Florida is known for many things, nature being among top mentions. Tropical plants flourish and thrive in the Sunshine state, but you don’t need to venture far out of the city to witness this beauty. Central Florida is home to many beautiful botanical gardens, most of which host regular events such as movie nights, picnics, and weddings. We’ve taken the liberty of sorting through them and finding the best gardens in the area.
Harry P. Leu Gardens
This gorgeously manicured garden is nestled on 50-acres with over 40 different collections of vegetation. Renowned for its beauty, this lush landscape is the setting of dozens of weddings and proposals as well as engagement photos. Many people choose this as the setting to “pop” the question to their significant other, and who could blame them? Surrounded by 200-year-old oaks, a small forest of camellias, and the scent of roses perfuming much of the area makes this garden one of the most romantic settings imaginable.
It isn’t only the lovers gathering to enjoy the gardens. Throughout the year, Leu Gardens plays host to several movie nights showcasing popular classics and new releases making it a great choice for a family night out as well.
Bok Tower Gardens
A little farther out but still worth the hour and a half journey lies the enchanting Bok Tower Gardens. Take a stroll beneath the Spanish moss towards the Singing Tower, a captivating 205-foot neo-Gothic tower that could be straight out of any fairy tale. Twice a day, you can enjoy a carillon concert—23 cast bronze bells precisely tuned and arranged to play music in any key.
Dickson Azalea Park
Located in the heart of Downtown Orlando, Dickson Azalea Park is an urban green space perfect for a day out. It’s everything a neighborhood park should be with well-kept trails, play areas, and picturesque scenery. Another popular spot for wedding and engagement photos, this location also facilitates local events including annual art walks.
A day trip for those looking to explore the wild side of Florida, the Sunken Gardens are located in St. Petersburg, close to some of the state’s most beautiful beaches. This 100-year-old botanical paradise is the oldest living museum in St. Petersburg and showcases some of the region’s oldest plants.
Complete with tropical plants, animals, and waterfalls, this is one of Florida’s last remaining roadside attractions. Do a quick internet search and you’ll see dozens of images of immaculate greenery and vivid flowers in bloom.This magical garden with its roots deeply planted in Florida’s history is a must see for any nature enthusiast.
Our guest service staff has information on all the best local hangouts and attractions, so make sure you stop by and let us help you plan out your perfect garden escape. Rosen Inn International is centrally located with easy access to all of Central Florida’s most popular attractions. Get the most out of your visit and book with us today.