There are two incredibly diverse botanical gardens in Basel. Both with their own charm and both extremely family friendly.  The spring is the ideal time to visit local gardens with children of all ages.

Merian Gärten
If you have not yet been to Merian Gärten (sits behind Grün 80) please promise yourself that you will pay this remarkable garden a visit in the very near future. With a playground for the children (sandpit, running water, slide and climbing area), incredible Iris gardens in the spring, vegetable gardens, chickens, sheep and rabbits, the entire family can enjoy spending time in nature. And don’t forget to sip a coffee at the gorgeous café (located behind the beautiful white and gray estate) while your children run freely through the grass and count the fish in the koi pond.

Address: Vorder Brüglingen 5, 4052 Basel Right behind the St. Jakob Indoor Arena.  Accessible via tram 14 – St. Jakob stop.
Hours: Daily 8:00 until dusk
Admission: Free
http://www.meriangaerten.ch
http://www.seegarten-gruen80.ch/park (Next to Botanical Garden)
*Café onsite

Tip:  The Eurasian Blue Tits are very friendly at the park.  If one is patient, they will happily land on your hand, bringing incredible joy to everyone.

Botanical Garden of the University
With an indoor greenhouse filled with birds, frogs and other incredible animals, children can easily learn to love plants and animals in a single visit. Menander through the gardens and explore – you won’t be disappointed. The greenhouse is an ideal treat in winter, providing a magical place to warm – up! Visit their website for special events.

Address: Schönbeinstrasse 6, 4056 Basel
Hours: April to October 8:00 – 18:00
November to March: 8:00 – 17:00
Greenhouses: All year 9:00 – 17:00
Admission: Free
botgarten.unibas.ch

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