Group Tours

Contact: Jessica Hintz – Guest Services & Group Sales Coordinator
Telephone: (757) 441-5830 x311
Email:Jessica.Hintz@nbgs.org

2015 Group Tour Options

Self-Guided Group Visits: Groups of 20 or more receive a discount on full-price admission to the Garden with advanced registration! Advanced reservations required. (Minimum Booking 20 Guests) $9 per person

Dominion Garden of Lights Group Tram Tours: 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) Reservations available November 30-December 17, 2015 and December28-31. Monday-Thursday: 7:30pm. $10 per person *Deposit for minimum booking required to secure reservation. Final payment for 2015 Dominion Garden of Lights Group Tram Tour balances due at least two weeks in advance of scheduled visit. 

Private Boat Tours for Groups: 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. $185 per boat

Picnic Pavilion Reservations: 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 $50 / Full Day Rental $100

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.


Group Tour Options March 7 – April 30 2016

In spring 2016, Norfolk Botanical Garden will transform the garden’s landscape with LanternAsia Art by day, Magic by night.  Colossal works of art will mesmerize guests of all ages. An ancient tradition, which began more than 2,000 years ago in China, has traveled to Beijing, Sydney, and Rotterdam, and soon this magnificent lantern exhibit will leave guests awestruck in Virginia for the first time – Ever!

Witness 25 magical illuminating works of art crafted from silk, steel with traditional Chinese themes that include nature, wildlife, folklore and structures that replicate those found in China.  The highly detailed workmanship of these Chinese craftsman artisans will leave you breathless.

This exhibit is the largest of its kind and will only happen at Norfolk Botanical Garden.

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 Garden and LanternAsia Exhibit and LanternAsia Exhibit Tram Tour. Guests are welcome and encouraged to explore the anternAsia Exhibit on their own after their scheduled tour. Advanced reservations required.  March @ 5pm daily. April @ 6pm daily. (Minimum Booking 20 Guests) $20 per person

Behind the Screens Tour: Take a peek behind the screens of our LanternAsia Exhibit! This unique walking tour is ideal for groups ten-twenty individuals 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 the Garden and LanternAsia Exhibit and guided walking tour. Guests are welcome and encouraged to explore the Garden and LanternAsia Exhibit on their own after their scheduled tours. Advanced reservations required. (Minimum Booking 15 Guests) Monday-Thursday 9am-2pm.  $25 per person

Self Guided Exhibit Tour: Groups of twenty or more individuals are encouraged to book a reservation to experience this spectacular exhibit! Self Guided Tour Package includes admission to the Garden and LanternAsia Exhibit and LanternAsia Exhibit Tram Tour. Guests are welcome and encouraged to explore the Garden and LanternAsia Exhibit on their own after their scheduled tour. Advanced reservations required for groups of 20+. 9am-2:30pm daily. Monday-Thursday $15 per person Friday-Sunday $18 per person

Motor Coach Group Tours: Attention tour operators and group travel companies! Add LanternAsia at Norfolk Botanical Garden to your bus tour itinerary! Motor Coach Tour Packages include admission to the Garden and LanternAsia Exhibit and reserved LanternAsia Tram Tour. Advanced reservations required. (Minimum Booking 20 Guests) 9:30am-2:30pm daily.   Monday-Thursday $15 per person Friday-Sunday $18 per person

Payment: Deposits for minimum booking required to secure reservation. 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. Final payment for all group tours occurring April 21-24 2016 (peek weekend) due at least two weeks in advance. For all other dates, final payment can be made in advance or upon arrival at the Guest Services Desk inside the Visitor’s Center.


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.


Dear Dandelions Café

The cafe offers a bistro style lunch Thursday-Sunday from 10am-3pm. Cafe Menu

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.