Naples Botanical Garden is one of my favorite places to visit in Southwest Florida. The themed gardens are well designed and captivating! Twisted mangroves, cascading water, a Balinese shrine; these are all things you will experience at Naples Botanical Garden. It is also a great place to take the kids: there is a spacious Children’s Garden with a butterfly house, hammocks, shell mound, treehouse and more.
Naples Botanical Garden is on my list of the top 10 things to do in Naples. The garden provides an escape from the hustle and bustle. You will truly appreciate the beauty of Florida through the serene gardens and exquisite tropical landscape. Keep reading to find out how I spent my day at Naples Botanical Garden.
An Afternoon at Naples Botanical Garden
The Garden consists of 170 acres of land that make up seven distinct natural habitats and ecosystems. Naples Botanical Garden also known as Gardens with Latitude consists of plants that are grown between 26 degrees latitude north and 26 degrees latitude south.
The Carribean Garden
Here you will find palm trees, tropical fruit, and even a lawn space for bocce ball.
The Florida Garden
The Florida Garden area was my favorite! I loved the tropical plants, bright flowers, and wetland preserve.
The Irma, Kathryn, and Orchid Gardens had the most exquisite flowers. It’s fortunate that even in the late fall you can appreciate these flowers in Florida thanks to the states tropical weather.
There are so many photo opportunities at Naples Botanical Garden! I could not resist taking a picture in front of these colorful tiles. (Located in the Brazillian Garden)
The Asian Garden has a Thai pavilion set in a lotus pool, a Japanese temple ruin, and an incredible Balinese temple shrine.
The statue’s throughout the Asian garden were a pleasant surprise.
Naples Botanical Garden has a cafe that serves an assortment of food and beverages. Fogg Cafe is open for breakfast and lunch and offers a kid-friendly menu.
Fogg Cafe’s outside patio is overlooking the gardens, creating a tranquil place to enjoy your lunch.
Located in the Children’s Garden is the butterfly house, vegetable garden, hammocks, sprinklers, and tree house.
Children can climb into this tree house and relax in the hammock. There is a “mini beach” on the lower level for younger children to enjoy.
Kids can cool off under this hidden waterfall.
Naples Botanical Garden provides an ample amount of chairs and places to rest. Here is one rest stop in the Children’s Garden where you can relax and take in the view of the vegetable garden.
Located in the children’s play area is the Butterfly House.
You will get many opportunities to take a picture of these Florida butterflies.
Naples Botanical Garden has 2 miles of trails throughout the habitat. I chose to have a more leisurely stroll through the gardens and collect coconuts (don’t worry I didn’t take them home).
There are so many areas to explore at Naples Botanical Garden! Plan to spend at least a few hours at the gardens. You are guaranteed to have a good time here.
Don’t forget to relax in the hammock and get lost in the labyrinth before you leave!
Some helpful things you should know before you visit Naples Botanical Garden:
- ADA accessible paths are throughout the buildings and gardens (there is free wheelchair rentals)
- Only service dogs are permitted in the garden
- No outside food or beverages are permitted with the exception of a water bottle or snack for children
- There is a large gift shop as you exit the Botanical Gardens with a variety of souvenir items
- Be sure to wear sunscreen and bring your sunglasses or a hat to keep cool during summer months
If you would like more information about Naples Botanical Garden visit their website.
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