When people make their way to Orlando, it’s usually to enjoy the many theme parks that exist in the Central Florida area. However, there’s more to just theme parks in Central Florida, specifically in the Orlando area. For anyone looking to do more than just Theme Parks, Orlando is full of beautiful parks and gardens.
Most Beautiful Parks and Gardens in Orlando
There are quite a number of beautiful parks and gardens in Orlando, but these are the ones that are mostly well known and loved by locals.
Mead Botanical Garden
This beautiful 48-acre garden offers a variety of things to do. From hiking trails to a butterfly garden, this place is the perfect spot for any type of event. Many of the locals will book this spot for weddings because of how beautiful and romantic Mead Botanical Garden is.
The garden is open daily and it is free to the public!
Dickson Azelea Park
Originally a watering hole for cattle herders, Dickson Azelea Park became a City in Orlando Park in 1924.
This beautiful park offers visitors shady trees and a picturesque landscape. You can also enjoy the view from the bridge, which offers a great view of the park.
Blue Jacket Park
Blue Jacket Park used to serve as the Orlando Naval Training Center and was home to thousands of service personnel known as the “Blue Jackets.”
However, this beautiful 75 acre park was opened to the public. This park is home to many events and is a great spot to walk in. It also has plenty to see – the flag and memorial, the beautiful fountain and the gorgeous bridge. This is a very good spot for photos!
Harry P Leu Gardens
Although Harry P Leu Gardens isn’t free (it’s free on certain days), it is still worth the visit! As a local, I can’t get enough of this place. Aside from the beautiful gardens, they also have a historical home to visit. This 50-acre botanical garden is minutes away from Downtown Orlando.
They also have fun exhibits , such as the Enchanted Fairy Doors that is happening right now from August 1 – October 31.
Admission to the garden is $10 for adults and $5 for kids.
Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Garden
Albin Polasek was one of America’s foremost sculptors. The museum and sculpture garden holds over 200 works by Albin Polasek. Here you will get a tour of Polasek’s residence, walk around the outdoor sculpture garden and visit the rotating exhibits in the museum.
The museum and sculpture garden are not free, it is $10 per adult and $3 per student, but it’s definitely worth the visit, especially if you have an appreciation for sculptures.
Bok Tower Gardens
Located about an hour away from Orlando, this beautiful Garden in Lakeland has a singing tower. That’s right! The 205 foot Bok Tower is full of Carillon Bells that will play, hence why it’s called the singing tower.
Aside from the beautiful concerts you get from the Bok Tower, the garden itself is absolutely stunning.
Admission to the garden is $15 for adults and $5 for children.
Kraft Azalea Garden
Although this is a bit smaller than the other gardens, Kraft Azalea Garden is a beautiful, secluded garden in Winter Park.
Shaded with enormous cypress trees, this is a perfect spot for weddings, especially since it has a stunning Exedra monument, which makes the photos absolutely gorgeous.
About an hour away from Orlando, the Hollis Garden is located in Lakeland. Here you will find over 10,000 flowers and shrubs as well as ornamental fountains and some public art.
Lake Eola Park
If you happen to be in Downtown Orlando, don’t forget to stop by Lake Eola Park! This beauty is located in the heart of Downtown Orlando and offers a sidewalk that circles the lake.
Here you will be able to see the swans, rent a swan-shaped paddle boat, grab a bite to eat, see a concert in the Walt Disney Amphitheater and see the beautiful view of Orlando’s skyline.
Orlando is full of things to do, but the gardens and parks are definitely worth checking out.
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