Exploring Perdana Botanical Gardens Kuala Lumpur: A Family-Friendly Guide

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Taman Botani sign at the entrance of the Botanical Gardens

Planning a trip to Perdana Botanical Gardens Kuala Lumpur? Continue reading as we’re sharing everything you need to know about visiting the botanical gardens of Kuala Lumpur.

Perdana Botanical Gardens Kuala Lumpur is one of the best places to visit in KL if you’re looking for an outdoor activity, especially with kids. This is the perfect place for a fun day outdoors in the heart of Kuala Lumpur city. It features several attractions, including the Children’s Playground, Sunken Garden, Deer Park, Islamic Arts Museum, and many more.

In this post, we’re giving you an inside look at all the must-see attractions at Perdana Botanical Gardens. We’ll also cover all the important details, including the address, tickets, and how to get there.

Castle playground at the botanical gardens in Kuala Lumpur

Top Things To Do With Kids In Perdana Botanical Gardens In KL

Discovering the Beauty of Perdana Botanical Gardens

Built in 1888 and previously known as Taman Tasik Perdana or Perdana Lake Gardens, Perdana Botanical Gardens is the city’s green lung. It’s the first largest and oldest recreational park in Kuala Lumpur, with over 220 acres (91 hectares) of land.

The garden served as a retreat from the city during the British colonial times, used for recreational activities. It’s also home to many native plants and rare trees, some of which came from different parts of the world.

You’ll fall in love with the beautiful green landscapes in the botanical gardens, with various species of colorful flowers, shrubs, and plants around. The waterfalls, lakes, and gardens are all worth exploring. Aside from the tropical rainforest floras, there’s also a big chance you’ll encounter animals like monkeys, squirrels, and birds scattered around the garden.

Waterfall near the main entrance of Perdana Botinacal Gardens

Perdana Botanical Gardens Outdoor Park

The outdoor park is the perfect place to spend time with the family. It’s very expansive, with plenty of lush greenery around. You can find many shaded picnic spots surrounded by manicured plants and trees.

Picnic gazebo at the Botanical Gardens in Kuala Lumpur

Perdana Botanical Gardens is the best for outdoor activities such as walking, jogging, and cycling. Especially in the early mornings, you’ll find many locals exercising here as the well-maintained pathways and jogging tracks motivate them to exercise regularly in the garden.

Not to mention, there are also plenty of opportunities for nature photography, so make sure to bring your camera with you! Kids can enjoy the large playground to keep them occupied all day.

Playground in Perdana Botanical Gardens in Kuala Lumpur

Orchid Garden

The Orchid Garden was always one of the more popular attractions at Perdana Botanical Gardens. Thousands of orchid species boast different colors in the garden, which is a true beauty, especially when they bloom.

The best time to visit the Orchid Garden to see the beautiful displays of orchids is in early Spring in March. Unfortunately, the Orchid Garden has been closed since October 2019 for renovation. It has no updates on when it will be opening again.

Hibiscus Garden

Adjoined with the Orchid Garden, the Hibiscus Garden is another must-visit attraction in the Perdana Botanical Gardens. Here, you’ll see the most amazing collection of Malaysia’s national flower, the Bunga Raya (Hibiscus Rosa Sinensis). You’ll encounter different hibiscus species varying in colors and sizes.

There’s even a 13-foot (4-meter) high waterfall, pools, and fountains, which adds to the refreshing sight of the flowers. Feel free to visit the exhibition hall, which features a tearoom and gallery.

Waterfall at Perdana Botanical Gardens

Did you know about the several Hibiscus festivals and celebrations that happen all over the world? Believe it or not, several places like Hawaii, Fiji, Florida, etc., hold an annual hibiscus festival. The festival typically includes exhibits, parades, food, and cultural performances to celebrate the hibiscus flower.

Herbarium Perdana Botanical Garden

Herbarium provides visitors a unique experience showcasing an exquisite collection of dried plants. It opened to the public on March 3, 2017, by the Senior Deputy Director, Mrs. Puteri Khairul Fathiah bt. Fahimudin.

Their fascinating collection of dried flowers and plants from the botanical garden is meant for studying plant diversity. If you want to explore the herbarium yourself; they are open Monday to Friday, from 8.00 am to 4.30 pm.

Herbarium at Perdana Botanical Gardens

The Sunken Garden

The sunken garden, also called the parterre garden, is one of the most stunning additions to the botanical garden. It’s a great place for photography with its relaxing and gorgeous environment. The star-shaped fountain is the literal star as it completes the look of this peaceful garden.

Go strolling, take pictures, and admire the beautiful flowers and shrubs in the garden. The garden is home to many plants and shrubs, including Wild tea (Acalypha siamensis), Chinese fringe flower (Loropetalum chinense), and Zephyrlily (Zephyranthes).

Sunken Garden at Perdana Botanical Gardens in Kuala Lumpur

Lake Gardens, the National Planetarium

The National Planetarium in the Perdanan Botanical Gardens area is temporarily closed as they’re performing upgrade works. Once they reopen we will visit and update this page.

Herb & Spice Garden

If you’re a big fan of herbs and spices, you can’t miss the Herb & Spice Garden. This place is a must-visit if you want to learn more about herbal plants! The herb garden is very peaceful and friendly to children, great for having a peaceful family day.

Herbs and Spice Gardens at Perdana Botanical Gardens

Kuala Lumpur Deer Park

Enjoy the company of these endearing and gentle creatures at the KL Deer Park. The Deer Park is an enclosed space covering 4.9 acres (2 hectares) of land. It houses the popular Fallow deer from Holland, known for its many names like Dama dama deer or Rusa Holland.

Do not that, once you enter the deer park you’ll have to walk about 10-15 minutes to reach the deer enclosure. The deer enclosure itself is not really big. It’s not suitable for little kids as you have to climb quite some stairs. Quite honestly, you don’t miss anything if you skip the deer park. There are so many other things to do and to see in the Perdana Botanial Gardens.

Deer enclosure at the Kuala Lumpur Deer Park

Cycad Island

Cycad Island, also known as the Bamboo House, houses various species of cycad and succulents. The house consists of bamboo and is located by the lake, giving you a gorgeous lake view.

You can go feed the fish, or simply admire the view of the lake and its serene atmosphere.

Bamboo Gazebos on Cycad Islands in the botanical gardens

Islamic Arts Museum

The Islamic Arts Museum in Perdana Botanical Gardens is South East Asia’s largest museum of Islamic Arts. Here, you can find over 10,000 artifacts, including an extensive collection of Islamic art books.

Among its fascinating displays is the world’s largest-scale model of the Sacred Mosque in Mecca. IAMM aims to provide the world a great Islamic representation through its arts and crafts.

Explore 12 galleries showcasing different categories of craftsmanship, including Arms & Armour, Jewellery, Textile, Woodwork, Coins & Seal, Metalwork, and Ceramics. They also have six lifestyle galleries showcasing art objects from various parts of the world: Ottoman, Persian, Spain, India, Malay world, and Central Asia.

IAMM also welcomes kids to their children’s library, where they can participate in Arts & Crafts, Storytelling, Wayang Kulit screening, and more. As you wander the wonders of each gallery, kids can fill out worksheets where they’ll encounter fun quizzes and activities.

National Monument

Located north of Perdana Botanical Gardens stands Malaysia’s National Monument, a war memorial commemorating the fallen soldiers of the World Wars and Malayan Emergency. Aside from being a historical landmark in Malaysia, it also received the title of the world’s tallest bronze freestanding sculpture. The monument is surrounded by fountains, amazing lighting, and lush greenery, which is great for taking picture-perfect photos.

Practical Information for Families 

Address, Opening Hours, & Admission Fee

Address: Jalan Kebun Bunga, Tasik Perdana, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Contact Number: +60 3-2617 6404

E-mail: klbotanicalgarden@dbkl.gov.my

The garden is open from Mondays to Sundays, from 7.00 am to 8.00 pm. If you want to avoid the crowds, visit during weekdays. The best time of the day to visit is early morning or late afternoon to avoid the scorching heat.

Entrance to the garden is FREE.

How to Get There 

  • By Car

You can find Perdana Botanical Gardens within the Tun Abdul Razak Heritage Park of Kuala Lumpur. It’s near the city center and famous historical landmarks like the Merdeka Square, National Mosque of Malaysia, and The National Museum of Malaysia.

The area has several public parking spaces, including within the park. Parking can get a little crowded during weekends.

  • By Public Transport

The nearest transportation hub is the KL Sentral station, where you can walk the rest of the way to the botanical garden.

Another option is taking the Rapid KL bus B112 from Pasar Leni LRT station, which will take you directly to the National Museum. From there, you may walk the rest of the way to the garden.

  • By Grab

You can also book a GrabCar to your destination for convenience. The fee will depend on the place where you’re coming from.

TIP: Click here to read our ultimate guide to using Grab in Kuala Lumpur

  • By Hop on Hop off bus

Another option is to get a ticket for the Ronda-Ronda Kl (the Kuala Lumpur Hop on Hop off bus) as the Botanical Gardens are located are on the Gardens route. Click here for our Hop on Hop off Bus review.

2023 Hop on Hop Off Route Map

FAQs About The Perdana Botanical Gardens Kuala Lumpur:

Is Perdana Botanical Gardens stroller-friendly for parents with infants or toddlers?

Yes, the gardens are stroller-friendly with clear paths and suitable for parents with infants or toddlers.

Are there any designated play areas or playgrounds within the gardens for children?

Botanical gardens playground

Yes, a large children’s playground welcomes kids of all ages.

Can visitors bring their own food for a picnic, or are there on-site dining options?

Picnic gazebo at the Botanical Gardens in Kuala Lumpur

Of course, you’re welcome to bring your own food for your picnic. Several cafes and restaurants are available in the garden, including Perdana Eating Corner, Hornbill Restaurant & Cafe, Garden Cafe, etc.

Are guided tours available, and are they suitable for families with children?

A purple orchid in the Perdana Botanical Gardens under a cloudy sky.

Yes, plenty of guided tours are available for Perdana Botanical Gardens, and you can enjoy it with the whole family, including kids! Check out the available tours here.

What are the best times of the year to visit to see seasonal flowers or special events?

View of the Lake Gardens

The best time of the year to visit Perdana Botanical Gardens is during Spring, Summer, and Fall. From March to November, you’ll see the seasonal flowers blooming, like the orchids and hibiscus.

Are pets allowed in Perdana Botanical Gardens, and are there any specific rules for pet owners with kids?

Taman Botani Perdana - No pets allowed

Unfortunately, pets are not allowed in the Perdana Botanical Gardens.

What’s Next?

Whether you’re looking for a fun, recreational, or educational family trip, Perdana Botanical Gardens is worth visiting. Explore the different attractions within the garden, including the Hibiscus Garden, Herb & Spice Garden, and Cycad Island, where you can get to know the various species of exotic plants and trees.

You can also do plenty of recreational activities with the family, including having a picnic and visiting the Islamic Arts Museum, National Monument, and Kuala Lumpur Deer Park. And if times allows, you can easily combine your botanical gardens activity with a visit to the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park and/or the Butterfly Park, which are both located nearby. 

Plan for an unforgettable family getaway with your kids at Perdana Botanical Gardens Kuala Lumpur!

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Marlieke is the mom of a four-year-old girl and, together with daddy, they love living in and exploring Kuala Lumpur. As well as being the founder of Kuala Lumpur with Kids, Marlieke is a digital marketing consultant who has helped small businesses grow through her company Aureum Hospitality Advisers.

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