Florida is so much more than just world-class beaches, it’s also home to some of the most stunning national parks in the country. Roaming the Florida wilds is certainly an adventure, but it’s understandable if you’re a little hesitant on diving right into the potentially hazardous flora and fauna you might meet along the way. At these Florida gardens to explore for an enchanting adventure, you can admire all the natural beauty of The Sunshine State without wandering too far from home.

From indoor jungles to gardens of colorful butterflies, these Florida gardens feel like stepping right into a fairytale.

You can explore for cheap, wander for hours, and immerse yourself in refreshing green vibes.

These beautiful Florida gardens will lead you to secret spots, totally photo-worthy sights, and give you a good hike through gorgeous tropical settings.

So, what are you waiting for? The (tamed) wilderness awaits!

Mead Botanical Gardens

Price: Free

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

This Orlando garden is free to explore, and with charming architecture and colorful blooms, you’ll feel like you’re stepping right into your favorite childhood fairytale.

Joy & Gordon Patterson Botanical Garden

Price: Free 

Address: Florida Tech, 150 W. University Blvd., Melbourne, FL 

You can escape on a tropical getaway at this adorable and free botanical paradise. Perfect for nature lovers and history buffs, you won’t need a plane ticket to visit this exotic oasis.

Leu Gardens

Price: $10

Address: 1920 N. Forest Ave., Orlando, FL  

This lush garden provides a refreshing escape in the middle of downtown Orlando, where you can explore acres of lush foliage, plants, and flowers, and even hunt for magical fairy doors.

Gaylord Palms Convention Center

Price: $24 parking 

Address: 6000 West Osceola Pkwy., Kissimmee, FL 

The perfect place to explore nature without really going outside, this indoor jungle is free to visit. Just pay for parking and you can explore atriums dedicated to Florida’s various different environments.

Lukas Nursery and Butterfly Encounter

Price: $8

Address: 1909 Slavia Rd., Oviedo, FL 

Talk a walk beneath tropical fronds and exotic flowers, and even feed vibrant butterflies by hand. Watch your step, adorable little quails run all around this beautiful indoor garden.

McKee Botanical Garden

Price: $15

Address: 350 US Hwy 1, Vero Beach, FL 

You’ll feel like you’ve fallen down the rabbit hole at this whimsical garden near Miami, where trees twist and grow in fantastical shapes, and where you’ll even stumble across giant mushrooms.

Happy garden adventures!


Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your trip.

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