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New wetlands walkway open at Florida Botanical Gardens

  • Wetlands Walkway and Wildlife Overlook now open at The Florida Botanical Gardens
  • Walkway includes boardwalks and overlook into wildlife areas
  • Project primarily funded by donations collected at Holiday Lights event

The Wetlands Walkway and Wildlife Overlook, a new section of The Florida Botanical Gardens, is now open. It completes a loop in the gardens’ trails that will provide visitors a closer look at the native plants and animals that live there. The walkway opened earlier this month with a dedication ceremony during the Florida Botanical Gardens Foundation’s annual membership meeting.

The walkway includes a boardwalk, viewing areas and new native plantings to attract wildlife by providing additional habitat. The boardwalk and walkway paths lead guests through part of The Gardens’ wetland area and open into an overlook to give a broader view of the nature and wildlife that reside there including numerous bird species, mammals and reptiles.

The project was primarily funded by donations the Florida Botanical Gardens Foundation collects during the annual Holiday Lights event. The Foundation partners with Pinellas County’s Parks and Conservation Resources department to continue making The Gardens a world class experience for both residents of Pinellas County and tourists.

The Florida Botanical Gardens is located at 12520 Ulmerton Road in Largo, with an alternate entrance at 12211 Walsingham Road. The Gardens are open from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. every day, with free admission. For more information, visit or call (727) 582-2100. Or visit at (727) 582-2117 for information on ways to support The Gardens.