Want to see why the Spanish called this “The Land of Flowers”? Deeded to the city by a wealthy businessman, Leu Gardens is a botanical charmer. The Leu House, built in 1888, is surrounded by 40 acres of formal gardens. Leu was an avid horticulturist and, as he and his wife Mary Jane traveled the world, they picked up dozens of exotic species to plant at their home. Leu was especially fond of camellias, which normally don’t grow well in Florida. After a decade of experimentation, Leu bred several varieties that thrive here. During the spring bloom the camellias and azaleas overpower both the eyes and the nose. Despite this potential assault on your senses, you should take the time to visit these gardens, as they are definitely one of the best things to do in Orlando. Stone paths meander between hedgerows and beds thick with camellias, azaleas, bougainvillea, trumpet vine, canna lilies and other tropical plants, past a gazebo, a cottage and a large rose garden. There’s a butterfly garden (active year-round), a museum and educational tours. Open daily 9AM-5PM except Christmas Day, admission is $7 for adults and $2 for children.
- Open Hours: Monday to Sunday from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Parks, Gardens & Cemeteries, Arts & Museums
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