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“Nice park for younger kids”

Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park
Ranked #1 of 81 things to do in Springfield
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The 112-acre Springfield Botanical Gardens at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park contains a number of garden attractions including the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden and Dr. Roston Native Butterfly House; the historic Gray-Campbell Farmstead; picnic pavilions; access to the South Creek Greenway. The park is open sunrise to sunset. The Botanical Center/ welcome center is open Monday-Saturday 8 am - 8 pm and Sunday 11 am - 6pm April - October. The building closes at 5 pm November - March. The majority of the park is free.
Atlanta, Georgia
Level 5 Contributor
61 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Nice park for younger kids”
Reviewed 28 December 2013 via mobile

We visited this park with our 3 and 6 year olds. They had a great time on the playgrounds. The park is fairly barren in the winter but the botanical center building is open. The gardens are brown. The butterfly house is warm weather only. The pond was even drained. I'm sure it is pretty in the summer. The big kids would be bored.

Visited December 2013
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Springfield, Missouri
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great Park”
Reviewed 25 November 2013

This is a beautiful park. Walk around the lake with the kids or run/bike on the Greenway trails that connect. It's a great place to spend a few hours.

Visited May 2013
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Springfield, Missouri
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“My favorite park”
Reviewed 25 November 2013

I have watched this park go from a little to a lot. The gardens are amazing! I go often and always see something new. It's a great place to stroll and see the many beautiful plants. I take my granddaughter and she lives it there.

Visited August 2013
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Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Best park in Springfield!”
Reviewed 25 November 2013

We love, love, love this park! Its very large and lots of variety of areas/activities to meet the needs of anyone at any age. Very nice garden areas, flowers and other plants. Ducks & geese around the pond area. Horses can be seen near the back side of the park area, along the Greenway trails. Great exercise/play areas for the kids around the pond and at the main park area. Plenty of parking.

Visited November 2013
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Springfield, Missouri
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“An awesome place for walking or biking”
Reviewed 3 November 2013

Nathanael Greene Park is my favorite park in the city of Springfield. It's gardens are terrific. Walking around the small lake is a pleasure. If you're wanting to picnic they have some tables but not a lot.

Visited October 2013
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Katie S, Manager at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, responded to this review, 4 November 2013
Thank you for your response. The park is large with several locations for picnic tables. No doubt we could probably use more. For a quick reference, here's where you can find picnic tables: 5 on the Botanical Center Roof Plaza. 8 under the Nathanael Greene Pavilion with 9 more scattered in the lawn nearby. 6 at the Japanese Stroll Garden Pavilion. 1 by the Butterfly House. 3 near the Dwarf Conifer Garden. 5 near the Hosta Garden. 3 in the old "hog barn" covered shed across from the NatureGrounds Playground. There's also community rooms available for rent inside the Botanical Center.
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