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Garvan Woodland Gardens
Ranked #1 of 78 things to do in Hot Springs
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Garvan Woodland Gardens, the University of Arkansas' 210 acre botanical garden, is one of eight public, woodland gardens in the country and the only one located on a body of water. The Asian garden is ranked as the fifth best in North America, and in 2012 Garvan Woodland Gardens was named as one of the Top Five Most Spectacular Gardens In America. Over five miles of trails, unique bridges, waterfalls, a Children's Adventure Garden, and architectural wonder Anthony Chapel wedding complex are some of the highlights. View brilliant blooms year-round and one of the state's most elaborate outdoor holiday lights displays with over 4 million lights from mid-November through December; special night time hours. CLOSED JANUARY. Open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. February 1-November 20. Open Noon- 9 p.m. November 21-December 31. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Days. Admission: $15 adults, $5 ages 6-12, free ages 5 and under. Golf cart rides available on a first come first served basis for additional $15 per person. Chipmunk Cafe open 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. daily. Pet friendly and many ADA accessible trails.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Baby buggy parking, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase
Level 5 Contributor
84 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 June 2014

The gardens are beautiful. It is a lovely drive to it and the grounds are kept pristine.
I do not know if there is an off season for blooms but check on line to see when best time to go. We went in May.

Visited May 2014
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English first
Springfield, Missouri
Level 6 Contributor
171 reviews
70 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Even in the rain this place is a treasure”
Reviewed 10 June 2014

My sister and I traveled about five hours south from Missouri to visit this lovely garden in the woods in Hot Springs Arkansas. It was very rainy that day but our Volunteer(thanks John) that showed us the gardens over an hour or so walk was not phased as he filled us in on the history and the layout along with what plants we were seeing. Ps They also provide you with clear umbrellas so don't let the rain deter you !
The pathways are shaded and designed with intricate detail. You may want to keep your eyes open this summer for sightings of Big Foot and Sea Dragons as the Mystic Creatures Topiary designs throughout the forest fill your imagination and fill your eyes with wonder as you ask for a favor from the fairies or the fairy "gordmother" !
The Japanese garden here boast the fifth best Japanese garden in North America. The cascades, rocks ,bridges and falls are delightful and peaceful so take the time to sit on a bench and take it all in.
During the spring they have a daffodil and tulip display and in the winter they have light display along with fire pits and marshmallow roast and hot chocolate . I cant wait to go back and enjoy that.
This is a must see if you visit the Little Rock or Hot Springs area. The fee is only a ten dollar one and if you need to ride they have cart tours available.

Visited June 2014
3 Thank soarinval12
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Hot Springs, Arkansas
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Visit ANY time of the year.”
Reviewed 10 June 2014

A beautiful garden to visit with a new Japanese garden walk. Try to get a docent tour to learn more about this wonderful place. In the spring there are thousands of bulbs, recently a glass sculpture was on display, there is always something wonderful around the next corner on the garden path.

Visited June 2014
Thank Friday_Wyrd
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Spring, Texas
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 June 2014

This attraction is worth every penny! It was hot and the purchase of an inexpensive fan was well worth it--it even looked like a piece of art!

Visited June 2014
Thank Cindy M
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Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“So So”
Reviewed 8 June 2014

If you are handicapped please beware. The trails are not hard paved!!! A few are for a very short distance. You have trails that end in stairs and you have to backtrack to go around. The maps are a mess. You can't really tell where you are. They have golf cart tours for extra money but they also travel the same trails and if they meet up with someone who is handicapped it can be a problem. We would not go back.

Visited June 2014
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