Visit Leu Gardens in Orlando, FL on Your Family Vacation
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Visit Leu Gardens in Orlando, Florida on Your Family Vacation

Added: Jan 11, 2022
Category: Things to Do

flowers at leu gardens in Orlando

When you think about things to do in Orlando, Florida, a few obvious contenders come to mind. Walt Disney World and Universal Studios are some of the first options everyone considers. However, if you’re searching for an activity that’s a bit off the beaten path, Orlando offers plenty for you, too. It doesn’t matter what you’re interested in; you’re sure to find it here in Orlando!

Outdoor activities in Orlando give you the chance to enjoy the Florida sunshine and see some of the most stunning nature that the area has to offer. There might not be a beach here in Orlando, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the beautiful Florida weather. On your next visit to our Orlando vacation rentals near Disney, be sure to check out Leu Gardens!

flowers at leu gardens in Orlando


The Leu Gardens in Orlando are truly a sight to see. Just a short drive away from the downtown area, you’ll find a breathtaking 50-acre botanical oasis. This garden was originally donated to the City of Orlando in 1961 and is named after its original owners, Harry and Mary Jane Leu. Today, visitors come from far and wide to discover the beauty of the gardens, whether they’re simply exploring the grounds or participating in a special event.

Of course, the gardens have tons of visitors who simply want to explore the grounds and relax in the beauty of nature. However, Leu Gardens also hosts tons of fun events, from weddings and private affairs to classes, tours, field trips, and more. There’s always something fun going on here on the grounds!

The Gardens

When you arrive at the gardens, you’ll be invited to stroll through and embark on a self-guided tour. The Garden House Welcome Center can provide Guest Guides and Maps to help you plan your journey around the property. As you explore, you’ll see that many of the garden signs display QR codes, which you can scan with your phone’s camera to unlock even more details about the breathtaking plant life you see around you. Azaleas, roses, oaks, elms, and bromeliads are just a few of the things you can hope to see at Leu Gardens.

Leu House Museum

You won’t just learn about flowers and nature when you visit Leu Gardens. Be sure to take some time to explore the Leu House Museum as well! This restored 19th century home has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places and now tells the stories of the four families who owned the home before it was opened to the public.

The house was constructed in 1858 by the Mizell family before passing to the Pell/Gardners and the Woodward family in the early 1900s. In 1936, Harry and Mary Jane Leu purchased the property, building the land into the stunning gardens we see today. Take some time to explore the home and all its history while you’re on the grounds!

Art at Leu Gardens

Of course, the collection of flowers and plant life here at Leu Gardens is truly a work of art in and of itself. However, the property does host more traditional art displays as well! At Leu Gardens, you can find several impressive permanent exhibits, such as those by naturalist Mulford B. Foster and artists Bill Rollo, John Catterall, and Chrissie Mervine. There are also all kinds of beautiful rotating exhibits coming through the gardens, which means you can visit again and again and always see something new! Plus, you can view these incredible pieces of art at no additional cost.

succulent in leu gardens

Hours and Pricing

Guests are welcome to visit Leu Gardens in Orlando, Florida at 1920 North Forest Avenue. The gardens are open every single day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but please be aware that there is no entry after 4 p.m. You can purchase your tickets online before you arrive or buy them at the door.

Starting in January 2022, adult admission into Leu Gardens will cost $15 per person. Children ages 4 through 17, as well as active military and veterans with their ID, can get in for just $10. Finally, kids 3 and under get in for free! Leu Gardens isn’t just a fun attraction, but it’s also great for those on a budget!

There’s no doubt that your stay in our Orlando vacation rentals should include a trip to the Leu Gardens. No matter what time of year it is or what else you have on your itinerary, coming to the Leu Gardens is sure to add a unique adventure to your trip. Make some memories with your family and relax in some of the most beautiful nature that Orlando has to offer!

After you’ve spent your day exploring the gardens and enjoying the other sights of Orlando, you can head back to your vacation rental to get some well-deserved rest. Our Orlando condo rentals near Disney have an incredible location near any attraction in the city, as well as tons of impressive amenities like high-speed internet, fully stocked kitchens, beautiful outdoor spaces, and more. At Epic Florida, we’re here to make sure you have the most epic experience possible on your trip. Contact us today to learn how we can help you plan your next trip to Florida!

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