Take some time to absorb the colorful landscapes and ambiance of the Naples Botanical Garden. This multifaceted parkland, made up of seven distinct sections, each with its own charms, is a great place for a walk, a relaxing picnic or study of rare plant species.
This botanical garden was founded in 1993 by a group of local residents who were motivated to conserve Florida’s native species. Today the garden covers nearly 200 acres (80 hectares) crisscrossed by 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) of walking trails.
Explore each of the botanical garden’s diverse sections. Browse the Florida Garden to find some of the most beautiful grasses, flowers and trees of the area’s landscape. Highlights include a circular design in the center of the garden lined by sabal palms, the state tree of Florida.
See exotic species alongside tobacco and cocoa plants in the Caribbean Garden. This section includes a themed Explorers’ Garden that showcases the importance of these plants to the development of the American nation.
Continue on to the Asian Garden where you’ll see bamboo forests, water terraces and Thai-style temple gardens. For a look at South American plant species and designs, visit the Brazilian Garden. It was built to honor the famed landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx.
Cross boardwalks over river-dwelling grasses or enjoy one of the frequent shows on an island stage at the Water Garden. Take a full-day or half-day tour of the lively Children’s Garden that provides fun for both kids and parents. Longer tours will take you around the butterfly gardens, through water jets and to an herb garden where you’ll learn about the uses and health benefits of incredible plants. If you get hungry, choose from a range of meals at the garden café.
The Naples Botanical Garden is open every day. The entry fee is reduced for children to age 14. A complimentary “getting started” tour is offered late each morning. Specialized group tours charge an additional fee and should be booked in advance. Walkways are ADA-accessible. Ample parking is provided.