Monday, July 23, 2012

Weekend Trip: Bellingrath Gardens in Mobile, AL

Local favorite place to go~ Bellingrath Gardens & Home
If you haven't been to Mobile's Bellingrath Gardens, you are definitely missing out!

Bellingrath Gardens
Garden at entrance to grounds~
Looking for somewhere new to explore with the family? If you've never been to Bellingrath Gardens- you must go this weekend. It's definitely a  whole day trip, but one that family members of all ages will enjoy.

Bellingrath Gardens and Home is located at 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd, in Theodore, Alabama 326582.  The trip from Pensacola is around 80 miles, or about 1.5 hours drive.

Aerial view of Bellingrath Gardens showing how large the Gardens spread ~ Gardens border the Fowl River
Outside fountain at entrance to Bellingrath Home~
Bellingrath gardens encompasses over 65 acres in rural Theodore, Alabama and is one of the areas largest tourist attractions. Garden enthusiasts from all over the country visit Bellingrath yearly to tour their award winning gardens. Families have been touring the gardens for almost a century- the gardens have been open to the public since 1932.

In addition to touring the gardens, you can take a guided tour through the Bellingrath Museum Home.  The home is a massive 10,500 feet with 15 rooms overlooking the Fowl River. Constructed in 1935, the home was Mr. and Mrs. Bellingraths personal residence.  The home has been well preserved with all interior fixtures and furnishings dating from the 1930's and 1940's.

Bellingrath Gardens and Home overlooks the Fowl River~
For even more fun, take the River Cruise offered Wednesday through Sunday at the gardens. Alabama Cruises offer several sightseeing tours aboard different style boats. For $50 per person, enjoy a dinner cruise down Fowl River in the Southern Belle charter boat. Call Alabama Cruises for more information (251) 973-1244.

Bumble bee searches for food along the River Front at Bellingrath Gardens and Home
Bellingrath Gardens and Home is also famous for their lights at Christmas time. Thousands visit yearly from all over the Gulf Coast to enjoy the Magic Lights at Christmas time.

The gardens are open daily from 8 am to 5pm with hours extended until 9pm during Christmas light season. Admission is as follows:
  • River cruise, Gardens, and Home- $28.50 per adult, $18.50 per child with children under 5 free
  • Gardens & Home- $20 per adult, $10 per child with children under 5 free
  • Gardens- $12 per adult, $6.50 per child with children under 5 free
    Roses in the Rose Garden
Different Areas of Bellingrath include:
  • Conservatory
  • The Rose Garden
  • Camellia Paterre
  • The Great Lawn
  • Mirror Lake
  • Asian American Gardens
  • Bayou Boardwalk
  • Butterfly Garden
  • South, East, and North Terrace
  • Rockery
  • The Grotto
Buildings include:
  • Bellingrath Museum Home
  • Chapel
  • Summer House
  • Gift Shop
  • Magnolia Cafe- open 11am to 2pm for lunch

Bellingrath Gardens and Home
Bellingrath Gardens~ Fun things to do near Pensacola, FL
The Observatory
View inside the Observatory with abundant tropical plants
Rose Garden
Rose Garden at Bellingrath Gardens in Mobile, AL
 Asian-American Garden
Asian-American Garden ~ Beautiful also with bamboo!

Great place to observe wildlife
Bumble bee at Bellingrath Gardens and home
Bumble bee at Bellingrath Gardens in Theodore, AL~

The gardens were originally purchased and developed to be a fishing camp for Mr. Bellingrath.  With over 65 acres of land, many wildlife make their home here. Common wildlife seen during a visit to Bellingrath Gardens include: various birds, butterflies, lizards, squirrels, waterfowl, duck, swan, fish, dragonflies, and more.

Wildlife is prevelant at Bellingrath Gardens!

What are you waiting for? Pack a picnic, pack up the kids, and bring them out to Bellingrath Gardens for an educational day in the sun.

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