Family fun at Missouri Botanical Garden including a tropical rainforest and a Japanese strolling garden. Kids love feeding koi fish!

I love flowers and nature so naturally a visit to the gardens is always a must! (I love my membership that gives reciprocal membership!) I heard the Missouri Botanical Garden was beautiful especially the Japanese Gardens so a visit here was a must. Absolutely recommend it!

Disclosure: A huge thank you to Explore St. Louis and their partners for providing complimentary tickets for my family. Read full disclosure policy here.

Getting Started at Missouri Botanical Garden

If your kids LOVE feeding fish, you must buy fish food first at the gift shop. Best $1.50 spent! As of 2021, reservations are recommended because they still operate with limited capacity. There is a one way path to follow.

Pretend to be in the tropics

Follow the path to the Climatron where the tropics await. Find waterfalls, a chocolate tree, and more!

Family fun at Missouri Botanical Garden including a tropical rainforest and a Japanese strolling garden. Kids love feeding koi fish!

Take a stroll through the Japanese Gardens

At 14 acres the Japanese Gardens are one of the largest Japanese strolling gardens in North America. Definitely my favorite area to explore. We lucked out with the cherry blossoms in peak bloom! Absolutely gorgeous!

Family fun at Missouri Botanical Garden including a tropical rainforest and a Japanese strolling garden. Kids love feeding koi fish!

Feed fish

We found koi fish in the Japanese Garden by the pier as well as a majority of them by the bridge. Look for a little nook to feed the hungry fish. If the kids didn’t run out of fish food, they would probably have stayed here the entire time!

Family fun at Missouri Botanical Garden including a tropical rainforest and a Japanese strolling garden. Kids love feeding koi fish!

Final thoughts of Missouri Botanical Garden

If you love flowers and being outdoors, a visit to the Missouri Botanical Garden is a must! I highly recommend a visit when you’re in St. Louis.

Nitty Gritty

Website: https://missouribotanicalgarden.org/
Address: 4344 Shaw Boulevard, St. Louis, MO

 

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