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Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Questions & Answers

Richmond, Virginia

How much of the garden is shaded? Thinking about visiting on a 90+ degree day with 2 girls ages 4 and 6 and their grandpa. Just not sure if we will be miserable or if there is enough shade to enjoy ourselves. I'm sure my kids would love the water play area, but is there a shaded place for the adults to sit while the kids play?

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Richmond, Virginia
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There is a water play area in the children's section to help cool them down. There is some shade throughout, but many areas are in full sun. Buildings are air conditioned. A hot day in Richmond, VA, is exactly that...HOT and, usually, pretty humid.

2 months ago
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Yes! Benches and a shade structure with rocking chairs.

over a year ago
Chesterfield, Virginia
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It was almost 90 when we visited. There are plenty of shady areas and benche to sit on. And the buildings are all air conditioned.

over a year ago
Norfolk, Virginia
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I was there on a very hot day. The. children's section looked like great fun. While in other spots there were plenty of spots to get in the shade, I did not see as much shade in the children's area but there were places not far Luke the butterfly exhibit that was fun for kids (although extremely humid) with shade. There was a huge tree that was difficult to see under but was shady and cool underneath and fun for kids look out unseen.

over a year ago
Richmond
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There are plenty of place to seek shade, however you will of course be walking in the sun to see everything. They have a really nice Teahouse restaurant out in the gardens as well to get a break from the heat.

over a year ago
Saint Augustine Beach, Florida
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Not a lot of shade. Beastly hot days are probably not the best time to visit.

over a year ago
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They have some shaded places but a lot is out in the sun. It may not be the best for the older travelers until a more forgiving day. There are some inside areas where they could go if they got hot, the tea room and the bathrooms, gift shop all have ac.

over a year ago
Ashland, Virginia
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On the main drag there is not shade, but if to walk to the right and explore in that direction there is a lot of shade. The kids area is about 100 yards long. The front part is not shaded but once you get to the water play and then to the smell garden and sandbox, there is plenty of shade. The earlier or later you go in the day, the more shade yo will have.

over a year ago
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I'm not sure since we have gone only during the Christmas holidays. I do know they have a nice section for young children under the age of 12 or younger. I do remember there were lots of benches and places to stop so you can enjoy the section. It was a nice place to enjoy, but not sure how it would be with the temperature readings we have had the last few days. I'm a very hot nature person and I think I would be somewhat miserable. On the other hand, my husband loves the hot weather and he would love walking around in the heat. I hope this helps you somewhat.

over a year ago
Houston, Texas
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The play area is not very large but the kids will enjoy it. And benches in the shade to sit on.

over a year ago
Richmond, Virginia
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There are shady areas, but it's still really hot, especially with the humidity. I'd try to go early in the day, or on a Thursday evening. The library and cafe are convenient places to cool off. For a grandparent, I'd choose a cooler activity in this heat.

over a year ago
Richmond, Virginia
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There are some shady paths to walk around the smaller ponds. Also partial shade around the lake. The conservatory is a good temperature and the cafeteria is indoors and cool. The treehouse is shaded too.

over a year ago
Charlottesville, Virginia
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There is not very much shade at the gardens so you need light clothing, sunscreen, hat and plenty of water. The butterfly house is nice for young kids.

over a year ago
San Antonio, Texas
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Unfortunately, most of the garden is not shaded. When we visited a couple weeks ago, the temps were in the low 90s with high humidity. We wanted to see many different parts of the garden so decided to seek coolness and consume liquids every hour or so. I'm not sure that young and old visitors would do well during the summer months. But please do consider the wonderful garden when the temperatures cool down!

over a year ago
Raleigh, North Carolina
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They can always go inside to the spacious cafeteria and enjoy a cool drink at one of the tables looking out to the courtyard.

over a year ago
Williamsburg, Virginia
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Hi I was there in May with temperatures in the 70's there are areas shaded but most is out in the open. Better. Go in early fall or spring especially for Grandpa! Well worth the visit and u may want to visit Colonial Williamsburg when the grandchildren are at least 5 or older. Great area for familiesâś…

over a year ago
Danville, Virginia
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I would not go with those people on a 90 degree day. There is not very much shade. There is a kids' garden/play area, but I don't know if it has any water to play in.

over a year ago
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The children's area is shaded by a humongous oak tree, there is a shade garden and Asian garden that are shaded too. I'd recommend walking straight back (early in the day) to the beautiful botanical building, then go to the children's area and walk back through the shaded areas mentioned to have lunch at the Cafe! Enjoy.

over a year ago
Penn Run, Pennsylvania
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I would make sure that you bring sunscreen and of course wear hats. You should be fine as there are shady places along the way.

over a year ago
Richmond, Virginia
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I would say there is lots of shady places and I am sure there was a seating area by the play bit which was covered.

over a year ago
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