If you are a gardener on the road and looking for things to do in Wyoming, one of your most often searched terms is likely to be “botanic gardens near me.” Luckily for you, Cheyenne Botanic Gardens will be a search result worth exploring.
Seeing different gardens is a nice way to see how the differing climates and vegetation give each garden a chance to shine.
Some botanical gardens are known for their extensive size, differing exhibits and number of plants. Others are small and very specialized to plants of the region. And still others have extensive children’s gardens for those travailing with kids in tow.
Looking for things to do in Wyoming? Be sure to add the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens to your list. It features a children's garden, lovely walking trails and a tropical conservatory. Click To Tweet
Cheyenne Botanic Gardens
Cheyenne Botanic Gardens is basically three exhibits – each splendid in its own right. Enjoying all three of them together makes the visit very special.
There are lots of sculptures. Each area of the park makes use of bronze statues in some way.
Shane Smith Grand Conservatory houses lush tropical plants with exquisite water features and a 34 foot tall palm tree.
Paul Smith Children’s Village is a must-see garden designed for children but enjoyable for visitors of all ages.
Shane Smith Grand Conservatory
This large brick and glass building has three floors, each with themed exhibits.
The ground floor is a tropical paradise. Huge palms and banana plants are inter planted with tropical species of all types.
A koi fish pond and other interesting water features add to the tropical feeling in the conservatory.
Conservatories are always interesting to me, since they allow me to enjoy plants most often grown as houseplants in North Carolina where I live.
As you go up the levels of the conservatory, you will also find other themed exhibits such as a bonsai house, a desert garden, a fairy garden and more.
Paul Smith’s Children Village
Children’s gardens always appeal to my inner child. They are filled with whimsical touches that compliment the plants nearby so well.
Paul Smith’s Children Village is no exception. The mosaic cowboy boot at the entrance gave us promise of Western things to come!
From a geo-dome gazebo, to bronze statues of adults, children and even Peter Rabbit, each area is a treasure.
There are even child -sized garden benches where the kids can take a break from all the fun and enjoy the flowers.
When we visited, the children’s garden had an incredible display of giant zinnias in full bloom that delighted the senses.
This area of the children’s garden is 3/4 acre and has many interactive landscapes.
Gravity powered water works, a windmill, Archimedes’ screw, Indian teepees and the cutest dog house with a planted roof were some of my favorites.
Your child will be delighted to try their turn at playing the wind pipes which have sounds that seem to go on forever.
The outside gardens
You can wander through herb gardens, sensory gardens and the perennial garden.
Enjoy a twisty stroll through the winding garden labyrinth. The trails are easy to walk and offer shade from tall trees that surround them.
The historic Rotary Century Plaza gives visitors an idea of the life of early Wyoming settlers of the 1700s, 1800s and 1900s.
You can even view a large steam train that is on display.
The community vegetable garden was a delight to see. It had the largest rainbow Swiss chard plants if have ever seen!
There is something new around every corner.
Visiting Cheyenne Botanic Gardens
If you are in Wyoming, be sure to add the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens and Paul Smith’s Children Village to your itinerary.
Thanks to their generous sponsors and volunteers, admission is free for all ages. It is nice to find an attraction of value without having to pay to enjoy it.
The main grounds of the gardens are open from dawn to dusk. The Conservatory and Children’s Village are open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM, and from noon to 5 PM on Sundays. They are closed on Mondays and also closed on Sundays from September to May.
You can find the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens at 710 S. Lions Park Drive in Cheyenne, Wyoming, just a few minutes from downtown Cheyenne and about 90 minutes from Denver, Colorado.
You can find out more about the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens here.
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