A Visit to Mead Botanical Gardens in Winter Park

Walking around Mead Gardens reminded me of the Awbury Arboretum in Philadelphia. It's green space you know is there, but it’s a bit hidden. It’s a bit isolated, so it has a secretive feel about it.
mead gardens in winter park
Come explore

Mead Botanical Gardens is much larger than I anticipated. 

There is a large area with picnic tables and big trees scattered about.  

The eye-catching Butterfly Garden was attracting beautiful butterflies. The outdoor amphitheater is a nice setting with a stage and flowers abound. 

There are some trails close to the creek. Make sure you have proper footwear since the ground can be a bit muddy. 

They recently updated their boardwalk area. Another place to meander.   

boardwalk at Mead gardens
What critters were exploring?

boadwalk at mead gardens
A nice option if the ground is muddy

mead botanical gardens
You nature fix

There are a couple of short trails that take you to a pond area off of the creek.
lake at mead gardens
Watch out for snakes & gators

I would love to enjoy a concert in this setting. It's a great area for kids to run and roam as well.
amphitheater at Mead Gardens
The Grove is a beautiful spot to enjoy a concert in the gardens

There is a bike trail that runs through part of the gardens. When I'm on it I like to stop and see if I can find the Gopher Tortoise. My last visit I saw a couple of little ones in a hole. So cute!
gopher tortoise at mead gardens
I'm always looking for the Gopher Tortoise 

What I enjoy: It feels like a secret garden
Cool feature: Lots of events including guided walks
Good for a date:✔
Good for kids:✔
Good for teens:✔
Good for groups:✔
OK for dogs: Leashed
Local spots nearby to explore: Central Park, The Bear & Peacock & Create Your Nature

~ Kelli

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Editor's Note: This post was originally published in October 2011 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.