Many of us are looking for ways to remain active while also staying a safe distance away from others. That's why Sarah Phinney started a ‘Walking Club’ to highlight some hidden, and some not so hidden, trails and parks across the Tampa Bay.
Love is in the air at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo! It’s the perfect spot for a (free!) date, just in time for Valentine’s Day! You may even see couples tying the knot if you visit Sunday!
Where is it?
The main entrance to the Florida Botanical Gardens is on Ulmerton Road. Put this address in your phone:
There is also an entrance to the gardens on Walsingham Road. The address is:
What can I find there?
You can spend hours soaking up the beauty of the gardens!
Emily Bloxam, Florida Botanical Gardens Foundation Communications Coordinator, says the Tropical Walk, Cactus & Succulent Garden and Tropical Fruit Garden are must-see spots for visitors.
Click here to check out a map of the gardens. It shows which pathways are ADA compliant.
Consider taking the nature trails if you're looking for a quieter experience.
Dogs are allowed at the Florida Botanical Gardens, as long as they are on a leash and picked up after.
What’s happening at the gardens on Valentine’s Day?
The Pinellas Clerk’s 15th Annual Valentine’s Day Wedding Ceremony is taking place Sunday in the Wedding Garden.
There will be a vow renewal ceremony at 1:30 pm and the wedding ceremony will take place at 2:00 pm. Couples had to preregister for the event.
It will look a different than previous years, with less guests allowed due to social distancing guidelines.
You’ll still feel the love in the air, even if you don’t visit this weekend! There are plenty of spots to share a quiet moment with your special someone.
“There’s a lot of little vignettes where we have Adirondack chairs and places to sit,” said Bloxam. “You can come do a picnic and lay down your own blanket.”
What else is in the area?
Heritage Village (also free!) is connected to the Florida Botanical Gardens.
More than 30 attractions, including historic homes and a general store, sit on this 20 acre property.
Tours through the historic homes are not being offered right now because of the pandemic, but you can read the placards and listen to an audio tour.
The address for Heritage Village is:
Want to get even more steps in? Drive across the street to Walsingham County Park.
The park features a six mile trail and beautiful views of Walsingham Reservoir. Click here for a map of the park.
If you'd like to go there first, the address to the main entrance is:
When should I visit?
The Florida Botanical Gardens is open daily from 7 am to 5 pm.
Heritage Village is open Wednesday through Saturday from 12 pm to 4 pm. It’s also open on Sunday from 1 pm to 4 pm.
Join Walking Club!
Post photos of your adventures, ask questions and learn about upcoming #WalkingClub stories in Sarah’s Walking Club group on Facebook!