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.

Bellevue Botanical Garden–Bellevue, Wa

Beyond wildflowers, ferns and nature trails, the Bellevue Botanical Garden’s attraction for tiny gardeners is The Living Lab Program. Little hands from kindergarten through fifth grade can learn all about the outdoors---from wood and what products can be made to how to identify native plants.

Online: bellevuebotanical.org

photo: Bellevue Botanical Garden




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

— Amber Guetebier, Christal Yuen & Gabby Cullen