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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