Surrounded by water on three sides with picturesque canals, manicured gardens and natural areas, the Norfolk Botanical Garden provides excellent habitat for a wide diversity of birds and butterfly species. Over 175 bird species have been documented here. You can explore the grounds on foot, by tram or by boat and there are twelve miles of walking trails. Some of the trails are through forested natural areas and woodland gardens, which provide ample opportunity to view warblers and other songbirds, hummingbirds, and birds of prey, such as hawks, owls, and bald eagles. Osprey, shorebirds, wading birds, and wintering waterfowl can be sighted while walking the waterfront trails or enjoying a boat tour on the lake (check with garden for boat tour schedule and pricing).
Pollinators thrive in the Native Plant/Pollinator Gardens while native species of butterflies (including various swallowtails, common buckeye, monarch, fritillaries, American lady, painted lady, clouded sulphur, and many more) abound in the Butterfly Garden adjacent to the unique Bristow Butterfly House (open seasonally). One might even spot the rare King’s Hairstreak. Other wildlife that can be observed include abundant turtles, plus lizards, raccoons, and an occasional North American river otter.
Norfolk Botanical Garden is open year round. Refer to the Botanical Garden’s website for hours, special events, and seasonal activities. Admission costs are: $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and military, $10 for children and youth (ages 3-17), and free for members and children 2 and under.
Physical Address: 6700 Azalea Garden Rd., Norfolk, VA 23518
From the Previous Site on the Seashore to Cypress Loop of the VBWT:
From Stumpy Lake Natural Area, return to Indian River Road and turn left. Proceed 1.0 mile and turn left at the traffic light, continuing on Indian River Road. Continue 0.4 miles and turn left at stop sign, still on Indian River Road. Drive 2.9 miles and turn right onto US 13 North. Proceed 3.8 miles and continue straight onto SR 165N. Continue 1.2 miles and turn right onto Azalea Garden Road/SR 192. Drive 1.2 miles to the Norfolk Botanical Gardens Entrance on the right.
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- Site Contact: (757) 441-5830 x335
- Access: Fee, Daily
Birds Recently Seen at Norfolk Botanical Garden (as reported to eBird)
- Chimney Swift
- Royal Tern
- Double-crested Cormorant
- Great Blue Heron
- Great Egret
- Green Heron
- Belted Kingfisher
- Red-bellied Woodpecker
- Downy Woodpecker
Seasonal Bird Observations
- Visitor/Nature Center
- Bike Trails
- Hiking Trails
- Interpretive Nature Program
- Interpretive Trail
- Lookout Tower