There's always something new and fabulous to see in this earthly, tucked-away paradise.
Are you a nature enthusiast? If so, you won't want to miss The Florida Botanical Gardens. Here, over 150 sun-kissed acres filled with more than 25 gardens and display areas showcase a dazzling array of tropical plants--from fruits and herbs to hibiscus and bromeliads. There's a new botanical treasure awaiting discovery at every turn.
Watch this video tour of the stunning Florida Botanical Gardens.
The Gardens aren't just for plants though – more than 150 types of birds, mammals and reptiles have been documented on the site. And several endangered species, including bald eagles, gopher tortoises and sherman fox squirrels reside here along with a number of plants that re in jeopardy of dying out.
Swimming With Inspiration
One of the newest additions to the park is Aquatic Reflections, a beautiful 170-foot mosaic installation comprising 84 2-by-4-foot pieces meticulously assembed by volunteers. Featuring a glass pond filled with lily pads, goldfish, frogs and a playful turtle, this public artwork boosts the naturalistic character of the formal gardens.
Your whole family will enjoy walking through this green haven. A Children's Trail and map (available in print or as a download) guide kids on the hunt for butterflies, wildlife, tropical fruit and other things that trees provide. The entire place functions as an outdoor classroom--it's the perfect place to learn about responsible gardening.
Cultivate Serenity On the Go
Located off one of the area's busier streets, The Florida Botanical Gardens are a hidden gem that can restore your sense of tranquility and calm. Open every day from 7 a.m. to dusk, the gardens are free to the public. Open Monday through Friday, The Botanical Bounty gift shop, located in the Garden Welcome Center, sells souvenirs and gifts with horticultural flair. The gardens are located at the Pinellas County Extension offices and parking is available at 12520 Ulmerton Road in Largo, next to Heritage Village. For more information, visit http://www.flbg.org