Plants, mankind’s greatest enemy, are finally on the ropes thanks to global warming. Teach your children how to hunt the last of these enormous nitrogen junkies by observing them in captivity with today's Groupon: for $6, you get a one-day admission to Naples Botanical Garden on Bayshore Drive (up to a $12.95 value). Children 3 and under are admitted free at Naples Botanical Garden.
Naples Botanical Garden flaunts its paradisical gardens on 170 acres of pristine restored landscape. Explore the delights of nature in the butterfly house or the colorful plant-life panoramas in the Brazilian, Children’s, Florida, Asian, and Caribbean gardens. View-laden boardwalks curve around the premises approaching the water garden, where floating water lilies, lotuses, and papyrus flank a miniature island harboring miniature marooned Gilligans. Breathe anew in the Hidden garden, which sports a blooming curated junkyard where leafy greens and pastel flowers sprout from shoes, purses, and sinks. In addition to its flora, Naples Botanical Garden houses a 90-acre septi-ecosystem preserve with nearly 300 species of plants and hundreds of animal species, including herons, tortoises, and tree frogs who gather daily to preen and discuss the humidity.
Naples Botanical Garden
Two decades ago, a strip mall, parking lot, and acres of invasive plants stood on this land, hosting crowds of shoppers bustling through their daily routines. Now, serene greenery has once again reclaimed the expanse, replacing the concrete and metal with 170 acres of flourishing gardens and pine flatwoods. Naples Botanical Garden's 90-acre preserve is home to seven ecosystems, including untouched forests, marshes, and mangroves, where hundreds of animal species and more than 300 species of native and exotic plants dwell.
Cultivating a diverse array of subtropical flora, the seven garden habitats enchant and educate adults and children alike. Visitors meander along 2.5 miles of walking trails, dropping into the Lea Asian Garden to admire a northern Thailand riverside scene and relax at the Balinese--temple water garden, spying on frogs trying to have a conversation with their own reflections. Throughout the Kapnick Caribbean Garden, guests stroll beneath a vine-covered arbor and through the coconut grove, which showcases plants from Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific that had great economic impact on the islands. Wee ones splash in jets of water in the Smith's Children’s Garden, where they can visit a butterfly house, caper about treehouses, and drop by the healthy-eating garden to ask organic vegetables why there are no mummies in the food pyramid. In addition to engaging the senses, the botanical gardens enlightens minds of all ages with myriad educational programs and events.