Florida's 11 Best Botanical Gardens
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Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Located in the Miami suburb of Coral Gables, the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden has displayed a wide collection of tropical flora since 1938. Don't miss the gardens' annual mango and chocolate festivals.
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
You can get lost in Gainesville's Kanapaha Botanical Gardens: they are spread over 62 acres with a view on a large lake. Don't forget Fido when you visit: the gardens are dog-friendly.
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Dip your toe into the world of biology in the education-focused Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, located in Sarasota. Don't miss their massive orchid collection, made up of over 6,000 specimens.
Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens
The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, located in Delray Beach, provides a gateway to Japanese culture, with six historically-themed gardens, monthly tea ceremonies, festivals and more.
The Florida Botanical Gardens
More than 150 types of animals inhabit the 90 acres of wetland managed by the Florida Botanical Gardens, located in Largo. Keep a lookout for bald eagles, tree frogs, tortoises and more.
Harry P. Leu Gardens
Orlando's Harry P. Leu Gardens is home to the largest rose garden in the state of Florida. It also hosts a number of outdoor film screenings and concerts - which, with Florida's balmy weather, happen virtually year-round.
Eden Gardens State Park
Eden Gardens State Park, located in Point Washington in Florida's panhandle, not only boasts 161 acres of gardens, but its beautiful estate house has the second-largest collection of Louis XVI furniture in the U.S.
Alfred B. Maclay Gardens
For those who prefer their gardens constructed rather than wild, try the Alfred B. Maclay Gardens in Tallahassee. The grounds feature a reflecting pool, secret garden and walled garden. The park is known for its camellias and azaleas, which peak in March.
McKee Botanical Garden
Vero Beach's McKee Botanical Garden has been a favorite attraction for Florida families since 1922. Kids will love Camp McKee, where they learn all about local plant life and explore the surrounding wilderness.
Mounts Botanical Garden
Flora from six continents can be found across Mounts Botanical Gardens' 14 acres, located in West Palm Beach. Plant sales (held three times per year) draw gardening enthusiasts from around the region.
Naples Botanical Garden
For the artsy garden visitor, the Naples Botanical Garden features the work of landscape designers from around the world. Check out the Children's garden - complete with Butterfly House and Healthy Eating Garden. (Michelle Obama would be proud.)