Museu do Meio Ambiente
Situated just outside the entrance to the botanical gardens, the Museu do Meio Ambiente houses temporary environmentally focused exhibits.
Espaço Tom Jobim
Bossa nova legend Tom Jobim was a big admirer of the botanical gardens. This Jardim Botânico concert venue and art space was created as...
Inside the Jockey Club, this sunny full-service spa offers an enticing array of relaxing treatments, and you can also use the sauna. If...
Bar do Horto
Colorful Bar do Horto is one of Jardim Botânico's most charming bars. The decor is festive and kitsch: walls covered with shimmering...
Just outside the entrance to the botanical gardens (but inside the gates off the busy roadway), La Bicyclette whips up creative...
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Jardim Botânico information
This exotic 137-hectare garden, with more than 8000 plant species, was designed by order of the Prince Regent Dom João (later to become Dom João VI) in 1808. The garden is quiet and serene on weekdays and blossoms with families on weekends. Highlights of a visit here include the row of palms (planted when the garden first opened), the Amazonas section, the lake containing the huge Vitória Régia water lilies and the enclosed orquidário , home to 600 species of orchids.
There's an outdoor snack bar on the grounds (near a kid's playground) and an appealing cafe just outside the main entrance. The new visitor center shows films (in English and Portuguese) that give the history of the gardens, and has a gift shop that sells unique crafts and souvenirs, such as shirts made of bamboo and bowls with pre-Columbian designs made from banana fibers.