NOTICE : LIMITED TRAIL ACCESS DUE TO CURRENT HIGH WATER LEVELS IN THE FL AQUIFER!!!
Sunday: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Adults (Ages 13+): $12.00
Children (Ages 6 - 13): $7.00
Children Under 6: Free
Active Military (with ID): $6.00
Garden Members/Annual Passholder: Free
Groups with 12 to 25 people: $11 per person
Groups with 25 or more people: $10 per person
We are closed on Wednesdays, but open 7 days a week to garden members.
To schedule a guided tour or for questions about visiting the gardens on a day closed to the public, please call Lori Wallace at 352-529-0055.
Garden admission includes a brief description and history of Cedar Lakes Woods and Gardens and a self-guided tour through 20 acres of botanical creations. A map, drawn by Dr. Webber himself, is available at the welcome center. The trails are well-marked. It typically takes visitors about an hour and 45 minutes to complete their walk, but it depends on your pace. There are many benches and resting areas along the way. Visitors may stay as long as they choose and we highly recommend bringing a bottle of water and even a picnic!
For the enjoyment and safety of all our guests and rescued animal companions, alcohol, glass, and fishing poles are not permitted.
Swimming is NOT allowed in any of the quarries on the property in which Cedar Lakes Woods & Gardens resides. While Dr. Webber did allow swimming prior to the opening of the gardens to the public, it is a public safety concern. Alligators often frequent the lakes in front and our swans own the quarry within the gardens. We appreciate your understanding.
We are unfortunately NOT handicap accessible. Please allow us to explain...
The gardens are built into a lime rock quarry, so there is a steep ramp to access the lower levels. That said, we have some wonderful overlooks along the upper trail. It is not perfectly level throughout the entire trail, there are changes in elevation, and rocky and bumpy portions.
We do have accessibility ramps to get onto the overlook trail that circles the quarry rim. This view offers scenery of the lakes and gardens beneath. The overlook trail has a few small inclines and an occasional patch of rugged surface, so accessibility is very much dependent on the design and size of the wheels on one's mobility scooter/wheelchair. Guests have visited with several different models and successfully ventured through the upper trail.
While we do allow anyone to venture to the lower level of the gardens, we emphasize that strong help and confidence is needed to use this ramp with a wheelchair or similar mobile device.
We can offer guided tours to guests with need of assistance, but require at least 48 hours notice.
The restrooms are considered wheelchair accessible, as they were built more recently with wheelchairs and powerchairs in mind.
Cedar Lakes is pet friendly! We love dog-lovers AND their dogs, but if you plan on brining your furry friend to the gardens, please call ahead and give us a heads-up! We have a dog on the property named April. While she is very people-friendly, she can sometimes be territorial with other dogs. We appreciate notice, so we can ensure April doesn't meet any furry friends that she doesn't want to. Thank you!
Please bring your camera! There are many beautiful picture opportunities within the gardens, as well as on the adjacent 54 acre wildlife reservation. Sharing your photos only helps us become better-known! So please take as many beautiful pictures as you'd like, and help us get the word out! Please call (352) 529-0055 for information about using Cedar Lakes Woods & Gardens photos for commercial purposes.
By entering Cedar Lakes Woods & Gardens, visitors (as well as any accompanying minors) are consenting to being photographed or videotaped for informational, educational, or promotional purposes concerning Cedar Lakes Woods & Gardens.