Have you ever been to a botanical garden?
I hadn’t, before checking out Cedar Lakes. If you visit, you’ll have the opportunity to visit a 20-acre filled with hundreds of species of plants and flowers. I know almost literally nothing about them, but my girlfriend and plant-enthusiast, Michele, seemed very excited about a lot of the plants you can find along the trail.
Cedar Lakes was created by Dr. Raymond Webber over 20 years ago. He transformed what was once a typical Florida swamp into the lush gardens you can see today. He opened the gardens to the public in 2014, and it’s exploded in population ever since. Dr. Raymond built his house to overlook the gardens, and the porch of his house is actually part of the trail itself! He continues to both live and work there, overseeing the park’s operation.
The park is open every day of the week except Wednesday from 8:30AM-5:30PM. It’s closed on Christmas Day, but open every other holiday of the year. The final entrance is 4:30PM, and the hike generally takes about 2 hours. Good news, entrance is cheap! Adults can get in for $12, children from 6-12 years old for $7, and children under 6 are free! Both annual memberships and group entrance fees are available as well. You can read more information here.
Enough talking, check out some photos! If they won’t make you want to visit Cedar Lakes, nothing will.
What did you think of Cedar Lakes?
Even though the botanical garden is man-made, it makes for some gorgeous views, as well as an impressively diverse ecosystem. Have you visited Cedar Lakes? What’s your favorite garden hike? Comment below and let me know!