10 Beautiful Botanical Gardens in Florida!

The Sunshine State of Florida has an abundance of beautiful botanical gardens and arboretums. From the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo to the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables, there is no shortage of breathtaking places to explore. Whether you're looking to explore nature, relax and take in the beauty of the environment, or learn about the flora and fauna of the area, here is a list of the ten best botanical gardens and arboretums in Florida.

Florida Botanical Gardens, Largo, FL

The Florida Botanical Gardens are a 182-acre paradise of nature and beauty. Visitors can explore a variety of collections of native, exotic, and rare plant species and learn about sustainable, environmentally friendly techniques. The park is complete with educational programs, walking trails, and a variety of horticultural displays.

Palma Sola Botanical Park, Bradenton, FL

Palma Sola Botanical Park is a stunning botanical garden located in Bradenton, Florida. Home to collections of rare palms, fruits, and flowering trees, visitors can explore three lakes, a butterfly garden, gazebo, and pavilion, all free of charge.

Mead Botanical Garden, Winter Park, FL

This park is the place to honor the memory of the renowned horticulturist Theodore L. Mead. After his death in 1936, two of his friends established this paradise of lush wildlife, orchids, caladiums, rare ferns, bromeliads, and other plants.

Harry P. Leu Gardens, Orlando, FL

Get ready to discover a nearly 50-acre botanical sanctuary just minutes from Orlando. Visitors can enjoy meandering trails, formal gardens, and acres of lakes and woodlands. The garden and home were dedicated to the City of Orlando by Harry P. Leu and his wife, Mary Jane in 1961.

Peace River Botanical and Sculpture Gardens, Punta Gorda, FL

Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens is a 30-acre escape situated along the beautiful Peace River. The gardens include a variety of natural habitats, botanical collections, and sculptures, while offering breathtaking views of the river and its wildlife.

Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park, Key Largo, FL

This botanical park is a living legacy of the environment activists of the 1970’s-90’s, who fought to protect north Key Largo from development. Visitors to the park can explore an expanse of pristine wetlands and observe the abundance of wildlife inhabiting the area.

Pinecrest Gardens, Pinecrest, FL

A 14-acre botanical park hidden beneath the Village of Pinecrest's beautiful pine trees is a true gem. Pinecrest Gardens, which dates back to 1936, is home to a year-round schedule of family-friendly events, concerts, and art exhibitions. There's much of fun to be enjoyed, from playgrounds to outdoor evenings, petting zoos, and seasonal events! Discover what makes Pinecrest Gardens unique by taking a tour.

Dunlawton Sugar Mill Gardens, Port Orange, FL

The ruins of a 19th-century sugar plantation are the setting of this botanical garden. The gardens are home to a variety of plants, along with spectacular views of the waterfront.

Naples Botanical Garden, Naples, FL

A sanctuary of lush plants and wildlife, the Naples Botanical Garden delivers impactful experiences to appreciate and learn about the plants critical to sustaining life on Earth. Featuring a variety of educational activities and information, this is the ideal destination for nature lovers.

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Coral Gables, FL

This 83-acre botanic garden features an array of rare tropical plants, including palms, cycads, flowering trees, and vines. Be sure to explore the garden’s signature sculpture, Steel Palm, and take in the magnificent beauty of the gardens.

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