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Stroll through tranquility in Myriad Botanical Gardens

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A 15-acre natural escape in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City, Myriad Botanical Gardens welcomes groups of all ages and interests. The gardens’ centerpiece is the Crystal Bridge Conservatory, home to thousands of tropical and desert plantings. Within the 13,000 square feet, groups can discover 750 varieties of plants, a cascading waterfall and a sky bridge.

Myriad Botanical Gardens, Oklahoma City, Okla.

Photo: Myriad Botanical Gardens Myriad Botanical Gardens, Oklahoma City, Okla.

At 224 feet long and 70 feet in diameter, the conservatory is covered by 3,028 sections of translucent, double-layered acrylic panels. The Tropical Wet Zone is watered daily; the Tropical Dry Zone receives water from April through September, followed by drought from November through March. The conservatory is ADA accessible to the first and third levels.

Guided indoor and outdoor tours, which run 30 minutes to one hour, expand visitors’ plant knowledge. Tours are subject to availability and must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.

“Groups are sometimes surprised to learn chocolate actually grows on trees and when you eat cinnamon, you’re eating bark,” said Leslie Spears, director of marketing and public relations. “The natural world is wondrous and we should take care of it as best we can.”

One of the most treasured autumn traditions in Oklahoma City is Pumpkinville, when the Children’s Garden is transformed into “Prairie Pumpkin Town.” It features thousands of pumpkins, hundreds of gourds, fall foliage and fun activities.

In the winter, Myriad Botanical Gardens transforms its plaza into the Devon Ice Rink. Groups can skate across 5,500 square feet of real ice, and indulge in seasonal food and beverages.

Tulips, Myriad Botanical Gardens, Oklahoma City, Okla.

Photo: Myriad Botanical Gardens Tulips, Myriad Botanical Gardens, Oklahoma City, Okla.

“Always, always check our events calendar online to find out what’s going on,” Spears said. “If it’s summer, you could join us for a movie or a concert on the Great Lawn. If it’s spring, you can see our 30,000-plus tulips. There is a variety of events for every group.”

Visitors are typically directed to the pavilion space near the Children’s Garden for lunch because of its convenience, but food and drinks are allowed anywhere on the outdoor grounds (but not inside the conservatory).

For more information, call 405-445-7080 or visit oklahomacitybotanicalgardens.com.

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Cortney Erndt, Associate Editor

Cortney Erndt oversees Student Group Tour magazine and contributes to all Group Tour Media publications, online and in print. She has an affinity for adventure travel; find her on a sky ledge — maybe sky diving — and reporting on it. Her favorite destinations connect cityscapes with captivating culture and good coffee.

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