Naples Botanical Garden is a must-visit if you’re in the area! I love visiting parks and gardens when I travel, and Naples’ garden was one of the most expansive I’ve visited.
My family lives in Fort Myers, FL, and I see a new place every time I visit them. Naples Botanical Garden was the latest place I toured on a recent trip, and I definitely recommend touring the gardens if you get the chance. They have such an amazing variety of plants and flowers and some of the most unique orchids I’ve seen. This is what you need to know to plan your visit to the gardens!
Info to plan your visit to Naples Botanical Garden
Before showing you all the amazing plants the gardens have to offer, here’s some information to help you plan your visit!
The gardens are currently open with timed ticketing, and masks are encouraged. Most people I saw had masks on, and the gardens are pretty big so you can easily keep your distance.
Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 4-14.
The gardens are open 9 am-5 pm daily, with extended hours in the winter so you can see Christmas lights.
Dogs are allowed in the gardens! Dog walking days are Sundays and Tuesdays 9-11 am, and pups need their own tickets.
If you want to bring home some of the incredible plants, including their amazing orchids, there are lots of different plants for sale in the gift shop.
Tour of the gardens
Naples Botanical Garden is 170 acres, and it was founded in 1993 by plant local enthusiasts. The purpose of the garden is to conserve local flora and to research and share knowledge about the plants. There are lots of educational programs if you’re interested in learning more about the gardens and plants!
If you’re like me and don’t too much about flowers other than thinking they’re pretty, there are some plaques with the plants to give you information. Or you can just walk around and admire all the pretty things and take lots of photos like I did!
I visited in January, and as you can see, the weather was beautiful and there were lots of things in bloom so there doesn’t appear to be a bad time to visit.
Lea Asian Garden
The Lea Asian garden features plants from Southeast Asia, and it’s a peaceful area to walk around or sit and take a break! It has lots of bamboo and fruit like lychee, plus a Thai pavilion in a lotus pool and a Balinese shrine in a water garden, which is a tribute to the goddess of fertility.
There are so many ponds throughout the gardens with lily pads! It was cool to see the different varieties and even some turtles resting on the lily pads.
Lagrippe Orchid Garden
You can’t miss seeing the beautiful orchids! They’re some of the most colorful and unique orchids I’ve seen, and they come from all over the world.
Just to give you an idea, a month after I visited the gardens, a bookkeeper in Minnesota I follow on Instagram posted Stories with some photos of orchids, and I instantly recognized that they were from Naples Botanical Garden without knowing the woman had been there! So if you like colorful and unique orchids, you can’t miss the orchid section.
I hope all these photos inspire you to visit Naples Botanical Garden one day! There are so many amazing plants that I couldn’t even begin to photograph them all, so you’ll have to go see them for yourself 🙂