I just got back from my second conference trip to Atlanta. The first time around I went to see the Georgia Aquarium and the Coca-Cola museum between sessions. The weather was beautiful, so I decided to venture out a little further this time and check out the Atlanta Botanical Garden. I have to say, this is by far the best botanical garden I have ever visited. There is so much to do! The Fuqua Conservatory Center and the Orchid Center were pretty cool and are the center piece of the botanical garden. I actually preferred some of the other exhibits though. Even though.. in the center they did have some really cool frogs and I can now say I have seen the most toxic frog in the world, the Golden Poison Frog. There were a number of these bright yellow frogs in a small aquarium and supposedly even one of them can actually kill up to six people. Crazy, right? The Edible Garden is pretty cool and you can see featured recipes for some of the veggies that are grown there. They even have a whole wall with herbs growing on it! The Fragrance Garden was pretty small, but one of my favorite parts. It was really fun to rub some of the plants between my fingers and smell the intense scents. One of my favorite soap scents is lemon verbena and I was excited that they had a few lemon verbena plants there since I had never seen one in real life. I loved the Canopy Walk where you walk through the tops of the trees of a small forest on a wooden walk way. On a random side note… I also loved the two big metal frogs I found sitting on some benches. Too cute! And they kind of reminded me of the street art in Austin 🙂
Know before you go
- It’s a little pricey. I think I paid almost $20 entrance fee. I thought it was worth it though.
- Atlanta can be pretty hot and you’ll be walking around quite a bit. Bring some water!
- Contrary to most snack bars in museums and the like, the Garden Cafe in the Atlanta Botanical Garden is awesome. They have lots of healthy and tasty options and you have the choice between sitting inside or outside.
- I found Atlanta’s public transportation pretty difficult and getting to the Atlanta Botanical Garden from Downtown Atlanta would have involved taking the subway and a bus and walk the last piece. I decided on a cab instead which was about $12. Be aware though… you better ask your cabbie for his number before he leaves, so that you have a way to get back in the city when you’re done.
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