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.

Longwood Gardens–Kennett Square, Pa

Known for its stunning interior, seasonal blooms and lighted water displays, the Longwood Gardens is a magnificent experience for those who are interested all sorts of curiosities, including insect-catching plants and a wall completely covered in greenery. Psst—investigative tots will enjoy the secret stairway in the Indoor Children’s Garden.

Online: longwoodgardens.org

photo: JR P via flickr




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

— Amber Guetebier, Christal Yuen & Gabby Cullen