LanternAsia 2018


Presenting Sponsor Towne Bank

Learn more about our LanternAsia Opening Party

Choose a night from the calendar below & purchase your ticket.

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What are the days and hours of operation for LanternAsia? 
Entry into LanternAsia is from 9am to 9pm daily starting Friday, March 9, 2018 through Sunday, May 19, 2018. Last entry at 9pm, The LanternAsia exhibit closes at 10pm. Click here to learn more about the exhibition.

I am a Garden Member, do I have to pay?

March 2018  (9am to 4pm Free to Garden Members).  After 4pm admission is $15 adults, $10 children (3 to 17), children 2 & younger are Free.

April – May 19, 2018 (9am to 5pm Free to Garden Members).  After 5pm admission is $15 adults, $10 children (3 to 17), children 2 & younger are Free.

How much are tickets for not yet Garden Members?
Tickets are $20 (not yet members); $10 (children 3 to 17); children 2 & younger are Free. 

Is there a limit to how many tickets I can purchase as a Garden Member?
Yes, the limit is 6 Member tickets per membership. 

When are tickets available?
Online date-specific ticket sales are on sale now. Day-of online tickets sales end at 4pm each day. Day-of in-person ticket sales (if available) may be purchased the evening of your visit at the Visitor Center. Ticket availability is updated on our Facebook page nightly. 

How do I get tickets?
When you purchase your date-specific tickets online, you will receive two emails. One is confirmation of your purchase. The second email will have a link to your e-ticket. You do not have to print out your e-ticket.  We can scan your ticket right from your smartphone! 

Do I have to purchase my ticket online?
No, if we are not sold out, you can purchase your tickets on the night of your visit, if tickets are still available. We will post on Facebook each evening.  

Do you have discounts?
Yes, for Garden members. Advanced reservations for groups of twenty or more are available. Please visit our Group Tour Brochure for more information. 

What if I can’t use my ticket?
LanternAsia is a rain-or-shine event. Tickets are not refundable. The Garden will reschedule tickets with 48 hours’ notice when possible. 

Will I see the lighted lanterns at 4pm?
Although it is still light at 4pm, the Garden will open its gates to members and guests so they can explore our 175 spectacular garden acres before it gets dark around 5pm. Many families who chose to come in early can also avoid long traffic lines during our peak visitation hours. 

Can I touch the lanterns on display?
The lanterns are considered works of art. Please do not touch, sit or climb on the displays. 

How long is the walk through LanternAsia?
The exhibition route is approximately one mile long. It is accessible for strollers, wheelchairs, and mobility assistance devices. A limited number of wheelchairs are available on a first come first served basis in our Visitor Center. 

Will tram shuttles be available during LanternAsia?
Again this is a walking event. Public trams will not travel through the exhibit, however, tram shuttles from the end of the exhibit back to the Visitors Center will be available during the day from 10am to 4pm. Guided tram and walking tours are available with advanced reservations for groups of twenty or more. 

Where do I park for the LanternAsia?
Parking attendants will direct you to park in the main lot. Parking is free. 

Can I visit the Garden without purchasing an admission to the LanternAsia Exhibit?
LanternAsia is an extensive exhibit that encompasses a large portion of the Garden. Separate Admission tickets to the Garden only are not available. 

I am a member of a reciprocal garden. Do I receive the member discount?
No, only Norfolk Botanical Garden members receive the special evening discount.
9am to 4pm is free to Garden members and reciprocal gardens.  Everyone will be charged beginning 4pm.

Is food available? May I bring food from outside?
Yes. Marigold & Honey will provide a number of snack and beverage options. Outside food and beverages are not permitted. 

Will the Garden Gift Shop be open during LanternAsia?
Yes. Our Gift Shop located in the Baker Hall Visitor Center will be open during the event. Check out our variety of garden-inspired merchandise for gardeners, nature lovers and more – perfect for gifting or getting! 

Can I take photos? What about selfie-sticks?
Yes, we encourage you to take photos – use the hashtag #LanternAsia. Visitors may also use monopods or selfie-sticks with care. Tripods are not allowed. 

May I bring a pet to LanternAsia?
No. Norfolk Botanical Garden does not allow animals, except for ADA-designated service animals. No bikes or running please as this is a walking event only. 

Am I allowed to smoke during LanternAsia?
Smoking is not permitted in the exhibit. 

Can I walk into the Garden to see LanternAsia?
Due to the safety of our guests, we will not allow guests to walk into the Garden from the main entrance road after 5pm. 

Are there restrooms available?
Yes, the Butterfly Garden restroom is on the route and our Visitor Center and Rose Garden Hall buildings are open nightly until 10pm.