Adult Group Tours

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

2017 Group Tour Options

Download our 2017 Group Tour Brochure

Download our 2018 LanternAsia Group Tour Brochure

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 May-October. 10AM & 12PM Daily $40 per person

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

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

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

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

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. Guests must also pay Garden Admission.  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 May -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, 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

2017 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 December 1st – 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. 

LanternAsia Twilight Tram Tour: Groups of twenty or more individuals are encouraged to book a reservation to experience this spectacular exhibit best seen at night! Twilight Tram Tour Package includes admission to the
LanternAsia Exhibit and LanternAsia Exhibit Tram Tour. Guests are welcome and encouraged to explore the LanternAsia Exhibit on their own after their scheduled tour.  Advanced reservations required. (Min 20). March: Available 5pm Monday-Thursday. April: Available 6pm Monday-Thursday.  $25 per person. 

Behind the Screens Tour: Take a peek behind the screens of our LanternAsia Exhibit! This unique walking tour is ideal for smaller groups interested in learning more about the rich history of the lantern tradition and the unique construction of this one of a kind exhibit! Behind the Screens Tour Package includes admission to LanternAsia Exhibit and guided walking tour. Advanced reservations required. (Min 15) Available at 3pm or 6pm daily. $25 per person

Self-Guided LanternAsia Tours: For tour groups of twenty or more with advanced reservations.  This Self-Guided Tour Packages includes admission to the Garden and LanternAsia Exhibit and a reserved LanternAsia Tram Tour. Available 12:30-2:30PM Daily (Min.20) Monday-Thursday $15 per person Friday-Sunday $18 per person

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.

Marigold & Honey Cafe

Open seasonally, Marigold & Honey is a counter service bistro style cafe offering gourmet sandwiches, soups, salads, freshly-squeezed lemonades, smoothies and daily selection of baked goodies with free delivery anywhere withing Norfolk Botanical Garden. For more information on group reservations, boxed lunch options or catering services pleas visit the Marigold & Honey home page.


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.


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.