

Thank D2821ITroberts
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