Harry P. Leu Gardens

#10 in Best Things To Do in Orlando-Walt Disney World
Harry P. Leu Gardens picture1 of 2
Harry P. Leu Gardens2 of 2
scott.zona/Flickr

Key Info

1920 N. Forest Ave.

Details

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.

See all Hotels in Orlando-Walt Disney World »

More Best Things To Do in Orlando-Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World Resort1 of 14
Universal Orlando Resort2 of 14
Type
Time to Spend
#1 Walt Disney World Resort

Excessive, exhausting and expensive, Walt Disney World Resort is above all else enchanting. Composed of four theme parks (the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom), two water parks (Disney's Typhoon Lagoon and Disney's Blizzard Beach), more than two dozen hotels and the Disney Springs shopping, dining and entertainment complex, this sprawling property features iconic sights and rides like Cinderella Castle, "it's a small world," Spaceship Earth, Toy Story Land and Pandora – The World of Avatar. Even Anaheim's Disneyland can't compete, according to some. 

Of course, there is one major drawback. Walt Disney World park tickets are expensive, regardless of whether you're visiting for just a day (single-day tickets for kids and adults ages 10 and older start at $109). Meanwhile, one-day water park tickets start at $64 for adults 10 and older. Most suggest you visit this expansive property over the course of several days to justify the high entrance fees. If you have limited time, consider skipping the parks in favor of exploring Disney Springs, which is free to visit.

Read more
Handout / Handout/Getty Images
See full list of Best Things To Do in Orlando-Walt Disney World »

Explore More of Orlando-Walt Disney World

When purchasing from our site, we may earn commissions. This does not affect the quality or independence of our editorial content.

Recommended

America's 15 Coolest Ghost Towns to Visit

From Kentucky to California, the U.S. is filled with eerie abandoned cities.

Lyn MettlerAugust 22, 2019

The 7 Best New Orleans Plantation Tours

Learn about the Big Easy's history through one of these daytrips.

Holly JohnsonAugust 21, 2019

22 Top Sonoma Wineries to Visit

Sip world-class wines while enjoying vineyard and mountain views.

Gwen PratesiAugust 19, 2019

30 Amazing Caribbean Islands to Visit

It's time to plan your next tropical getaway.

Holly JohnsonAugust 8, 2019

The Best Travel Rewards Programs for 2019-20

See which airline and hotel loyalty programs come out on top.

Erin ShieldsAugust 6, 2019

20 Surprising Ways to Earn Loyalty Program Points or Miles

Branch out beyond hotel stays and flights to maximize your earnings.

Christine SmithAugust 6, 2019

The 12 Best Cancun Tours

These excursions will show you what lies beyond the city's bright beaches.

Lyn MettlerJuly 26, 2019

Traveling With Toddlers: 16 Tips to Make Your Vacation Go Smoothly

These expert travel hacks guarantee a happy trip for the whole family.

Kyle McCarthyJuly 25, 2019

The 11 Best New Orleans Ghost Tours

Hear chilling tales of the city's paranormal activity on one of these guided tours.

Kim Foley MacKinnonJuly 25, 2019

The 10 Best Seattle Boat Tours

Take in the Emerald City's top sights from the water.

Kim Foley MacKinnonJuly 24, 2019