Naples Botanical Garden
||Fort Myers, FL|
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Naples Botanical Garden has a series of stunning tropical-themed gardens. The lush plants of the tropics sure do thrive in Florida, and as you walk around in the humidity you can tell why! When we were there in September it felt like we were walking around in one of those conservatories where humid air is being pumped in! Visit in winter if you can. This will also spare you lots and lots of mosquito bites.
This is truly a first-rate botanic garden with a delightful sight around every corner. From the moment you walk in and make your way through the entry building you are surrounded by huge-leafed, deep green plants.
First you arrive at the children's garden. There is a splash pad and a treehouse. An adorable cottage with a flower garden has a faucet with a pump that kids can use to fill a watering can.
You pass a garden where plants are growing in all manner of interesting objects like handbags, hats, and spoons!
Kids love the butterfly garden inside a small conservatory, and the amazing water lilies in the pond that look like the thin paperboard trays that hold Reese's peanut butter cup candies.
The Brazilian garden has gorgeous tall tropical trees, and the Caribbean garden has hammocks amid palms. The Asian garden has a gong kids can ring, chimes, and a labyrinth. Most exquisite of all is the Balinese area with a pond full of lotus plants with huge grey-green leaves covered in dew and delightful Balinese huts. Nearby there is an area of tiled archways. You could easily spend hours photographing the flowers, trees, and decorations in this botanical garden.
End your day watching the sunset at Lowdermilk Beach.
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Naples Botanical Garden is located at 4820 Bayshore Dr, Naples FL 34112, call (239) 643-7275.
Hours vary with the season. In summer the garden is open 8-3 daily. The second half of September the garden is closed for maintenance. From Oct 1 onward the garden is open daily 9-5, and during some parts of the year daily 10-5. The recorded message has the wrong times on it sometimes. Check the website for correct hours.
Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for children aged 4-14.
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Overall Visitor Rating: Unrated.