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.

Atlanta Botanical Garden–Atlanta, Ga

Home to a 600 ft canopy of oak, hickory and poplars, the Atlanta Botanical Garden is like waltzing through a fairytale. Different flowers bloom during different seasons so no one experience is the same. And for the kids, there’s an interactive fountains and program activities from egg dyeing, learning about ladybugs, stroller walks and more.

Good to know: Be on the lookout for the dozen of sculptures scattered throughout the grounds.

Online: atlantabg.org

photo: David Berkowitz via flickr




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

— Amber Guetebier, Christal Yuen & Gabby Cullen