Spring is the season of flowers and warmer weather, and we can't deny that we're a little excited for all the beauty budding across Florida right now. Time to celebrate the change of seasons and what better way than stopping to smell the flowers - and there just so happens to be a dreamy botanical garden near Tampa that you can visit for free.
The Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo relies on generous donations from visitors to keep their gardens budding. If you do decide to donate, the suggested donation is only $5 which will still save you some strain on the ole wallet for a beautiful day out. Of course, if you're strapping for cash right now but still want to get out and enjoy the weather, you can visit for free year-round.
This place is perfect for those needing a little getaway from their usual daily stress when money is tight — and the sights are absolutely stunning. The gardens feature a wide array of plants and flowers ranging from cherry blossoms and daisies to succulents and cacti. You can melt away your stress while leisurely strolling through this varying floral oasis, and even leave with some absolutely adorable photos from your trip.
Considering that the Florida Botanical Gardens are free, it's also the perfect place for an impromptu date or girl's day on the cheap. You can stroll the luscious pathways under a canopy of trees, stop to smell the flowers, and chat about all the gorgeous sights along the way.
If you're looking to fulfill your floral dreams, the Florida Botanical Gardens are located at 12520 Ulmerton Rd. in Largo. You can stroll the winding pathways from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. If you're planning to visit the Welcome Center on site, they're open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and are closed on holidays and weekends.
For more information about the Florida Botanical Gardens, check out their website here.