If you are looking for a beautiful and serene place to walk around in West Palm Beach, Mounts Botanical Garden is the spot. This is a must-visit destination for those who enjoy seeing Florida nature. I recommend it as an activity to all ages and wanted to share my top tips for visiting Mounts Botanical Garden.
This blog post all the things to do here, how to get to the gardens, and a general itinerary for your visit. I have also included some nearby restaurants and attractions to optimize your whole day in West Palm Beach. For those who want to experience Florida nature at its finest, here is everything to know about Mounts Botanical Garden.
1. Things to Do in Mounts Botanical Garden
This West Palm Beach Garden contains 20 acres of trees, plants, and natural features. You can see it all in a day, but you will want to pace yourself. I recommend figuring out what you want to see first and prioritizing that, then later taking a relaxing walk-through.
The main highlights of Mounts Botanical Garden are the Butterfly Garden, the O’Keefe Rain Garden, the Tropical Forest, and the Windows on the Floating World. These are defined areas with displays of flowers and trees to learn about. Families will also want to prioritize the Children’s Maze for a fun activity.
There are so many different types of gardens, including the Rose and Fragrance Garden, the Garden of Tranquility, the Herb Garden, the Florida Natives Garden, The Bulb Garden, and the Edible Garden. All of these make for lovely places to walk through or sit down and relax.
In addition to general visits, Mounts Botanical Garden hosts a variety of classes and events. Popular classes include Watercolor, Tai Chi, Sound Healing, and Gardening Society Meetings. The seasonal plant festivals are a huge hit for gardeners and the monthly dog day is also fun for pet owners.
2. How to Get There
Mounts Botanical Garden is easy to get to from all parts of West Palm Beach. It is about three and a half miles off of I-95. Simply exit onto FL-80/US-98 and you will be there shortly.
If you are coming from the beach side of West Palm, expect a fifteen-minute or so drive to get there. Mounts Botanical Garden is half an hour away from Jupiter and fifteen minutes from Lake Worth. It is located right across from the Palm Beach International Airport and can be a fun activity to add to the end of your trip!
3. Day Trip Itinerary
If you are planning to make a day trip out of visiting Mounts Botanical Garden, there are many ways to structure your day. I have outlined my recommendation below for doing the garden in the morning when it is cooler and there are fewer chances of rain, but you could swap it for the afternoon as well.
- 9:00 AM: Arrive at Mounts Botanical Garden, enter at the Rose and Fragrance Garden
- Explore Rose & Fragrance, Garden of Tranquility, Tropical Forest, Sun Garden of Extremes, and Belgonia Garden
- 9:30 AM: Walk along the Herb Garden, The Pines, The O’Keefe Rain Garden, and the Florida Natives Garden
- 10:00 AM: Feed the Koi Fish and walk around Lake Orth
- 10:30 AM: Meander through the Butterfly Garden. Trial Garden and Bulb Garden
- 11:00 AM: Try your hand at the Children’s Maze and wander through the nursery
- 11:30 AM: Walk through the Windows of the Floating World, the Tropical Cottage Garden, and the Rainbow Garden
- 12:00 PM: retrieve your picnic stuff from the car and head over to the great lawn
- Enjoy a picnic in the shade of the great lawn or at a table near the Hutchinson Complex
- 1:00 PM: Check out any other exhibits you would like to revisit and then depart
- 1:30 PM: Drive to your afternoon activity and spend the afternoon there
- Examples include Riviera Beach, Palm Beach Zoo, Norton Museum of Art or Rosemary Square
- 5:00 PM: Drive to Grandview Public Market for a food hall dinner
- 6:30 PM: Explore The Square or Clematis Street and get an after-dinner treat
- Drive back at your leisure
4. Restaurants and Attractions Nearby
While in the area of Mounts Botanical Garden, I recommend also checking out Downtown West Plam Beach. This is only a ten-minute drive from the garden and has tons of shops, restaurants, cafes, and activities to peruse. Some of my favorite areas to check out include HIVE, Grandview Public Market, The Square, and Clematis Street.
As for other nearby activities, you can cool off inside after at the Norton Museum of Art or continue staying outside at the Palm Beach Zoo. Of course, the beach is always worth exploring too. I would recommend starting your day at Mounts Botanical Garden and then venturing elsewhere in the afternoon.
5. Mounts Botanical Garden Frequently Asked Questions
If you are interested in visiting Mounts Botanical Garden for the day, I have put together the most frequently asked questions I get about these attractions. These answers are accurate at the time of writing (April 2023) and I will update them annually.
- How much does it cost to visit Mounts Botanical Garden?
- Admission is currently $15 per adult or $12 per seniors, students, and the military. Kids between the ages of six and seventeen are $7 and those under six years old are free.
- What time does the garden open?
- Mounts Botanical Garden opens at 9 AM every day except Mondays when it is closed.
- Are dogs allowed at Mounts Botanical Gardens?
- Dogs are not allowed in the garden with the exception of on the 2nd Sunday of the month.
- Can you bring food and drinks?
- Yes, you are welcome to bring your own food and drinks and have a picnic. There are picnic tables, as well as grassy areas to sit in.
- How big is Mounts Botanical Garden?
- This garden consists of 20 acres of flowers, trees, and plants. There are twenty-five distinct sections to check out
Know Before You Go: Mounts Botanical Garden
If you want a relaxing day in nature, Mounts Botanical Garden is the perfect West Palm Beach spot to check out. You can spend at least three hours here touring the gardens, enjoying a picnic, and taking pictures of and observing nature. I recommend visiting between October and May, when it isn’t so hot and rainy, although there is plenty of shade. Here are a few other tips to remember before your visit.
- Parking is free and plentiful at Mount Botanical Gardens.
- Food and drinks are not served here, but you can bring your own.
- Palm Beach County Residents can save on admission by visiting on the second Saturday of each month. Adult admission is $5 on this monthly day and kids 17 and under are free to enter.
- You can book private tours, field trips, and weddings at the Mounts Botanical Garden, as well as other special events.
- Applications for volunteers at the gardens are available if you would like to help.
Have you been to the Mounts Botanical Garden before? Let me know what you thought if you have! For more ideas for things to do in Florida, check out my Florida Day Trips guide and my list of the best things to do in Palm Beach.