The USF Botanical Gardens consist of 16 acres of beautiful gardens located on the University of South Florida campus in Tampa. In addition to housing over 3,000 plant species that are used for research, the gardens are also open to the public in order to encourage nature education. Visitors are welcome to explore the gardens, view informative displays, and look for native wildlife such as gopher tortoises, birds, and butterflies.
Things to Do
- Go for a leisurely stroll around the gardens and explore the many habitats that are represented, including wetland and temperate forests, a rainforest, and a shade garden.
- Visit the collection of fascinating carnivorous plants located near the conservatory.
- Learn all about beekeeping and how honey is made by visiting the USFBG Apiary - if you're lucky, they might be doing a demonstration when you visit.
- Take photos of the wildlife that can be found throughout the beautiful Butterfly Garden.
USF Botanical Gardens Insider Tips
- Stop by the Plant Shop to purchase a souvenir plant that you can add to your garden. They also sell all kinds of gardening books and a variety of delicious honey products.
- Check out events such as the annual plant and flower sales where you can get everything you need to teach your child how to care for their very own garden.
- Visit this page to find out what plants will be in bloom during your visit.
- Keep an eye out for Rafters, the very popular cat that calls the botanical gardens home.