I have to preface this to say it was a very rainy day when we visited Middleton Gardens. The grounds are very beautiful and the history is everywhere. The rain made for a bit of a messy day with some of the paths turned muddy but that's the luck of the draw. The people working the grounds were very friendly and informative. We spent 3-4 hours walking around. If it had been a nice day it would have been an amazing place. Besides the gardens and buildings you will see peacocks, water buffalo, Belgian horses, ducks, geese, swans, and more than a few gators in the ponds.