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5 Reasons to Become a Member: Huntsville Botanical Garden

5 Reasons to Become a Member: Huntsville Botanical Garden

We think Huntsville is a great place to raise children and the many family-friendly, kid-centric museums and attractions provide plenty of opportunities to keep those kids busy. For locals, purchasing a membership is a great way to save money (most family memberships pay for themselves in two visits) and support these wonderful non-profits at the same time. In our newest series 5 Reasons to Be a Member we’ll highlight what we consider to be the biggest draws for each of these attractions and why we think “membership really does have its privileges.”

Thanks to a mutual friend in North Carolina, Susan was one of the first friends I made in Huntsville and the Huntsville Botanical Garden was one of the first places she took me. I knew after that first visit that this garden was going to be one of my favorite things about Huntsville and several years later, it still is.

I’ve named five reasons here but I could have named 20. It’s simply one of the VERY BEST things about Huntsville and well worth the $125 annual family membership fee.

5 AWESOME Reasons to Join the Huntsville Botanical Garden

1. Party at the Children’s Garden!
Walk over the rainbow or journey through the jurassic trail? The Children’s Garden is sure to entertain younger guests.

Whether you’re looking for a playdate venue, enjoying Wacky Wednesdays, or going on a Firefly Hike, the Children’s Garden is a great place for the younger visitors to play and explore! They’ll love splashing in the Pollywog Bog during the warmer months, creeping through the jurassic plants, skipping over the rainbow, peering at the rocket, and more!

BONUS: The Children’s Garden area is completely enclosed, making it hard for little Houdini’s to escape, and a safe place for kids to run and play year-round.

The Pollywog Bog is a kid-favorite during the warmer months.
2. It’s the Perfect Escape Year-Round
A mom holds her baby while sitting on a a hay bale surrounded by pumpkins during their Scarecrow Day at the Huntsville Botanical Garden.
Festifall at the Huntsville Botanical Garden offers several photo opportunities.

When thinking of a garden, you may only think of warm weather and sunshine, but the Huntsville Botanical Garden is perfect year-round. You can splash in the pollywog bog during the warmer months, have a scarecrow day in the fall, enjoy a major discount to the award-winning Galaxy of Lights during the holidays, and go on a scavenger hunt for new blooms in the spring.

3. Speaking of Discounts…
Two people prepare to walk through a series of green and blue lit arches at the Huntsville Botanical Garden's Galaxy of Lights.
New additions will make walking nights even more special

Members enjoy tons of discounts to special events, programs, camps, and classes throughout the year! Is the Galaxy of Lights a favorite holiday tradition? You can snag tickets for less! Interested in the Garden’s Seeds to Sprouts classes or summer camps? Members pay less. As an added bonus, you can take your membership with you on the road. As a member of the Horticultural Society Reciprocal Admission Program, a membership to the Huntsville Botanical Garden also gives you admission to gardens across the nation including Cheekwood Gardens, Memphis Botanic Garden, Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Knoxville Botanical Gardens & Arboretum, and more.

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4. A few minutes of peace.
The bed swings are a big hit and perfect for relaxing.

Sure, there’s plenty of room to run and explore, but the Garden is also perfect for slowing down and relaxing! Whether it’s sitting on one of the benches to soak in the nature, hanging out in the hammocks in the Garden, or even finding one of the swings from In Full Swing, the Garden can also be a relaxing retreat.

The Garden is the perfect place to enjoy a peaceful summer.
5. Nature never looked so good.
The Garden is home to various types of plants and blooms that are all stunning.

For all the family-friendly fun there is to be had at the Huntsville Botanical Garden, it can be easy to forget that first and foremost this is a botanical garden and it’s easily one of the most beautiful spots in the Tennessee Valley. Every year HBG brings a new feature or traveling exhibit that kids will love – tree houses, LEGOS, kinetic sculptures, whimsical story-themed structures… be sure to check what’s coming next!


Do you have a favorite reason to be a member that we missed? Leave your reason(s) in our comments below. Have we convinced you to become a Huntsville Botanical Garden member? Click here for details on membership benefits and various membership options and make sure you tag us when you share a photo on Facebook!


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