Our Favorite Ways to Spend the Holidays Around Orlando, FL

Orlando. This Floridian center of entertainment brings millions from around the world to pack its amenities, between empires of amusement parks, charming neighborhoods, and rapid growth. And for all the efforts devoted to events, Orlando does not fail to deliver. If you will be in central Florida during the holiday season, whether as a visitor or as a local, you may be wondering what Orlando might have in store. We’ve got you covered, read on for some of our favorite ways to spend the holiday season around Orlando.

Holiday Events at Disney World

One of the premier attractions in the Orlando area (and with good reason), at all of Disney’s parks and resorts, there are holiday season celebrations and a thoroughly festive atmosphere for every visitor. Families of course will delight in the friendly faces and jolly vibes at the Magic Kingdom during its ‘Very Merriest After Hours’ celebration, while groups will enjoy the holiday season twist to the Hollywood Studios and Springs locations. Couples can delight in the massive number of dining and experiences for two at the numerous hotels and resorts in the area, the live music, resort-exclusive events, and date night options away from the parks. If you’re in Orlando for the holiday season, be sure to look at what Disney has to offer if you’re working on a travel itinerary.

https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/events-tours/holidays/

Christmas at Gaylord Palms

While the pleasant temperature during Florida’s winter is reason enough for many to visit, some visitors might yearn for the frosty images of the holiday season. Fortunately, there’s no need to fly far away to experience those joys of ice sculptures, sledding, and snow, thanks to the Gaylord Palms. An Orlando area tradition, Gaylord Palms Christmas and Ice Exhibits inside of its grand halls have provided entertainment and holiday season magic to generations of visitors. Step inside the stunning ice shows of Gaylord Palms (parkas provided, for those who packed for Florida weather), enjoy the dining and entertainment options of the enclosed courtyard, or a number of holiday shows and carols, all in one place!

https://christmasatgaylordpalms.marriott.com

Christmas at Universal Studios

Christmas with Harry Potter. In all honesty, that is reason enough to make Universal Studios one of your holiday season stops while in Orlando, but there is so much more to do here at Universal Studios! Those looking for major thrills can enjoy the blood pumping rides at the Islands of Adventure, while also delighting the holiday selection at the many shops throughout the park. Families and those favoring a less intense experience will enjoy Universal Studios’ very own Christmas Day Parade, complete with your favorite characters and massive balloons in the streets! And of course, the atmosphere of Hogwarts and Diagon Alley during the holidays can’t be done justice in words alone, so be sure to search up the holiday season events of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter prior to your trip!

https://www.universalorlando.com/web/en/us/things-to-do/events/holidays-at-universal

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Our Favorite Festivals Around Orlando, FL

Orlando. This Floridian center of entertainment brings millions from around the world to pack its amenities, between empires of amusement parks, charming neighborhoods, and rapid growth. And for all the efforts devoted to events, Orlando does not fail to deliver. If you will be in Central Florida during the autumntime, whether as a visitor or as a local, you may be wondering what Orlando might have in store for this part of the year. We’ve got you covered- read on for some of our favorite autumn festivals and events around Orlando.

Halloween Horror Nights

For its popular image, Orlando’s entertainment is not solely focused on families, as one might assume upon first glance. In fact, the thrills and scares are dialed up to eleven for those visitors lucky(?) enough to brave Halloween Horror Nights, a terrifying and proud tradition of Universal Studios for nearly thirty years. The attention to detail will put visitors between awe and panic, with the stunts and exhibits becoming ever more intricate each year. A rotating list of horror staples and the biggest hits reside around in the park in haunted houses and in the shadows, with some even chasing visitors! Over the years, this has included Zombieland, Stranger Things, American Horror Story, The Exorcist, The Walking Dead, Saw, Chucky, and countless other infamous faces in an expanding series of dozens of exhibits. For a premier horror experience that will have you coming back for more, we recommend catching Halloween Horror Nights if you’re in Orlando during October.

https://orlando.halloweenhorrornights.com/site/

Epcot Food & Wine

Disney’s most laid-back and tranquil addition takes on a welcoming and delicious air, every year during the Epcot Food & Wine festival! Visitors of all ages, interests, and groups will enjoy the relaxed sampling of dishes from around the world- true to the Epcot vision. Belgian, Australian, Hawaiian, Japanese, and many more cuisines reside around the park’s floral areas, complimenting the world showcase in an ode to the culinary traditions of the world and to Disney’s own heritage of showcasing food to generations. Bring the group to Epcot’s Food & Wine and enjoy the atmosphere meticulously crafted by Disney each year in this display of Food, Wine, and most importantly, relaxation.

https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/events-tours/epcot/epcot-international-food-and-wine-festival/

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

For younger travelers, Halloween Horror Nights and the likes might be too intense, and thankfully Disney also has us covered there. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a great choice for families to celebrate the Halloween spirit in an event that’s inclusive to everyone! Spend the Halloween season in the Magic Kingdom with all your favorite characters from the films, and enjoy holiday twists on the rides, a spooky (but not too spooky) parade, firework shows, live musical performances, and of course, trick-or-treating. Visitors can come in their costumes or enjoy the party in regular clothes, either way, the atmosphere is immersive and cheery as it is true to the Halloween spirit. 

https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/events-tours/magic-kingdom/disney-after-hours-boo-bash/

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4 Fun Things to Do with Kids in Orlando

If you’re looking for your next great family adventure, or someplace different to take the kids, we have you covered. Spending a day out with the kids is a great way to recapture your own childlike curiosity and love of play, so we’ve included plenty of options that will make the adults as happy as the kids. Below are some of the best, most unique, and most beloved things to do with your kids in Orlando.

Gatorland

Alligators, Crocodiles, and Florida go hand-in-hand, but have you ever tried ziplining over waters filled with the creatures? At Gatorland Theme Park, you and your fearless kids can take the adventure of ziplining to a new level by adding the danger of soaring above alligators. The “Screamin’ Gator Zipline” takes you along 1,200-feets of zip lines that are over seven stories tall, with the added view of the hungry creatures below.

Medieval Times

Medieval Times is a restaurant that will allow you and the kids to travel back in time and into a legendary world. In the large arena, knights battle in a glorious tournament that will make you feel like you’ve stepped into King Arthur’s court. It is pure, dramatic fun, and definitely not your typical family dinner out. Dinner itself is a four-course feast befitting the royalty you’ll become when you pass through the castle doors. 

Pirate’s Dinner Adventure

Another adventure in Orlando that will have you traveling back in time and to a fantastical world. You’ll think you’ve stepped into Pirates of the Caribbean. The Pirate’s Dinner Adventure is dinner with a show (one that is always kid-friendly). Pirates and acrobats sing and dance on board an 18th-century ship replica. There is even a 300,000-gallon lagoon, where mermaids have been known to live and occasionally come to the surface. 

World of Chocolate Museum

It is hard to go wrong with chocolate, and at the Chocolate Museum & Café in Orlando, the chocolatiers take it one step further. They offer 45-minute tours of their World of Chocolate Museum. You’ll begin your journey in the “tropical rainforest” to learn about the thing behind all chocolate – cacao. You’ll also learn about the origins of chocolate before entering the sculpture area, which is home to 25 incredible sculptures (made entirely of chocolate!) depicting beloved landmarks from all over the world. Kids will especially love these chocolate sculptures and the antique machinery used to make chocolate. It is a one-of-a-kind tour and a blast for the entire family.

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Aquariums around Orlando, FL

Here in the Sunshine State’s capital of thrills and tourism, there is a lot competing for the attention of visitors and locals alike. For that reason, we are proud to say that the wealth of institutions featuring aquatic life hold their own against local amusement park giants and the upscale, quaint neighborhoods of Orlando. Read on for some of our favorite aquariums around Orlando. 

SeaWorld Parks and Resorts Orlando

The premier attraction for aquatic life and the oceans in Orlando and indeed the Western Hemisphere is the massive empire of SeaWorld in Southwest Orlando. Three parks, SeaWorld Orlando, Discovery Cove, and Aquatica form a complex of endless sights and experiences centered around the most iconic species of our waters and the efforts to protect them. The impressive list of aquatic animals is only the start of SeaWorld’s feats, including the beluga whale, bottlenose dolphin, killer whale, walrus, flamingos, five species of penguin, sea turtles, manatees, Asian small-clawed otters, and sharks! 

A variety of experiences and shows occur all the time, and special events take place year-round (notably, the change in tone at the annual Howl-O-Scream). Groups can book a variety of interactive tours for specific species, behind the scenes, or after hours! Aside from the countless shows, Q&A sessions, and private experiences, there is also a number of water rides and rollercoasters for thrill-seekers of all levels, true to Orlando’s character. Groups can easily pass multiple days, if not a week or two seeing everything SeaWorld has to offer. With the central location also in mind, this makes SeaWorld a great addition to any travel itinerary for Orlando vacations and staycations. 

https://seaworld.com/orlando/

SEA LIFE Orlando

SEA LIFE Orlando is a smaller attraction for those looking for a more compact aquarium experience. However, that is not to underwrite all that there is to do at SEA LIFE Orlando, as there is much more here than one would immediately see. A striking cast of characters reside at SEA LIFE Orlando, including the black tip reef shark, nurse shark, bamboo shark, epaulette shark, coral cat shark, zebra shark, loggerhead sea turtle, green sea turtle, octopus, moon jelly, and cownose ray, just to name a few. Visitors tour a series of immersive exhibits in a variety of walls, tanks, pools, and breathtaking tunnels through the world of aquatic life, learning about these animals in an entertaining and interactive way. 

https://seaworld.com/orlando/

Gatorland

Gatorland, proudly self-declared ‘Alligator Capital of the World’ is a unique attraction hailing to the popular image of Florida and the state’s association with alligators and unflinching types. Opened 72 years ago, Gatorland and its eccentric attractions have proven a steady staple to travelers and Central Floridians alike, showcasing a variety of alligators and their activities. Come see feedings, alligator wrestling true to the popular character of fearless ‘Florida Man’, and a number of outdoor activities. For those who want to learn all that there is about this symbolic Florida animal and try an attraction truly unique to Florida, come to Gatorland. 

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5 Quirky Date Night Destinations in Orlando

Date night doesn’t have to be the same each time. While we all love cuddling up at the movies or trying new restaurants or embracing a bit of high culture at museums, every once in a while, date night needs to be shaken up. Each city has a hidden world of strange, quirky, and delightful things to do. Try any one of these on your next date night and embrace the weird, whimsical part of life.

Pinspiration 

If you and your date are looking to unleash your inner artist while also getting a little messy and silly, then head to Pinspiration for the Splatter Date Night Package – where messy is the name of the game. When you arrive at the Studio, you’ll be handed a poncho, shoe covers, and gloves to protect yourself from the paint that will get everywhere. Pinspiration is both paint night and paint fight. Throw the paint at your canvas, splatter your date (maybe), and have a blast creating a unique piece of art. Just make sure to sign up for a session ahead of time. The Date Package also includes chocolates and two glasses of champagne, with the option to upgrade to a glow-in-the-dark painting experience. 

Get Up & Go Kayaking

Kayaking is a wonderful, active date idea that will get you both outside and exploring the world around you. Get Up & Go Kayaking takes it one step further by offering clear kayaks that allow you to explore even more as you paddle along the water. And, for a truly special, unforgettable experience, take a Get Up & Glow nighttime tour. You’ll kayak through waters glowing with bioluminescence and see the underwater world from a different perspective.

Bob’s Balloons

Take an afternoon or early evening to float among the clouds, as if you are one yourself, but you’ll do so in a basket with a colorful balloon carrying you higher and higher. Bob’s Balloons hot air balloon rides are the most popular in the Orlando area. A hot air balloon ride is perfect for both romantic date nights and date nights out of the ordinary.

Greenwood Cemetery Walking Tour

If you’re tired of typical museum tours or the magical, carefully curated theme parks surrounding Orlando, head to Greenwood Cemetery when the moon is full. The silence of the cemetery, broken only by trilling cicadas and the whisper of your tour guide, will chill and excite you. The tour guide, Don Price, offers stories into the personal lives and larger histories of the famous people buried in Greenwood. You will experience history come to life beneath the magic and mystery of a full moon.

Old Spanish Sugar Mill Grill

Ever been to a restaurant where you cook your own food? Or, at least, some of your own food? That’s the way Old Spanish Sugar Mill Grill has been operating since 1961. Pancakes are the specialty here. Each table in the restaurant is equipped with its own griddle where guests make the pancakes. You can order pitchers of homemade pancake batter (choosing from 5 different flavors) which will be delivered to your table where you pour, flip, and serve them yourself. They also offer bananas, pecans, blueberries, chocolate, and more for you to toss into your pancakes.

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Our favourite ways to spend summer in Orlando, FL

Orlando, Florida. The name invokes seas of tourists, an empire of theme parks and thrills, all under the Florida sun. For some, the tourist-oriented nature of the city is enough to look elsewhere, but Orlando has not earned its reputation and massive draw without reason. For some of our favourite things to do in the Center of the Sunshine State, read on. 

The Disney Resorts

The first thing apparent to many visitors when entering Southwest Orlando for the first time is the sheer scale of Disney’s operations in Florida. Indeed, intensely maintained and ever-expanding, the Disney Company’s serious commitment to upholding its claim of being ‘ The Most Magical Place on Earth ‘ is very visible. An itinerary is easily filled with the size of Disneyworld, spanning The Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. Transportation is notably well serviced by the fleet of buses that cover Disney’s property, including the famous monorails. Disney Springs is a great nearby option for plenty of shopping, dining and a night out on Disney. Aside from visiting the park(s) of your choice, a tour to appreciate the architecture and atmosphere of the Contemporary, Grand Floridian and Polynesian Resorts are highly encouraged while you’re in the area.

Universal Orlando

Disney was just covered, but we can’t leave out the thrill-seeking visitors. For a more intense experience, hop on the massive roller coasters at Universal Studios Orlando or the Islands of Adventure, or splash into the imposing Volcano Bay, one of the more notable sights from the I-4 freeway. Challenge the Incredible Hulk, shooting off to a height of 110 feet over the park, and experiencing 4 Gs. If the Orlando Eye is too tame, get a truly exhilarating view of the city at Doctor Doom’s Fearfall, a drop from 185 feet! For Harry Potter fans, you can grab a cup of Butterbeer and accompany Harry, Hermione and Ron through Diagon Alley and Hogwarts. Braver visitors can attempt the Revenge of the Mummy, Jurassic Park and Skull Island: Reign of Kong. A local tip: wait in the single rider lines if you have no qualms of splitting your party, and cut ride wait times anywhere from fifteen minutes to two hours for free.

Epcot Food & Wine Festival

 Among the playful characters and family-friendly theme, many visitors miss the truly multifaceted nature of the Disney Parks. In addition to the eleven country Pavilions at EPCOT,  a variety of other world cuisines and wines are on offer at booths during the middle of Summer. These additions allow the gardens of outer Epcot to shine. Also not to be underestimated is the nightly firework display over the lagoon, and the dining options that operate at nighttime at each of the pavilions. 

Fourth of July at CityWalk

Celebrate the Fourth of July at one of the trendier shopping districts in Orlando, Universal’s CityWalk. Here you can dine at the Hard Rock Cafe, the famous Bubba Gump Shrimp Company or watch the game at the NBC Sports Grill & Grill. Fireworks launch from Universal’s system of waterways, a display honouring America’s birthday, Universal Style.

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5 Great Places to Have a Picnic in Orlando, FL

When the weather cooperates, we all love to get outside and explore the world around us. There is nothing more refreshing and soothing to the soul than a picnic in the sun, surrounded by the beauty of nature. Every city in the United States has incredible locations for picnicking. Below are 5 Great Places to Picnic in Orlando.

Lake Eola Park

In the heart of downtown Orlando is this absolutely charming city park. The park bustles with life. A Farmer’s Market takes place every Sunday and a fireworks display frequently occurs at the fountain in the park. Sunset over the lake is magical as it reflects on the water and shimmers against the skyscrapers of Downtown. If you’re looking for a romantic picnic, you can also try one of my favorite things – renting a swan-shaped paddle boat for the lake. But, beyond all these activities, Lake Eola Park makes the list of best picnic spots because there are a number of fabulous places to lay out a blanket along the lake and enjoy the day.

Harbor Park

At the end of a long, stretched out dock, a gazebo straight out of the movie sits peacefully. Harbor Park is a small, open grassy area along Lake Baldwin, but it shines as a picnic destination. There are sidewalks and boardwalks with benches, open fields, and dramatic views at sunset with the gazebo standing alone in the still water. A quiet picnic could not find a better location.

Blue Jacket Park

Blue Jacket Park was built for picnics, and not just picnics – stylish ones. The large fountain at the heart of the park is built from white stone, just like the bridges along the walking paths, and the picnic tables that dot the open lawns. There are even large stone pavilions that seem to have been brought from a large estate in England or from the set of the movie, Pride and Prejudice. Still, this park is a great place to kick back and enjoy the sun and occasionally see hot air balloons take off from Blue Jacket Park.

Bill Frederick Park

A 187 acre park popular with campers, boaters, and fishers alike. The park sits on Turkey Lake and has several fantastic walking trails, many of which lead to the lake’s edge and open spaces for picnicking. A stop at the All Children’s Farm is a must when visiting Bill Frederick Park as well as a game on their disc golf course.

Mead Botanical Garden

Just north of Orlando is this breathtaking oasis. Admission to Mead Botanical Garden is free and there is a large, open picnic area. There are over 47 acres of gardens and plant life to explore. The pond at Mead Garden is home to turtles, wading birds, and fish and children will have a blast keeping an eye out for all three. If you’re looking to picnic in incredible natural surroundings, then Mead Botanical Garden is the place. One of their truly unique features is Yoga in the Garden, offered every Saturday and Wednesday morning. I highly recommend taking their Yoga class in the morning and staying for a lovely picnic in the Garden.

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Fun Summer Things To Do In Orlando, FL

Summer is finally here!  The kids are out of school, and backyard barbecues are taking place all over the nation.  After the year we had in 2020, and most people having chosen not to take a vacation, you can almost rest assured that families will be out in full force this year.

With this in mind, we thought we would offer a few great vacation ideas to help you plan, as well as some places that would be great for just a few days away.  We all need time to recharge and some well-deserved play in the sunshine.

Here are some of the best places to check out this summer!

Universal Orlando Resort

6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819

Universal Orlando Resort, commonly known as Universal Orlando or simply “Universal,” formerly Universal Studios Escape, is an American theme park and entertainment resort complex based in Orlando, Florida. The resort is operated by Universal Parks & Resorts, a division of Comcast’s NBCUniversal. Universal Orlando is the second-largest resort in Greater Orlando, after the Walt Disney World Resort, which is nearby, covering 541 acres of land. Universal Orlando consists of two theme parks, and the Volcano Bay water theme park, a night-time entertainment complex, eight Loews Hotels, and an upcoming park, Epic Universe.

Walt Disney World Resort

Orlando, FL 32819

The Walt Disney World Resort, also called Walt Disney World and Disney World, is an entertainment resort complex in Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista, Florida, United States, near the cities of Orlando and Kissimmee. Opened on October 1, 1971, the resort is owned and operated by Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, a division of The Walt Disney Company. It was first operated by the Walt Disney World Company. The property covers nearly 25,000 acres, of which half has been used. The resort comprises four theme parks, two water parks, 27 themed resort hotels, nine non-Disney hotels, several golf courses, a camping resort, and other entertainment venues, including the outdoor shopping center Disney Springs.

Universal Studios Florida

6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819

Universal Studios Florida is a theme park located in Orlando, Florida. Primarily themed to movies, television, and other aspects of the entertainment industry, the park opened to the public on June 7, 1990. It is owned and operated by NBCUniversal and features numerous attractions and live shows. Universal Studios Florida was the first component of the larger Universal Orlando Resort to open. It ranked ninth in the world and sixth in the U.S. among amusement parks for attendance in 2017, hosting an estimated 10.2 million visitors. In addition to the theme park aspect, early design focused on providing guests with a behind-the-scenes look at film and television, with a significant portion of the park operating as an active production studio.

SeaWorld Orlando

7007 Sea World Drive, Orlando, FL 32821

SeaWorld Orlando is a theme park and marine zoological park in Orlando, Florida. It is owned and operated by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. When combined with its neighbor Discovery Cove and Aquatica, it forms SeaWorld Parks and Resorts Orlando, an entertainment complex consisting of three parks and many hotels. In 2018, SeaWorld Orlando hosted an estimated 4.594 million guests, ranking it the 10th most visited amusement park in the United States.

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Things to Do for the Fourth of July in Orlando

Everyone’s favorite summer holiday is quickly approaching! Nothing says July 4th like BBQs, pool days, parades, and fireworks! But with the country beginning to emerge from the worst of it, some celebrations are returning in the area. Read on to see what’s happening around Orlando this Independence Day and gather up some ideas for your Fourth of July weekend.

4th of July Celebration

If you want some good, old-fashioned family fun, head over to Avalon Park, a planned community suburb in East Orlando. They’re hosting a 4th of July Celebration on Sunday from 5 to 9 pm where you can enjoy live music, vendors, an apple pie bake-off, and once it gets dark, fireworks! The celebration will be perfect for kids, too, since they’ll have a wet and dry bounce park plus a Bike Parade that anyone can enter (just decorate your bike, wagon, or stroller in festive red, white, and blue!). If you want to burn a few calories in anticipation of all the hot dogs and apple pie you’ll be eating, register for the Firecracker 5K taking place at Avalon Town Park on Sunday at 8 am. After the race, you can go home and rest before coming back out for the evening celebrations.

Delaney Park

A laid-back day barbequing with family and friends is one of the best ways to spend the Fourth of July, and if you’re looking for a public park to host a BBQ, check out Delaney Park. It has great picnic areas with grills that you can rent for around $30 a day. Or, just bring a picnic blanket and find a spot among the 7.5 acres of oak-shaded grass!

Walt Disney World

No discussion of things to do in Orlando would be complete without talking about Disney World! Typically, the party is on at Disney World for Fourth of July with themed performances, activities, and decorations followed by an evening firework show. We’re not sure what will happen this year due to COVID as Disney hasn’t announced it yet, but there will likely be some type of modified celebration, like they held for Mardis Gras. Either way, you’re sure to still have a fun day enjoying all the rides and theme park attractions! One thing that will be going on is the Taste of Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, running through July 5th, which involves topiaries, gardens, and outdoor kitchens.

Cocoa Beach

Cooling off at the beach is the perfect way to spend a sweltering Fourth of July, and while Orlando might not be right on the coast, its location gives it easy day-trip access to both the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. The closest beach to downtown, Cocoa Beach, is only an hour away and is a great place to spend your holiday soaking up the sun. This beach town is known for surfing, partying, and volleyball – so you’re sure to have a festive time. But if you’re looking for a chill, family-friendly day, head to the part of the beach by Lori Wilson Park, which is quieter.

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Arboretums and Botanical Gardens to Visit in Orlando

When considering a vacation, or even just a day out with the family, why not consider visiting a local arboretum or botanical garden?  You can enjoy a delightful getaway with a visit to one of these beautiful gateways to all that nature has to offer.

Arboretums and botanical gardens work to promote common respect and educate with a drive towards an appreciation of the world of gardening and the insects that work to pollinate our plants and flowers. 

These nature monuments are just waiting to be discovered and welcomes all visitors for a day of tranquility, enjoying their peaceful beauty.  Make sure to check out one of the arboretums or botanical gardens listed below.

Harry P Leu Gardens

1920 N Forest Ave, Orlando, FL 32803

Explore an amazing 50-acre botanical oasis minutes from Downtown Orlando. Each garden is designed specifically to further our mission: inspire visitors to appreciate and understand plants. The garden and historical home were donated to the City of Orlando in 1961 by Mr. Harry P. Leu and his wife, Mary Jane. We hope you enjoy your visit.

Mead Botanical Garden

1300 S Denning Dr, Winter Park, FL 32789

With 47 acres to explore in Winter Park, your senses will come alive with the sights, sounds, and scents of the garden.  A place where you can find tranquility and interact with nature in a way rarely experienced in an urban setting.  With its hiking trails, creek, boardwalk, tall pine trees, greenhouse, butterfly garden, and pond that’s home to turtles, fish, and wading birds, you’ll find much to discover and experience at Mead Botanical Garden.

Central Park Rose Garden

111 W New England Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789

Central Park’s beautiful fountains, landscaped planters, and oak tree canopy bring thousands of visitors annually to admire its beauty. There is also a spectacular Rose Garden located on the southern border of the park.  This 11-acre park hosts numerous events and activities throughout the year, including the annual Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival and the Olde Fashioned 4th of July Celebration.

Nehrling Gardens

2267 Hempel Ave, Gotha, FL 34734

Nehrling Gardens is the former home of famed horticulturalists Henry Nehrling, who purchases the property in 1885 to establish a garden where he could experiment with tropical and subtropical plants year-round.  This particular garden was one of Florida’s earliest experimental botanical gardens where Dr. Nehrling tested over 3000 new and rare plants for the Bureau of Plant Industry, now known as the USDA.

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