When a new family moves to the Rocket City, one of the first things we like to tell them is to take the kids to the Huntsville Botanical Garden. “It’s my favorite place in the world,” six year-old Lucy likes to tell her friends. While HBG is fun year-round, there’s just something about visiting in the Fall that we like best. Don’t just take Lucy’s word for it… here’s why we love it too!
Our Top 10 Fall Activities for Families at the
Huntsville Botanical Garden in 2021
1. Festifall Celebration
This two-month Fall celebration encompasses All Things Fall! As the air turns crisp and the leaves begin to change color, there’s no better place to connect with nature and enjoy the beauty of autumn than the Huntsville Botanical Garden during Festifall. Be sure to visit September 4 – October 31, 2021.
2. Legendary Scarecrows
With a picturesque Pumpkin Patch, nothing says family fun like the ever-popular Scarecrow Trail at HBG! This year’s scarecrows are nature-themed, and as always, the scarecrows are created by local community members. Amp up the spooky fun for older kids with a Scarecrow Trail Night Hikes October 8th and October 22nd.
3. Family Campouts
Ready to take your little ones camping but not sure how they’ll do? HBG has some wonderful Family Campouts planned where you can tent camp inside the Garden in a safe, enclosed (and fun!) environment! Mark your calendars for October 1st and October 15th – just be sure to reserve your spot online in advance.
4. 2021 Fall Break Kid’s Camp
HBG offers an Autumn Adventures camp option for all of Fall Break week October 4-9, 2021. Flexible options make it easy to attend the whole week or just on the days you need. There will be fun activities planned every day just for kids! Sign up here – spots are going fast!
5. So Many Photo Opportunities!
Between the gorgeous Fall mums, seasonal pumpkin displays, and the tractor & wagon scene, September – October is a great time to head to HBG with your camera and your family. This year is even more special because of the breathtaking Night Blooms evening walk-through exhibit, and the whimsical Uncaged exhibit taking place throughout HBG.
6. HBG Fall Plant Sale
Did you know the fall is the BEST time to plant trees, shrubs, and perennials in your garden? In 2021, October 7-9 and October 15-16 will be the 12th year The Garden will share its native trees and shrubs, ornamental plants, assorted berries, and select herbs with you! They also offer a limited number of specially selected pollinator trees and shrubs at their Fall Plant Sale. Swing by during their five days in October.
7. Learn Something New
Kids love the Huntsville Botanical Garden, and there’s a great new program that combines nature and STEM just for kids in grades K-8! Nature Academy classes are a two-hour adventure into science at the Garden led by our certified educators. They are open to all homeschool, public school, and private school students in the area. Pre-register in advance.
Got a Little One that loves nature? Then Seeds to Sprouts is just the program for you! For ages 2-5, this unique program 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.
8. The Garden Railway
A very popular spot on HBG grounds, this adorable miniature train runs through a model European village. features a church, fire station, restaurant, and homes amid a waterfall, two ponds (with fish) and a stream. Forests, a bog area, and a farm complete the scene.
9. Purdy Butterfly House
The nation’s largest open-air butterfly house is open through September and is home to over 1,500 native butterflies (and some turtles, too). Enjoy a stroll among our winged friends and the waterfalls, ponds, streams, and lush vegetation.
10. Halloween at HBG!
The past few years, The Garden has hosted a wonderful members-only event for kids that is SO MUCH FUN. Their Fall Family Fun Night is all about Halloween, costumes, crafts, games, music and more. Visit the BOOtterfly House for Trick or Treating and join in the popular Costume Parade!
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