Florida has no shortage of beautiful gardens and vistas to experience.  Experience the true beauty of Florida.  If you enjoy lush gardens, beautiful sculptures, and tranquil settings, these gardens are sure to delight.

kraft-azalea-gardenKraft Azalea Gardens

136 S Alabama Drive, Winter Park, FL 32789

Open:  8am until dusk

Admission:  Free

Features:  5 acre public garden, dock, and Exedra Monument

mead botanical gardenMead Botanical Gardens

1300 S Denning Drive, Winter Park, FL 32789

Open:  7:30am until dusk

Admission Free

Features:  board walk, 20 minute jogging trail, Greenhouse, Butterfly Garden and Native Plant demonstrations


polasek gardenAlbin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens

633 Osceola Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789

Open:  Tues-Sat 10am-4pm; Sun 1pm-4pm

Admission:  $5

Features:  museum and sculpture garden, gift shop


Leu gardens

Harry P. Leu Gardens

1920 N Forest Ave, Orlando, FL 32803

Open daily 9am-5pm

Admission:  $10

Features:  19th historic home museum, 50 acres of gardens,


And some others within driveable distance of the convention center…

250px-Bok_TowerBok Tower Gardens

1151 Tower Blve, Lake Wales, FL 33853

Open: 8am until 6pm daily

Admission: $18 adult, $8 child

Features: gardens, singing tower, world renowned carillon, visitor’s center, nature trails


Solomon’s Castlesolomon's castle

4533 Solomon Rd Ona FL 33865

Open: Tue – Sun 11am until 4pm

Admission: $10 Adult, $4 Child, cash only

Features:  three story castle, gardens, Boat in the Moat Restaurant (cash only)


Vandy Pacetti-Donelson is a Library Media Specialist. She is a Florida native, library advocate and Board Director for the Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME). Find her online at www.eliterateandlevelingup.com or follow her on Twitter @VandyPD.


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