Denver Botanical Gardens
Whether you’re making a trip into Denver or you’re a local to the colorful state of Colorado, the Denver Botanic Gardens is a must see for anyone who appreciates flowers and animals, or simply getting out and experiencing something new and different that you don’t see on a daily basis.
From Japanese inspired gardens to a prairie birding safari ride to sites of wild and local flowers, your spouses, family, children and friends will absolutely love the sites that they’ll experience at the botanic gardens.
At the time of this writing, the gardens are stretched over a 24 acre plot of land that hosts 18 arid gardens native to Colorado. You can see everything from Cactus and succulents to green ornamental grasses to yucca and, of course, other stunningly beautiful flowers.
How long does it take to go through the Denver Botanic Gardens?
Although there are many things to see at the gardens, viewing the gardens at your own leisure typically takes around 2.5 hours and sometimes a little longer. Some folks prefer to get through the exhibits quicker and will leave within an hour and a half.
Remember to treat the gardens as if they were your own, please don’t step, walk, or trample over any flowers or plants just to get through the exhibition quicker. These plants are extremely well care for and it would be a terrible shame to see them carelessly destroyed.
Also, keep in mind that they request no loud music, skateboards, scooters, frisbees, sleds, or cigarettes and vaporizers of any kind. This is to ensure the longevity of the exhibitions.
Do you have to pay to get into the botanic gardens?
General admission into the gardens can range between member pricing and non member pricing. You can find more detailed information on pricing here.
Prices typically range between $11.00 for Non-Member Children (ages 3-5) and $15.00 for Non-Member Adults.
Keep in mind that there are free days that also occur throughout the year, so it’s certainly worth keeping track of those days so you can plan accordingly. Because of the pandemic, they have expanded their free access program to special events and daily admission.
Are the gardens open in the winter time?
Absolutely. The cold weather doesn’t keep the beauty of the gardens away. In the winter time there are many sights to see including beautiful blankets of snow, ponds with flourishing fish swimming about, and a tropical conservatory inside a 3 story dome. Amazingly you’ll find everything from palm trees to cocoa beans. If you catch the gardens at the right time, you can even witness the orchid showcase that takes place between January and February.
Since all that walking has made you hungry, afterwards, you can make your way to the Offshoot Café which is located near the main entrance. There you’ll find your standard items such as sandwiches, salads and some cool sweets!
What to wear
Dress accordingly, since the gardens are open year-round you’ll want to make sure you bring plenty of sunscreen and water in the summer months, a poncho if the forecast calls for rain, and long sleeves, pants, a winter coat, gloves and a hat in the cold winter.
No matter the time of year, you’ll want to make sure to bring comfortable, low-heeled shoes for walking or hiking, and a hat or visor since we tend to get a lot of sun . Oh, also be sure to bring a phone or camera to take pictures with, you’ll regret it if you forget!
Do they require masks to get in?
At the York Street and Chatfield Farms, those who are unvaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear masks – both for their protection and the protection of the other guests. Masks are not mandatory, however, social distancing is strongly encouraged for everyone.
Because of covid 19, entry into the gardens is limited to 30 minute blocks, therefore, it is highly advised that you arrive within 30 minutes of your chosen time. If you arrive outside of the 30 minute window, you may not be allowed to enter.
Directions to the gardens:
From the south:
Take I-25 northbound approaching the city of Denver. Take exit 205 onto S. University Blvd for 3.5 miles (approximately 10 minutes). This street will turn into Josephine St. Continue until you arrive to York St. Make a left on E. 11th Ave and immediately make another left on York St. You’ll see the gardens on your left hand side.
From the north:
Take I-25 southbound towards Colorado Springs. Exit 213 toward downtown for 1 mile. Merge onto Park Ave W and continue onto 22nd st for .6 miles. Use the right 2 lanes to turn right onto N Broadway. In 1 mile turn left onto E 14th ave. Proceed for another 1.5 miles and turn right onto York St where the gardens will be on your right side.
From our office:
Take Todd Dr and turn right onto Jordan Rd continuing straight for approximately 2.9 miles. Turn left to merge onto E-470 S. After 3.6 miles keep left to continue on CO-470 W for 5 miles. Take exit 21 to merge onto S. University Blvd and continue for 11.3 miles. University Blvd will turn into Josephine St. Continue for 1.1 miles and turn left onto E 11th Ave. Make an immediate left onto York St and the destination will be on your right side.
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