10 Magical Reasons to Visit The Garden This Fall

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…

Our Top 10 Fall Activities for Families at the
Huntsville Botanical Garden


1. Legendary Scarecrows

With a picturesque Pumpkin Patch, nothing says family fun like the ever-popular Scarecrow Trail at the Huntsville Botanical Garden! This year’s scarecrows are accompanied by a spectacular pumpkin & gourd display, with special scarecrows in the Children’s Garden created by local schools. Amp up the spooky fun for older kids with a Scarecrow Trail Night Hike October 4th and 18th at 6:00 PM.

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2. Fall Break Activities in the Children’s Garden

Looking for something to do during Fall Break? HBG offers fun activities every day. Head to the Children’s Garden for bean bag games, hula hoops, and sidewalk chalk, as well as a different fall-themed craft each day. Free with Garden Membership or admission – no registration required.


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3. Fall Break Kid’s Camp

HBG offers a camp option for all of Fall Break week October 7-11, 2019. 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!

4. Fall Plant Show

Did you know the fall is the BEST time to plant trees, shrubs, and perennials in your garden? October 18th & 19th will be the 10th year The Garden will share its native trees and shrubs, ornamental plants, fall vegetables, and pansies with you! They also offer a limited number of specially-selected pollinator trees and shrubs at their Fall Plant Show.

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5. Fall Animal Show

Get ready to soar when the Southeastern Raptor Center from the Auburn School of Veterinary Medicine brings their popular show to the Garden on October 9th at 11:00 AM and again at 1:00 PM. This all-ages program is a great opportunity to see these magnificent creatures up close and learn some interesting facts!


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6. Hamburgers & Hayrides

Nothing says Fall like a fun hayride! Hamburgers & Hayrides includes a delicious lunch and lots of outdoor fun on October 8th. There are two seatings: 11:00 AM and Noon.

7. Learn Something New

Kids love the Huntsville Botanical Garden, and there are two great programs that combines nature, music, and arts & crafts just for kids! Seeds to Sprouts is for little ones ages 2-5 and their caretakers. Clap for Classics brings music and the natural world together for kids October 4th and 18th. Pre-register in advance.

8. The Dogwood Cafe

There’s a great restaurant located inside HBG and it’s the perfect spot to grab lunch with your family. (Or ditch the kids and spend a lovely afternoon with your girlfriends!) The Dogwood Cafe serves up salads, sandwiches, soups, and has a great kid’s menu too.


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9. Fall Tea Party In the Garden

What could be more lovely than tea at the Garden? Grab your friends and head to this HBG Tea Party for tea cakes, pumpkin muffins, chicken salad croissants, cucumber sandwiches, fruit salad, and, of course, tea! Reservations required.

10. Bootanica!

Hands down, this is our favorite Halloween event in town for the Eight & Under crowd. This spooktacular event is all about Halloween fun, with crafts, games, face painting, music, hayrides, and more. Visit the BOOtterfly House for Trick or Treating and join in the popular Costume Parade! Just get your tickets ASAP for this October 26th event – it fills up FAST!

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