Harry P. Leu Gardens

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Harry P. Leu Gardens
Harry P. Leu Gardens
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1920 N. Forest Ave.

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Parks and Gardens Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.8scorecard
  • 4.5Value
  • 3.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Despite the fact that most vacationers spend their time pounding the pavement, trundling tots from one amusement park ride to the next, Orlando is actually a great place to stop and smell the flowers. Swing by Harry P. Leu Gardens and get a sense of the real Orlando. This botanical oasis – which sits 4 miles northeast of the city center – offers 50 acres of plants like camellias, roses and azaleas. Plus, there are horticulture classes, permanent and rotating art exhibits, a botany reference library and a restored 19th-century home.

Recent visitors said this is a nice change of pace from park-palooza, even when it's not peak bloom season. According to many, the Butterfly Garden is a must-see, especially if you have kids with you. Many visitors remark on the garden's permanent and visiting exhibits, which add another enjoyable element to the peaceful property.

If you're going to visit Harry P. Leu Gardens, aim to do so on the first Monday of the month between April and September – that's when admission is free. Otherwise, you'll pay $10 (and $5 for school-age children). The grounds are open every day except Christmas from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (The last garden admission time is at 4:30 p.m.) Complimentary parking is provided, or you can take the No. 125 or 313 LYNX bus to the property. Of note: The Leu House Museum was damaged in Hurricane Irma and is closed indefinitely. More information about Harry P. Leu Gardens can be found on the attraction's website.

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