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Springtime is one of the best times to visit Florida, as the cool weather is perfectly paired with postcard-worthy landscapes bursting with vibrant colors. Combining the season’s ideal weather with fewer tourists, spring is a fantastic time to take everyone in the family on a memorable outdoor adventure to some of Florida’s most popular attractions.
While Florida boasts beautiful gardens blooming with colorful flowers, this list also highlights some of the state’s unique gems, such as our natural springs, unique wildlife, and the most colorful city in the Sunshine State. Whether you explore these vibrant landscapes on land or in water, here are some of Florida’s most colorful places to visit this spring.
Flamingo Gardens, Davie
A hot pink flamingo is an icon of Florida, and spotting one makes for a picture-perfect memory of the Sunshine State. These colorful birds are hard to find in their natural habitat, so visitors who want to ensure they catch a glimpse can visit Flamingo Gardens in Davie. The top kid-friendly attraction in South Florida is a 6-acre not-for-profit wildlife sanctuary and botanical garden, and offers the perfect location for an outdoor adventure on a cool spring day in Florida.
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, Gainesville
A 62-acre property, Kanapaha Botanical Gardens in Gainesville offers visitors an endless array of gardens. Boasting Florida’s largest display of bamboos, visitors will find 26 gardens, including a ginger garden, water garden, hummingbird garden and herb garden that offers colorful displays of flora and fauna, waterfalls and even a kid-focused garden area. In spring, Kanapaha also offers a special Moonlight Walk with 1,500 luminaries, twinkle lights and lanterns for a unique night of viewing the cosmos.
Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park, Tallahassee
A popular attraction in Tallahassee, the Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park is the perfect place to soak in views of colorful flowers. First planted in 1923, the spectacular gardens boast an impressive collection of camellias and azaleas, where visitors can explore a beautiful walking trail, impressive floral architecture and a magical secret garden before indulging in the park’s biking, hiking and fishing spots near a reflection pool and walled covered garden.
Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, Miami
A 35-acre historic waterfront property in Miami, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens is known for its rich history and beautifully manicured and romantic gardens that include 2,000 specimens of blooming orchids come spring. During this time, visitors can see the bougainvillea in full flower, with Florida native Skyblue Clustervine, Crownless Crown of Thorns, and a 50-year old Desert Roses in bloom, perfect for a day of gazing at Florida’s finest natural beauty.
Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales
Made famous for the magical 205-foot singing bell tower and beautiful 60-bell carillon, Bok Tower Gardens is a living treasure in Lake Wales. In spring, outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy exploring the tranquil swan-filled pools and wandering through the garden’s peaceful pathways that highlight colorful azaleas, and an array of camellias, pinkish-blush Cinnamon Cindy and much more, such as the white-colored Fringe Tree and the red Glorybowers.
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota
The perfect garden to find peace and tranquility on a cool spring day in Florida, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens offers an overwhelming display of exotic plants. With 10 acres of colorful displays highlighted by blooming orchids, surround yourself in the picturesque natural surroundings of this bayfront botanical garden. Ideal for families with kids, the gardens also host an array of educational events throughout the spring season.
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Coral Gables
A treasured garden sanctuary in Florida, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is a haven for horticulture enthusiasts in the springtime. Dating back to 1938, the 83-acre garden boasts the perfect blend of tropical plants and flowering trees to create a visual treat for nature lovers. During spring, visitors can find the Rose of Siam, Cannonball Tree and Verawood offering vibrant displays of natural beauty.
Rainbow Springs State Park, Dunnellon
One of the most picturesque natural springs in Florida, Rainbow Springs offers visitors the chance to swim or float on a tube through the 70-degree crystal clear waters. During springtime, visitors will find the headsprings area bursting with a kaleidoscope of pinks and purples with its brilliant azalea blooms. Nestled in moss-draped cypress trees, the gardens are only highlighted by an impressive waterfall view and diverse set of wildlife.
Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens, Delray Beach
Soak in the brightly colored cherry blossoms views in bloom come springtime at Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens, where nature enthusiasts of all ages can enjoy the serene landscapes. Named Roji-en: Garden of the Drops of Dew, this Japanese-inspired attraction is like no other, offering visitors a trip around the world with its zen-like atmosphere and six neatly manicured gardens, with benches that entice visitors to soak in their beautiful surroundings.
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Key Largo
Consistently ranked one of the most exciting snorkeling spots in Florida, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park offers visitors the chance to explore 178 square miles of vibrant coral reefs, tropical fish and coral formations in its sparkling turquoise waters. The only living coral reef in the United States, this park offers visitors a chance to surround themselves with Florida’s most colorful and diverse underwater marine life.
John & Mable Ringling Museum Gardens, Sarasota
Located in Sarasota on Florida’s Gulf Coast, the John and Mable Ringing Museum of Art is a 66-acre European palace-style complex with a vibrant pink exterior and home to an impressive museum and array of awe-inspiring gardens. From the neon purple flowers in the Mable’s Rose Garden to the whimsical Dwarf Garden with African Tulip and majestic Banyan trees, this unique attraction is sure to impress both art and nature lovers.
Epcot Flower Festival, Disney World
One of the most popular flower festivals across the United States, the Epcot Flower Festival is certainly a favorite with flower enthusiasts in the Sunshine State. During spring, Disney World turns Epcot into a vibrant feast for the eyes with gorgeous flower displays, informative how-to demonstrations and unique 70 world-renown topiaries scattered throughout the park for visitors to meander through.
Ocean Drive, Miami
Miami is Florida’s most colorful city. Located in South Beach, Ocean Drive is where visitors will find the famous pastel-colored Art Deco Historic District buildings highlighted by bright neon signs. Wowing visitors for decades, its long list of preserved buildings sparkle in the Florida sunshine and shine even brighter come sunset. Stroll down the palm-lined street before exploring the area’s upscale restaurants, cafe’s and shopping districts.