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The North Carolina Botanical Gardens in Chapel Hill, NC

Outdoor Activities - Things to Do - Chapel Hill


The North Carolina Botanical Gardens are located in Chapel Hill and are part of the Carolina campus. Here you can drink in all that nature has to offer. Made up of trails, display gardens and natural areas, there is a wealth of treasure to discover. Visitors to the display gardens, located off 15-501, will find native plants, one of the largest collections of carnivorous plants in the Southeast and an amazing variety of rosemary plants.

This is a great place to take children. The short nature trail is accessible by children as young as four. Additionally, in the herb garden, children can go on a fairy hunt. There's a zoo garden too. The giant chess set with pieces that stand about three feet high, is another family favorite.

Adjacent to the garden is the Mason Farm Biological Reserve - a wild research area within the garden. The 900-acre area supports 800 species of plants, 216 species of birds, 29 species of mammals, 28 species of reptiles, 23 species of amphibians and 67 species of butterflies.

The NC Botanical Garden has a beautiful new visitor eduction center that was built with the environment in mind. Features such as rainwater cisterns, geothermal wells and photo-voltaic panels make the building a prototype for energy savings. The visitor center is the site for demonstrations, tours and other educational programming for all ages.

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