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10 Most Beautiful Gardens That Florida Has To Offer

With an endless supply of sunshine and rainfall, Florida is home to a variety of stunning landscapes, including a set of lush gardens scattered throughout the state. With winding paths and big colorful blooms, horticulture enthusiasts and nature lovers alike can appreciate the beauty of these vibrant botanical gardens. One of the best ways to enjoy the outdoors in Florida, you can experience some of the Sunshine State’s most pristine nature by exploring these garden sanctuaries.

Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales Bok Tower Gardens
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Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales

Made famous for a 205-foot singing bell tower and 60-bell carillon, Bok Towers is a popular garden oasis in Florida, known for both its fascinating architecture and impressive gardens. Outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate a day exploring the diverse grounds and strolling past swan filled pools.

Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park, Tallahassee Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park
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Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park, Tallahassee

Featuring a beautiful collection of camellias and azaleas, the trail and secret garden at Alfred B. Maclay Gardens is a must-see. Aside from the botanical beauty of the park, you can also enjoy biking, hiking, boating, and fishing here. It’s also one of the best places in Florida to see spring blooms.

Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, Miami Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, Miami
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Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, Miami

Located in Miami, this 35-acre property is internationally recognized for both its rich history and nature preservation. In addition to the gorgeous mansion, Vizcaya has beautifully manicured and romantic gardens that include 2,000 specimens of orchids.

Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens, Delray Beach Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens, Delray Beach
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Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens, Delray Beach

Taking inspiration from authentic Japanese gardens, visiting Morikami is like taking a trip across the world. With zen-like tranquility, serene landscapes, and year-round exhibits, this garden is definitely worth exploring. Make sure to see its cascading waters, one of the best waterfalls in Florida.

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Coral Gables Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
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Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Coral Gables

With a focus on education and conservation, Fairchild is a beloved garden stealing the hearts of visitors in Miami since 1938. Hop on the tram and explore 83 stunning acres of garden that include 10 ponds and a 2-mile walkway.

Harry P. Leu Gardens, Orlando Harry P. Leu Gardens
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Harry P. Leu Gardens, Orlando

Nature lovers will be in heaven at the 50-acre Leu Gardens with an impressive rose garden, butterfly garden, and a variety of temperate and tropical plants. Experience something new at one of their many garden demonstrations and classes.

McKee Botanical Gardens, Vero Beach McKee Botanical Garden
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McKee Botanical Gardens, Vero Beach

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, McKee is a historic sub-tropical hammock spanning over 18 acres. A paradise for nature lovers, this lush garden holds an impressive 10,000 native and tropical plants dotted with picturesque waterlilies.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
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Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota

Peace and tranquility are what you’ll find at this bayfront botanical garden, with 10 acres of colorful displays and thousands of exotic plants. Visit one of their many educational events or come to gawk at their massive collection of orchids.

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, Gainesville Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
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Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, Gainesville

Boasting Florida’s largest display of bamboos, this 62-acre oasis is among the most diverse in the state. With 26 different gardens, a list of annual festivals, and a special Moonlight Walk, this hidden gem is not to be missed.

Mounts Botanical Garden, West Palm Beach Mounts Botanical Garden
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Mounts Botanical Garden, West Palm Beach

Currently standing as the oldest and largest public garden in Palm Beach, Mounts has an impressive landscape. With plants originating from around the world, here you will find a rainbow garden, butterfly garden, and a rare garden of extremes.

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