Bamboo forests are hardy, sustainable, and can be downright dreamy— it’s hard not to feel like you’re on some grand adventure in a far-off land when wandering through one. And you don’t have to buy a plane ticket to do so, either. At the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens in Gainesville, you can explore acres of lush landscape, flowers, rock gardens, waterfalls, and bamboo forests.\nThe Kanapaha Botanical Gardens contain 68 acres of natural beauty, with 24 collections viewable from the walkway that winds through the grounds. Here you’ll find the largest public display of bamboo in Florida, and the largest herb garden in the Southeast.\nDuring the warm months, you’ll even find giant Victorian water lilies that are so big, they look like you could lounge around on them like a pool floaty (please don’t, though).\nAs months warm, you can spot hummingbirds flitting about the colorful flora, and in the early morning hours, it’s not uncommon to find deer wandering the gardens.\nYou’ll even see blooming Japanese cherry blossoms in the early spring months. It almost feels like you stepped out of the Sunshine State and right into a little slice of Japan.\nAdmission to the gardens is just $10, and guests are welcome to bring their own picnic baskets.\nView this post on Instagram It appears that Kanapaha has set a new leaf diameter world record for Victoria cruziana measuring in last week at 87 inches and still growing. This beats our 2016 record of 85 inches. There are still 6 full weeks left in the growing season, so stay tuned for future reports as this plant continues to grow! A post shared by Kanapaha Botanical Gardens (@kanapahagardens) on Aug 3, 2019 at 9:03am PDT\nThey hold several enchanting festivals throughout the year too, including a Moonlight Walk where the pathways are illuminated and you can experience the gardens after dark.\nFor those bamboo enthusiasts looking to start their own exotic garden, Kanapaha also has annual bamboo sales where you buy your own bamboo stalks and shoots by the gallon.\nView this post on Instagram you guys said yes so I’m posting some portraits occasionally :-) • info! model: Juliana Moore camera: Canon 7D Mark ii lens: Sigma 17-50mm date: December 31, 2019 location: Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, Gainesville, FL • brands & such! get 25% off your @sand_cloud purchase by using my code GabriellaWhi25 get 10% off your @exquisiteequineapparel purchase by using my code GABSPICS • tags! #canon #photography #portraits #model #modeling #portraitphotography #fashion A post shared by gabriella whisler (@gkwhislerphotography) on Jan 13, 2020 at 4:18pm PST\nIn October, the Fall Plant Sale allows for free admission. In addition to viewing the gardens, you’ll also get to check out tons of stalls selling a variety of plants and orchids to bring an extra bit of beauty to your home.\nThose looking for a uniquely romantic place to tie the knot can do so here. They offer various wedding rental rates.\nView this post on Instagram Head out to Kanapaha this weekend where adventure awaits you at every turn! #weekendvibes A post shared by Kanapaha Botanical Gardens (@kanapahagardens) on Aug 25, 2018 at 6:51am PDT\nNeedless to say, these botanical gardens are a picture-perfect place for an adventure, a romantic stroll, or simply to let your mind roam.\nKanapaha Botanical Gardens\nPrice: $10 admission\nAddress: 4700 SW. 58th Dr., Gainesville, FL\nWhy You Need To Go: These gorgeous gardens will get you back in touch with nature! A dense bamboo forest, trails winding through the lush landscape, and even a chance to take home some bamboo of your own make this a great little escape.\nWebsite\n\n\nWe strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.