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.

Portland Japanese Garden–Portland, Or

A Japanese sanctuary in Portland with five distinct styles that’ll bring feelings of peace, tranquility and harmony. Little ninjas will slow down their speedy legs to take in the zen sand lots, koi ponds, tea gardens and more. Portland Japanese Garden is also near a playground and rose garden, so there’ll be no shortage of fun after a day of sightseeing. 

Online: japanesegarden.com

photo: Portland Japanese Garden 




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

— Amber Guetebier, Christal Yuen & Gabby Cullen