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“A gardener's delight with lots of Southern Charm!"”

Bellingrath Gardens and Home
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Theodore
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Enjoy 65 acres of year-round floral pageantry in a Southern estate garden with blooms and beauties every day of the year. It is our passion at Bellingrath Gardens and Home to preserve and enhance the 65-acre garden and grand estate home of Walter and Bessie Bellingrath.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
Manahawkin, New Jersey
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48 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“A gardener's delight with lots of Southern Charm!"”
Reviewed March 1, 2010

We toured Bellingrath March 1st after the coldest winter in years. The camilleas were budded up with a few blossoms, tulips and daffodils were blooming, and there were many other beautiful plantings. If you are a home gardener, you can just delight in the idea of how lovely the gardens would be in full bloom. We especially loved the use of curley leaf parsley as a filler in with the decorative cabbages and daffodils. The gardens are so exquisitely designed and we loved the use of the artesian wells throughout to provide fountains and flowing streams. The river cruise was well-narrated and informative as well as lovely - some super homes to see! And then there is the home - wow! The collection of porcelain is incredible not to mention the silver, china, and glass. On top of all this beauty, the staff was so gracious, friendly, and informative. We had a lovely time and would certainly go back.

Thank LBINewJerseySwede
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Beautiful gardens”
Reviewed May 23, 2009

I have been to Bellingrath Gardens many times. The Gardens are beautiful, and many ancient varieties of camellias and azaleas adorn the paths. I go to Bellingrath every time I am in Mobile.

Thank camelliaman
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Hilliard, Ohio
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“Great Display”
Reviewed March 23, 2009

We visited the garden and home on March 22, 2009. The garden was really nice to walk thru. We also went on the river boat. I recommend that you go early and get a seat on the top, which was full when we arrived. However, we were able to stand at the stern of the boat and enjoy the nice weather. Be sure to put good walking shoes on, since the gardens covers 65 acres.

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Marlton, New Jersey
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653 reviews
371 attraction reviews
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“Enjoyed the Magic of Christmas”
Reviewed January 6, 2009

I visited this attraction right after Christmas. The tour guide was very informative and knowledgeable. The house was nicely furnished and I enjoyed seeing the rooms. The gardens themselves were not in bloom. There was a nice peaceful pavillion on the lake that you could sit and watch pelicans. The Magic of Christmas Light Show was what made it special. The different displays were very imaginative. There was one area that you could look out over a lake and there was a lighted train which was reflected in the lake. There was also a cool pagoda display. It takes about an hour and a half to go through.

Thank angeleyes27
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67 reviews
46 attraction reviews
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“The Treasure of alabama”
Reviewed January 3, 2009

Outside of the weather - the absolute best choice in Alabama for beauty, lights, and pure fun. Not a theme park - it is an estste decked out for the season. During the spring - there is no place as beautiful as the Bellingrah and its azaleas. A mite hard to find - but who cares - a true alabama treasure

Thank robear61
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