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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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Mid-century Modern Lakefront Estate, Close to Va Beach & Chesapeake Bay

Mid-century Modern Lakefront Estate, Close to Va Beach & Chesapeake Bay

4259 Heutte Dr, Norfolk
4.9
of 5, from 22 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated on the beach, this vacation home is 2 mi (3.3 km) from Hampton Roads Agricultural Research and Extension Center and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Norfolk Botanical Garden. Lynnhaven House and Norfolk Premium Outlets are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$67
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 1,437 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).

$48
Econo Lodge Little Creek

Econo Lodge Little Creek

7969 Shore Dr, Norfolk
3.8
of 5, from 455 reviews
2.5 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 Norfolk Premium Outlets are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Premier Inn & Suites

Premier Inn & Suites

7940 Shore Dr, Norfolk
2.3
of 5, from 62 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Norfolk, this hotel is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Norfolk Botanical Garden and 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from Hampton Roads Agricultural Research and Extension Center. Lynnhaven House and Norfolk Premium Outlets are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$79
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Norfolk Airport

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Norfolk Airport

1500 N Military Hwy, Norfolk
3.7
of 5, from 677 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Lake Taylor Hospital and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Norfolk Botanical Garden. Norfolk Premium Outlets and Sentara Leigh Hospital are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$54
Red Roof Inn Virginia Beach - Norfolk Airport

Red Roof Inn Virginia Beach - Norfolk Airport

5745 Northampton Boulevard, Virginia Beach
3.2
of 5, from 627 reviews
2.5 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).

$51
Best Western Center Inn

Best Western Center Inn

5718 Northampton Blvd, Virginia Beach
3.6
of 5, from 544 reviews
3.5 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).

$55
Sleep Inn Lake Wright - Norfolk Airport

Sleep Inn Lake Wright - Norfolk Airport

6280 Northampton Blvd, Norfolk
3.8
of 5, from 699 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Norfolk, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Hampton Roads Agricultural Research and Extension Center, Lake Taylor Hospital, and Cypress Point Country Club. Gallery of Military Circle and Sentara Leigh Hospital are also within 3 mi (5 km).