There are so many wonderful things about the State of Florida and many of them are just plain free! On this site, I'll be exploring the free side of Florida as well as low cost options for your weekends or vacation. But because I don't want to steer you wrong, I'll post after I visit these places myself. Have a great time on the site and on your own adventures!

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Lukas Nursery & Butterfly Encounter

If you're looking for a great botanical garden, check out Lukas Nursery & Butterfly Encounter in Oviedo, FL. They have a giant location with just about every plant or tree that can grow in Florida (or your Florida room in Northern climates). But the nice part about visiting this nursery over a "real" botanical garden is that if you find a plant that totally captures your imagination or interest, you can buy it! They have everything from trees to citrus plants, to flowering plants, to plants that even eat animals! Okay, maybe just insects, but you get the point. A person could easily spend an entire afternoon losing themselves among the best nature has to offer.

In addition to plants, however, they also have a fantastic butterfly encounter building. There is a charge of $5 to wander on your own or $7 for a guided tour. The small cost associated with this is worth it to see all the beautiful creatures fluttering overhead. In another barn is the pottery area. Many containers to choose from not only in the "pottery barn" but also throughout the grounds.

But the truth is, my favorite part of visiting Lukas Nursery is the World's Largest Wind Chime! The thing is huge! And the smooth bellows it quietly sings are mellow and gorgeous. To give you an idea of it's size, that's me in the picture and I measure in at about 5'-9"!

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