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Norfolk Botanical Garden

Walk among azaleas, camellias and rosebushes. Watch pelicans in flight and absorb the scents of exotic blooms.

Covering 155 acres (63 hectares), Norfolk Botanical Garden is filled with thousands of plants spread across many themed gardens.

Discover what’s in bloom and see the sights on foot, by boat or by tram. Follow the 12 miles (19 kilometers) of paved trails that wind in and out of the gardens. 

From March 16 to October 20 a narrated tram tour travels through the attraction, stopping at seven locations. The free journey is offered every hour on weekdays and every half hour on the weekends. For a small supplementary charge, take a floating journey along the garden’s canal system and across Lake Whitehurst. This 45-minute narrated boat tour is operational between April 1 through May 27 as well as September 4 through October 20. The vessels are wheelchair accessible. For prices and timings visit Norfolk Botanical Garden’s website.

Step into the Enchanted Forest, a wooded wonderland of oak, hickory and pine trees. Admire the beauty of Renaissance Court, a re-creation of a 16th-century Italian Renaissance garden with its neat rows of grass terraces. Picnic at one of the tables next to Lake Whitehurst and enjoy views across the water. Bird lovers should bring binoculars for good views of some of the 95 species that have been spotted among the forest’s trees and shrubs. These include herons, pelicans, eagles, ospreys and kestrels. 

The botanical garden also caters to children. Let them dig in the dirt and learn about bugs at The Dirt Factory in the WOW (World of Wonders) Children’s Garden. This 3-acre (1.2 hectare) garden playground also houses several other interactive learning experiences including fountains and jet sprays and six themed habitats from around the world.

Situated next to Norfolk International Airport, the garden is only a short drive from downtown Norfolk. You may park free adjacent to the main visitor center.
The Norfolk Botanical Garden is open daily.


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Lodging Near Norfolk Botanical Garden

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La Quinta Inn & Suites Norfolk Airport $76
La Quinta Inn & Suites Norfolk Airport

La Quinta Inn & Suites Norfolk Airport

1387 N Military Hwy, Norfolk
     
    4.2
    of 5, from 1,030 reviews
    2.5 out of 5.0

    Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.4 km) from Lake Taylor Hospital and within 3 mi (5 km) of Sentara Leigh Hospital and Hampton Roads Agricultural Research and Extension Center. Norfolk Botanical Garden and Cypress Point Country Club are also within 6 mi (10 km).

    Wingate by Wyndham - Virginia Beach Norfolk Airport $71
    Wingate by Wyndham - Virginia Beach Norfolk Airport

    Wingate by Wyndham - Virginia Beach Norfolk Airport

    5800 Burton Station Rd, Virginia Beach
       
      3.9
      of 5, from 1,451 reviews
      2.5 out of 5.0

      Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2 mi (3.2 km) from Lake Taylor Hospital and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Cypress Point Country Club. Norfolk Botanical Garden and Lynnhaven House are also within 6 mi (10 km).

      Econo Lodge Little Creek $48
      Econo Lodge Little Creek

      Econo Lodge Little Creek

      7969 Shore Dr, Norfolk
         
        3.8
        of 5, from 460 reviews
        2.0 out of 5.0

        Situated in Norfolk, this hotel is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Norfolk Botanical Garden and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Hampton Roads Agricultural Research and Extension Center. Lynnhaven House and Cypress Point Country Club are also within 6 mi (10 km).

        Premier Inn $55
        Premier Inn

        Premier Inn

        7940 Shore Drive, Norfolk
           
          2.3
          of 5, from 62 reviews
          2.0 out of 5.0

          Situated in Norfolk, this hotel is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Norfolk Botanical Garden and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Hampton Roads Agricultural Research and Extension Center. Lynnhaven House and Cypress Point Country Club are also within 6 mi (10 km).

          Best Western Center Inn $62
          Best Western Center Inn

          Best Western Center Inn

          5718 Northampton Blvd, Virginia Beach
             
            3.6
            of 5, from 573 reviews
            3.0 out of 5.0

            Located in the heart of Virginia Beach, this motel is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Lake Taylor Hospital and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Cypress Point Country Club. Norfolk Botanical Garden and Lynnhaven House are also within 6 mi (10 km).

            Americas Best Value Inn Norfolk $63
            Americas Best Value Inn Norfolk

            Americas Best Value Inn Norfolk

            1850 E Little Creek Rd, Norfolk
               
              2.5
              of 5, from 31 reviews
              2.0 out of 5.0

              Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Norfolk Botanical Garden and within 6 mi (10 km) of Hampton Roads Agricultural Research and Extension Center and Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center. Lake Taylor Hospital and Gallery of Military Circle are also within 6 mi (10 km).

              Comfort Inn & Suites Virginia Beach - Norfolk Airport $59
              Comfort Inn & Suites Virginia Beach - Norfolk Airport

              Comfort Inn & Suites Virginia Beach - Norfolk Airport

              5808 Burton Station Rd, Virginia Beach
                 
                4.1
                of 5, from 382 reviews
                2.5 out of 5.0

                Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2 mi (3.2 km) from Lake Taylor Hospital and 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Cypress Point Country Club. Norfolk Botanical Garden and Lynnhaven House are also within 6 mi (10 km).

                Red Roof Inn Virginia Beach - Norfolk Airport $53
                Red Roof Inn Virginia Beach - Norfolk Airport

                Red Roof Inn Virginia Beach - Norfolk Airport

                5745 Northampton Boulevard, Virginia Beach
                   
                  3.3
                  of 5, from 643 reviews
                  2.0 out of 5.0

                  Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2.1 mi (3.5 km) from Lake Taylor Hospital and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Cypress Point Country Club. Lynnhaven House and Norfolk Botanical Garden are also within 6 mi (10 km).