Best Gardens to Visit in Orlando This Spring
Beyond the hubbub of the Orlando theme parks and I-Drive attractions is a world of peaceful gardens waiting to be explored. Perfect for picnics, admiring nature, and quiet contemplation, these Orlando gardens provide a refuge from the demanding pace of modern life. Read on to discover more about the best gardens to visit this spring in Central Florida.
Harry P. Leu Gardens
The Harry P. Leu Gardens boast 50 acres of lush plant life to explore in the heart of downtown Orlando. Stroll through the camellias, bromeliads, and roses, and enjoy the shade of towering palms and oak trees. As a special treat, beautiful LEGO sculptures created by artist Sean Kenney are on display throughout the gardens until April 22.
Tucked away in picturesque Winter Park, Mead Gardens offers a tranquil escape with plenty of natural beauty. There is no admission charge. Simply enjoy the winding pathways that lead to a butterfly garden, an amphitheater, and a tranquil pond. Bring the whole family on this outing – dogs are welcome on leash in marked areas.
Spend a relaxing Saturday at Nehrling Gardens, home to Dr. Nehrling’s research gardens and historic home of the 1880s. Known as the patron saint of Florida gardens, Dr. Nehrling introduced over 3,000 species of plants including palms, bamboos, and amaryllis. The gardens are currently open to the public every 1st and 2nd Saturday of the month. Private tours are available by appointment.
Polasek Gardens and Museum
Satisfy your craving for both art and nature at the Polasek Gardens and Museum. Tour the gallery and the recently restored Capen House, then enjoy a picnic in the gardens surrounded by native Florida flowers and sculptures created by Albin Polasek himself.
Bok Tower Gardens
Slightly off the beaten path, but well worth the drive, are the Bok Tower Gardens. Get lost in the brilliant blooms of azaleas, camellias, and magnolias as you enjoy the sweet sounds of the 205 foot singing tower, which houses one of the world’s best carillons. A three acre children’s garden teaches the young ones harmony with nature and has plenty of places to climb, build, dig, and play.
After a day of adventure, relax at Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista in cool, spacious guestrooms. You’ll also enjoy amenities such as free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and complimentary parking. Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista is centrally located for easy access to Orlando’s most beautiful gardens. To plan your Orlando vacation, call 407-996-7300.