How To Visit The Denver Botanic Gardens With Kids

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Denver is a great city to visit when in Colorado and most people traveling to Colorado will fly into Denver. I always recommend spending a few days in this city as there is so much to see and do. 

The Denver Botanic Gardens is a great place to get away from the city while still being in the city. It is located in a quiet neighborhood and is the perfect way to spend a morning with kids. There are tons of fun paths and trails that your kids will love walking through and most paths are stroller friendly. 

These gardens also have a designated children’s area for kids to run around and play. This post will help you plan your perfect day to the Denver Botanic Garden with kids. 


Things To Know Before Your Visit:

Denver Botanic Gardens are a great place to visit with kids of all ages. The spring and summer are my favorite times to visit but they have fun things to see and do all year round. Below are a few things to keep in mind before you visit:

1. The gardens are open every day of the week. Sometimes there are special events going on so it is a good idea to check their website and make sure everything you want to see and do is open.

2. Tickets can be purchased online or in person. I always recommend purchasing tickets online since they do limit the amount of people per hour who can enter the gardens. Adults are $15.75 and children between the ages of 3 and 15 are $11.50. Children under 3 are always free.

3. There is limited free parking available at the gardens. I prefer to arrive early in the day to make sure there is parking available. There is also street parking nearby if the lot is full.

4. You can bring your own food and drink into the gardens. This is super helpful if you are visiting with kids. If you don’t bring any food, there are a few places to buy food inside the gardens as well. 

5. Most of the paths in the gardens are stroller and wheelchair friendly. There were a few areas where we just parked our stroller so we could explore some paths but the main paths all accommodate strollers. 

6. The Children’s Gardens is not attached to the main garden area. The children’s garden is located across the street from the main garden and located on the third floor of the parking structure. There is an elevator to access the garden so feel free to bring strollers with you.  


Things to Do Inside the Gardens:

Once inside the gardens, there are so many great things to see and do. When visiting with kids, I would highly recommend exploring the main gardens first. The Children’s Garden area is a great way to end your day when visiting with kids. Below are some must do things when visiting the gardens:

1. Grab a map from the ticketing office or download the map online. This will help you plan your day and figure out where everything is. 

2. Go on a hunt and find all the spirit guides. These are super colorful statues that are located throughout the gardens. My kids loved looking for all the different statues. 

3. Visit the Ornamental Gardens area. This is where there are tons of beautiful flowers and also where the tulips are in bloom during the spring.

4. The water gardens is also a great area to visit with kids. My kids loved this area and all the water plants. There is also a pond at the center with some ducks which is always a hit with kids. 

5. The amphitheater is a great place to let the kids run around. This is also a great place to have a picnic. 

6. The Japanese gardens area is a great place for kids to explore. The pond with koi fish is always a hit with my kids.

7. Make sure to visit the Children’s Garden area. This is a great place to let your kids play and explore at the end of your visit. Like I mentioned earlier, the children’s garden area is located across the street from the main gardens and is located on the third floor of the parking structure. 

The Children's Garden Area:

This is a must visit place at the Denver Botanic Garden when visiting with kids. It is a nice area with lots of natural elements that kids can climb, explore and play in. This is the perfect area to let kids run around and play at the end of your day at the botanic gardens. 

There are some nice areas to have a picnic lunch in the children’s garden as well. They are located at the very end of the path through the children’s garden so just keep that in mind if you are looking for them. The bathrooms are also located near the picnic area too. 

There are plenty of spaces for kids to climb rocks, go down fun paths, explore plant life, go across bridges and enjoy amazing views. My kids personally loved the suspension bridge and loved going across it multiple times. 



The Denver Botanic Gardens is a great place to visit with kids when exploring Denver. There are so many fun areas throughout the gardens that your kids will love exploring. If you are looking for an outdoor activity to do with kids in Denver that is reasonably priced, look no further than the Denver Botanic Gardens.