Florida offers a perfect balance of sunny days and generous rainfall. The tropical climate is perfect for outdoor activity and encouraging an abundance of blooms. Orlando’s public parks and acclaimed botanical gardens are a great alternative to theme parks and crowds. The next time you have an urge to get outside a little fresh air and sunshine, try one of the places below…
Harry P Leu Botanical Gardens
Just minutes from downtown Orlando, the Harry P. Leu Botanical Gardens sit on nearly 50 acres of land. Donated to the city in 1961, it’s an oasis of peaceful pathways and gardens In the heart of the gardens, you will find a restored 19th century house (The Leu House) which now serves as a museum. The mission of the Gardens is to inspire visitors to appreciate and understand plant life.
You can enjoy the gardens at:
1920 N. Forest Avenue
Orlando, FL 32803
Tibet-Butler Nature Preserve
Sitting on 440 acres, The Tibet-Butler Preserve marks the western corner of Orlando. Here, you’ll find well-groomed trails with gentle walks that are perfect for families. You may even see alligators, owls and the occasional bobcat. There are 32 learning stations along the path, and the Vera Carter Environmental Center which features nature exhibits. The Preserve offers quiet spaces with wonderful views of Lake Tibet-Butler and has received a certificate of excellence from TripAdvisor, awarded to attractions that consistently receive great reviews from travelers.
Visit the preserve at:
8777 Winter Garden Vineland Road
Back to Nature Wildlife Reserve
Dedicated to rescuing, raising, rehabilitating ad releasing Central Florida’s injured and orphaned native wildlife, Back to Nature Wildlife Reserve has been committed to caring for these animals in need for 25 years. The reserve offers guided educational tours of the wildlife rehabilitation center and a chance to meet some of the exotic and non-releasable animals who are now permanent residents of the wildlife refuge.
Back to Nature can be found at:
10525 Clapp Simms Duda Road