Taking your kiddos to the playground is one thing, treating them to a dose of nature’s playground is a next-level experience they’ll want again and again. The following botanical gardens across the country are not only bursting with rare blooms and exotic trees, they’re also centers for learning about everything from saving the bees to fishing to fairies. And as it turns out, there’s plenty of fun for mom and dad, too. Click through the gallery to find out 18 sweet spots for budding botanists.

San Francisco Botanical Garden–San Francisco, Ca

The famous San Francisco fog brings about a different climate for unique greenery, including rare plants that can no longer be found in their native habitat. Story lovers can sit amongst the 55-acre urban oasis for story time, which is free for all. The Children’s Garden is also an activity center for crafts, gardening and botanical exploration.

Online: sfbotanicalgarden.org

photo: Kathryn Rummel




What’s your favorite garden to visit? Let us know in the comments below! 

— Amber Guetebier, Christal Yuen & Gabby Cullen