Gardens in The Sunshine State hold a certain kind of fairytale vibe that makes them memorable to visit. One such garden, Mead Botanical Garden near Orlando, offers the feel of stepping inside a storybook. And you can even visit for free!

Mead Botanical Garden takes up 47 acres of prime Winter Park real estate, and it's broken up into numerous areas that feature diverse plant life and ecosystems.

You can wander beneath mossy oaks, admire exotic flora, and pause beneath whimsical architecture that will make you feel like you've just stepped into your favorite childhood fairytale. For the wayward adventurer, the fact that you can do so for free is even better.

One of the more popular areas of the gardens is the butterfly garden, where tons of vibrant plants and flowers attract beautiful butterflies, giving it a totally fantastical feel.

Another popular area of the gardens is the Legacy Garden and Greenhouse, full of colorful flowers and strange plants that give off an otherworldly vibe.

The land that is now Mead Botanical Garden was founded by Theodore L. Mead, who was a well-known horticulturist who past away in 1936.

Over the years, Mead Botanical Gardens has been making some improvements to the park. Lake Lillium Marsh is being revitalized and the boardwalk is also being refurbished.

When the improvements are done, it will give Mead Botanical Gardens an even more fairytale feel than what it already has now.

You can admire all the beauty of this secret garden in Orlando for free, and escape to a fairytale world, even for just a little while!

Mead Botanical Gardens 

Price: FREE

Address: 1300 S. Denning Dr., Winter Park, FL

Why You Need To Go: This secret fairytale garden is free to enjoy.


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