The 17-acre Myriad Botanical Gardens, celebrating a 25th anniversary in 2013, include a children’s garden, splash fountains, a band shell, walking trails, a dog park and the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory, which at 224 feet long and 70 feet wide, might remind you of a spaceship. Inside the conservatory (admission charged), guests can wander among more than 2,000 varieties of plants that grow in two areas: a tropical wet zone and a tropical dry zone. Visitors circle upper and lower paths and read about topics like foods from the rainforest and the healing powers of tropical plants. Plan on spending 30 to 45 minutes inside the conservatory.
The site underwent a recent renovation replacing the acrylic panels on the conservatory and adding water features and an events lawn and pavilion to the gardens. Check the website for special events including concerts, gardening workshops and children’s activities.
The Myriad Botanical Gardens are within easy walking distance of other downtown Oklahoma City attractions, including Bricktown and the Oklahoma Museum of Art. Don’t expect the elaborate, expansive themed gardens you’ll see in some cities, but this is a pretty and well-maintained attraction.