Group Tours

Contact:Lena March – Group Sales, Corporate & Social Events
Telephone: (757) 441-5830 x311
Email:Lena.March@nbgs.org

2016 Group Tour Options

Download our printable 2016 Group Tour Brochure

NEW for 2016 –  Land, Lake & Lunch Tour: This all inclusive tour is ideal for small groups of up to twenty-three individuals interested in the full Garden experience! Tour package includes admission to the Garden, guided boat tour, narrated tram tour, boxed lunches and one hour rental of our Garden Picnic Pavilion. Guests are encouraged to explore the Garden on their own after their scheduled tours. Advanced reservations required. (Min. 10/Max. 23) Available June-October 2016. 10AM & 12PM Daily $40 per person

NEW for 2016 –  Secret Garden Tour: Explore the Garden’s hidden gems with one of our experienced garden guides! Smaller groups will enjoy a guided walking tour through areas of the garden not accessible by our garden trams. Tour package includes admission to the Garden and private garden tour. Moderate walking. Guests are encouraged to explore the Garden on their own after their scheduled tours. Advanced reservations required. (Min. 15) $20 per person

NEW for 2016 – Behind the Seasons Tour: There is always something growing, blooming or changing here at the Garden! Our Behind the Seasons Tour is ideal for small groups interested in exploring the Garden’s seasonal highlights and new additions. Tour package includes admission to the Garden and guided walking tour. Moderate walking. Guests are encouraged to explore the Garden on their own after their scheduled tours. Advanced reservations required. (Min. 15) $20 per person

NEW for 2016 WPA Historic Tour: Small groups are invited to immerse themselves in the Garden’s splendor and discover its unique cultural heritage. Tour package includes admission to the Garden and historical walking tour. Moderate walking. Guests are encouraged to explore the Garden on their own after their scheduled tours. Advanced reservations required. (Min. 15) $20 per person

2016 Self Guided Visit: Groups of twenty or more receive a discount on full-price admission to the Garden with advanced registration! Your visit includes admission to the Garden and narrated tram tour. Guests are welcome and encouraged to explore the Garden on their own after their scheduled tours. Advanced reservations required. (Min. 20) Available May 9th -December 31st 2016.  $10 per person

2016 Motor Coach Tram Tour: Attention tour operators and group travel companies, add Norfolk Botanical Garden to your bus tour itinerary! Norfolk Botanical Garden is a premier horticultural attraction located in the heart of Coastal Virginia. Tour package includes 25 minute narrated tram tour only. Groups interested in exploring the Garden before or after the tram tour will need to book the Self-Guided Visit. Advanced reservations required. (Min. 20) $9 per person

Private Boat Tours for Group: Groups are invited to book a private boat tour highlighting the plants and wildlife through our Garden canals and around serene Lake Whitehurst with our friendly and knowledgeable garden guides.  Private Boat tours can accommodate up to 23 passengers.  Advanced reservations required. (Maximum Capacity 23 Guests) Guests can also purchase tickets individually for the public boat tour on a first come basis. See visitor center for public boat tour schedule and ticket pricing or click here for more information on our public boat tours. Available June -October 2016. $185 per boat

Picnic Pavilion Reservation: Our covered picnic pavilion overlooking Lake Whitehurst is the ideal setting for groups interested in adding an informal group picnic or cook-out to their visit. The picnic Pavilion offers 10 picnic tables, charcoal grills, electricity, adjacent parking and convenient restrooms. Pavilion rental fees do not include Garden Admission. Half Day Rental (April- October: 9am-1pm or 3pm-7pm/November-March 9am-12pm or 2pm-5pm) $50 / Full Day Rental (April-October 9am-7pm/November-March 9am-5pm) $100

2016 Dominion Garden of Lights Group Tram Tour: Norfolk Botanical Garden’s Dominion Garden of Lights Display was voted one of America’s top ten holiday light shows! Every year, the Garden is transformed into a winter wonderland. Groups of twenty or more individuals are invited to experience this spectacular display aboard one of our covered garden trams. Advanced reservations required. (Minimum Booking 20 Guests) Available November 28th – December 15th and December 26th – December 29th 2016.  Monday-Thursday Only: 7:30pm. $10 per person *Deposit for minimum booking required to secure reservation. Final payment for Dominion Garden of Lights Group Tram Tour balances due at least two weeks in advance of scheduled visit. 

Payment: All major credit cards are accepted. Please make checks payable to Norfolk Botanical Garden. One person should handle payment for your entire group. For groups arriving by motorcoach, admission is complimentary for the driver and one group escort.


Children’s Group Tours

Our education department has many specialized tours available for youth and children’s groups. Please visit our school programs page for more information.


Garden Gift Shop

Even the locals love our Gift Shop, stocked with a wide array of unique gift items. Favorites are pottery, specialty food items, unusual souvenirs and gardening books.

Accessibility

Trams, garden pathways, picnic shelters, buildings and restrooms are wheelchair accessible. Wheelchairs are also available at the Guest Services Desk on a first come basis.

Location

Norfolk Botanical Garden is located at 6700 Azalea Garden Road adjacent to the Norfolk International Airport. From Williamsburg, follow I-64 to Exit 279, turn left on Azalea Garden Road from Norview Avenue. From Virginia Beach, take I-264 to I-64 (Richmond) to Exit 279 B.Turn left on Azalea Garden Road from Norview Avenue. The Garden entrance is on the right. Drivers will receive instructions at the tollbooth. Free parking for motorcoaches is adjacent to Baker Hall Visitor Center.

Hours of Operation

Spring/Summer Hours (April 1  – October 15): 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Fall/Winter Hours (October 16 – March 31): 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Group Tour Refund Policy

All tours will be held rain or shine.  There are no refunds for inclement weather.
-Cancellations 30 or more days prior to the reservation date: Full Refund.
-Cancellations less than 30 days prior to the reservation date: No Refund.
-Programs cancelled by the garden due to closings will be refunded in full.  In the case of cancellations due to closings, every attempt will be made to contact group tour coordinators by phone or email.