Jardín Botánico Nacional
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Jardín Botánico Nacional information
The lush grounds span 2 sq km and include vast areas devoted to aquatic plants, orchids, bromeliads, ferns, endemic plants, palm trees, a Japanese garden and much more. The grounds are spotless and the plants well tended, and it’s easy to forget you’re in the middle of a city with a metropolitan area of over two million people. The exhibits in the on-site Ecological Museum explain the country's major ecosystems, including mangroves and cloud forests, plus a special display on Parque Nacional Los Haitises.
An open-air trolley takes passengers on a pleasant half-hour turn about the park and is especially enjoyable for children. The garden hosts a variety of events, including an orchid exhibition and competition in March and a bonsai exhibition in April. A taxi from the Zona Colonial costs around RD$300.