Things To Do
Open year-round, the Huntsville Botanical Garden contains diverse ecosystems to explore within its 112 acres. From grassy meadows to woodland paths, aquatic habitats to stunning floral collections, the Garden invites guests of all ages to discover the beauty and wonder of the natural environment. Stroll along the nature trails while admiring collections of Alabama’s native plants. Play freely in the Children’s Garden after encountering the fluttering butterflies in the nation’s largest open-air butterfly house. Find serenity in the cool shade of the trees, surrounded by the sounds of nature. With additional events, exhibits, and programs throughout the year, the Garden is a source of plant conservation, education, and celebration for all.
Tucked away in the Garden and built from locally sourced sapling branches, the giant sculpture will twist and turn to create an interactive installation for visitors to explore freely. Like a portal to another world, Stickwork will offer guests of all ages a chance to play, imagine, and find inspiration in nature.
Featuring over 40 swings in nine areas throughout the Garden, In Full Swing is an invitation to slow down, relax, and find joy in nature this summer. From porch swings to hammocks to swings the size of a twin bed, each area offers a new way to experience some of the Garden’s best views. Join us to kick up your feet and rediscover one of the simple joys of the summer, surrounded by the beauty of the Garden in bloom.
Illuminated by the warm glow of the setting sun, the Golden Hour invites you to unwind and enjoy the Garden’s natural beauty in a new light. On Wednesdays in May through August, we welcome you to explore our 112 acres with food, drinks, and live music, enjoying an elevated evening experience whether you are strolling along our nature trails or lounging in the grass. Bring a blanket or lawn chair, spread out with friends, and make new memories together, rain or shine!
New to camping? Don’t feel like traveling far to spend a relaxing evening outdoors? Join us for our Garden campout! We will have a hot dog dinner, s’mores to roast over the fire, a story at bedtime, and a chance to experience the Garden on a guided night hike.
Enjoy the Garden with your four-legged friend! Every Monday night from 5:00 p.m. to close, dogs are welcome in the Garden. Bring your canine companion along to explore our dedicated pet-friendly paths and spend time in nature with your loved ones, tails and all!
Tweetsville is a new immersive experience in the Children’s Garden that explores the role that birds play in our ecosystem. Guests can observe birds in their natural environment, learn about their native habitats, and discover how plants, animals, and people rely on each other to create a healthy ecosystem.
Our camp programs are designed to immerse children in nature and foster their connection to the natural world. Through hands-on, engaging STEM activities, our certified instructors guide campers through an exploration of the natural world and the role we all play in our own environment. Campers participate in a variety of outdoor projects and play activities that inspire curiosity, creativity, and exploration.
With new and improved classes for ages 2-5, Seeds to Sprouts is an opportunity for children to discover the wonder of nature and science at a young age. Through stories, guided exploration, and STEM activities in the Garden, Seeds to Sprouts allows your little one to develop an appreciation of the natural world that will grow with them for years to come.
There’s no better time to see the explosion of color in the Daylily Garden! Featuring over 800 types of daylilies, the Daylily Garden will be at its peak in early June, and we are celebrating these stunning blooms with the annual Daylily Festival. Volunteers from the Daylily Society will be available to greet guests, show them around the Daylily Garden, and answer questions about these brightly colored beauties.
Guests of all ages will enjoy sharing in the magic of safely releasing live butterflies into the Purdy Butterfly House. This program begins with a brief presentation about butterflies and their habitat, followed by taking part in the safe restoration of our indoor butterfly population. Don’t forget your camera – these photo opportunities are not to be missed!
The Purdy Butterfly House is a must-see in May through September! Peak Butterfly Season is the best time of year to visit the fluttering butterflies in the nation’s largest open-air butterfly house. This immersive habitat is home to over 1,000 brightly-colored native butterflies.
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Our 112-acre garden is open year-round and contains a diverse ecosystem of meadows, upland and bottomland forest, wetlands, and a variety of specialty gardens and native plant collections.
A map of our Garden that you can print off or view from your phone.