Mounts Botanical Garden of Palm Beach County

#9 in Best Things To Do in West Palm Beach
Mounts Botanical Garden of Palm Beach County picture
Amy Wagliardo/Flickr

Key Info

531 N. Military Trail

Details

Parks and Gardens Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.9scorecard
  • 4.0Value
  • 3.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

With 18 gardens and landscaped spaces that include everything from jacaranda trees and rose bushes to various herb plants and fruit trees, Mounts Botanical Garden of Palm Beach County offers all sorts of flora to explore. Themed areas include a butterfly garden, a Mediterranean garden and a tropical forest. There's even a trial garden, where plants are grown to see how well they'll perform for the average gardener. A nursery that sells various herbs, butterfly plants and unusual shrubs is also located on the property grounds.

While many previous visitors praised the garden's variety of flora and special events like a Lego exhibit and a tropical fruit tasting, several caution that airplane traffic from the nearby Palm Beach International Airport can be a bit noisy and unpleasant. Mounts' gardening and photography classes are also recommended, though keep in mind that each class costs extra to attend.

Open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mounts Botanical Garden requires a $10 entrance fee for adults and a $5 fare for children between 3 and 12. Children 2 and younger get in for free, while seniors, veterans and students with a valid ID can take advantage of a discounted admission rate. However, the nursery guild is only open on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., so travelers hoping to buy a plant should plan their visit accordingly. Free on-site parking is provided, and all garden tickets include access to each of the property's gardens, restroom facilities and a gift shop. Various tours designed for groups, seniors and families with young children are also offered for a fee (between $5 and $15 per ticket depending on the tour and participant's age). And for visitors without a car, Palm Tran's No. 3 bus stops within walking distance of the property along Military Trail.

See all Hotels in West Palm Beach »

More Best Things To Do in West Palm Beach

McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary1 of 9
Clematis Street2 of 9
Type
Time to Spend
#1 McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary

Featuring more than 170 animals, including lions, tigers, panthers and lemurs, McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary is an ideal attraction for animal lovers. Unlike Lion Country Safari and the Palm Beach Zoo, McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary affords visitors an up close view of various animals, as well as interactive opportunities with many of the property's smaller species. In fact, travelers can hold everything from baby alligators to pythons during each tour.

Overall, past visitors appreciated McCarthy's mission to rehabilitate injured or abandoned wild animals. Not only are the grounds well-maintained, but the tour guides are also informative, polite and engaging, according to reviewers. Remember, though, to make arrangements for this attraction well in advance since appointments are required. Another note: Children younger than 5 are not permitted.

Read more
McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary
See full list of Best Things To Do in West Palm Beach »

Explore More of West Palm Beach

If you make a purchase from our site, we may earn a commission. This does not affect the quality or independence of our editorial content.

Recommended

30 Top Florida Weekend Getaways

Spend sun-filled days exploring Florida's beautiful beaches, cities, parks and small towns.

Gwen PratesiDecember 9, 2019

The Best Travel Backpacks for 2020

U.S. News rated the best travel backpacks using recommendations from experts and consumers.

Lyn MettlerNovember 25, 2019

30 Top Wellness Retreats

Rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit at one of these relaxation-focused properties.

Kyle McCarthyNovember 21, 2019

30 Fun All-Inclusive Family Vacations

Book one of these all-inclusive trips that cover food, accommodations and activities galore.

Holly JohnsonNovember 14, 2019

5 Ways Cruise Lines Are Becoming More Environmentally Friendly

Industry considers impact as it looks to the future.

Gwen PratesiNovember 12, 2019

11 Unique and Quirky Cruise Destinations

Venture off the beaten path for an authentic cruising experience.

Christine SmithNovember 12, 2019

The 2020 Best Cruise Lines for Families

Gather up the gang and head out to sea with one of these six kid-friendly cruise lines.

Nicola WoodNovember 12, 2019

The Top Pyramids in Mexico to Visit

Add these ancient marvels to your Mexico vacation itinerary.

Lyn MettlerOctober 28, 2019

30 Top Babymoon Destinations, Trips and Ideas

From romantic beach getaways to big city adventures to glamping in the forest, these locales will inspire your babymoon planning.

Gwen PratesiOctober 15, 2019

15 Tips for Traveling While Pregnant

These tips will help pregnant women travel the world in comfort and style.

Holly JohnsonOctober 10, 2019