Eureka Springs Park is among America’s “Most Spectacular” | csnf/code

Eureka Springs Park is among America’s “Most Spectacular” |  csnf/code

ARKANSAS (KSNF/KODE) – A garden in Eureka Springs, Arkansas has earned the top spot on a list of “America’s Most Amazing Botanical Gardens.” The Blue Spring Heritage Center has been revealed to be the second most stunning botanical garden in the United States

The pergola and pavilion designers at Pergola Kits USA analyzed the number of Tripadvisor reviews containing positive descriptions, such as “amazing,” “beautiful,” “amazing,” and “amazing,” across 260 botanical gardens in the United States. Ranked based on the percentage of reviews containing these beauty keywords.


Topping the list of America’s most stunning botanical gardens is Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park in Tallahassee, Florida, where 77.96% of reviews on Tripadvisor contain keywords describing the garden’s beauty.

The garden was first planted in 1923 by Alfred P. and Louise Maclay after they purchased the property for their winter home. It features stunning architecture, a secret garden, a reflection pool and hundreds of camellias and azaleas.

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Blue Spring Heritage Center comes in second in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, with 77.35% of Tripadvisor reviews describing its amazing features. This rich cultural experience honors the Cherokee people during the Trail of Tears and encourages visitors to connect with beautiful local parks. Blue Springs pours 38 million gallons of clear water daily, providing a true spectacle.

On Tripadvisor, Blue Spring Heritage Center has received a total of 467 reviews, with an overall review score of 4.5 out of 5. A review from September 2023 stated:

“We got a free half day and tried this site. Easy access from Eureka Springs. There is a fee. It’s worth the cost. Beautiful scenery and natural beauty. There is a tremendous amount of history here including a link to the Trail of Tears. We captured a lot of Photos. Stop at Anglers Cafe on the way back to our B&B for some great catfish. I would recommend this natural treasure to anyone.”
Tripadvisor User: mdwOK — Stillwater, Oklahoma

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Another site in Arkansas was also included in the list of “America’s Most Magnificent Botanical Gardens.”

In fifth place is Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs, Arkansas, with 75.35% of Tripadvisor reviews praising the garden’s stunning features. As the University of Arkansas Botanical Garden, Garvan Woodland Gardens displays a rich collection of plants, animals and pines while impressing visitors with views of the surrounding Ouachita Mountains.

America’s “most amazing” botanical gardens

Rank Botanical garden location beauty (Number of keywords) Total reviews beauty
(Keyword ratio)
1 Alfred P. Maclay Gardens State Park Tallahassee, Florida 244 313 77.96%
2 Blue Spring Heritage Center (Eureka Springs, Arkansas). 304 467 77.35%
3 Fellows Riverside Gardens Youngtown, Ohio 190 248 76.61%
4 Harkness Memorial State Park (Waterford, Connecticut). 154 203 75.86%
5 Garvan Woodland Gardens Hot Springs, Arkansas 1,962 2,604 75.35%
6 Hershey Gardens Hershey, Pennsylvania 985 1,316 74.85%
7 Bellingrath House and Gardens Theodore, Alabama 567 778 72.88%
8 Filoli Woodside, California 344 479 71.82%
9 Cape Fear Botanical Garden (Fayetteville, North Carolina). 196 277 70.76%
10 Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden Belmont, North Carolina 329 469 70.15%
Data collected by Pergola Kits USA, using Tripadvisor reviews.

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