If you want to experience the beauty of the south, you must visit Bellingrath Gardens.
What is Bellingrath Gardens?
Bellingrath Gardens is a public garden and historical site. Originally the home belonged to Walter and Bessie Bellingrath, who built his wealth with Coca-Cola.
The property was built on fertile soil, which later became the focus of their estate. People from around the country come to the gardens to see what is in bloom.
The Bellingrath Gardens are open from 8AM - 5PM (unless there is a holiday).
How much does a trip to Bellingrath Gardens cost?
Children under 5 years of age always have free entrance to the gardens.
Gardens & Bellingrath Museum Home Adults: $22 Children (ages 5-12): $14
Gardens-Only Adults: $14 Children (ages 5-12): $8
Are the gardens pet-friendly?
Unfortunately, you cannot bring your pets into the garden. However, they do have a "pet motel". This allows you to leave your dog or cat to stay in a kennel while you explore and relax in the gardens.
When is the best time to go to Bellingrath Gardens?
While the gardens are beautiful year-round, and you are bound to find something different every time you visit, November through early Aprilprovide the best weather and the most diverse array of events and activities to enjoy. You can always check out what flowers and plants are in the garden by looking at their "What's in Bloom?" page.
How long does it take to walk through Bellingrath Gardens?
It takes at least 1.5 - 2 hours to walk through the gardens, and if you want to spend time in the Bellingrath Museum it is an extra half-hour out of your day. The tour is well-worth it if you are a fan of history.
Hours: Lunch: 11AM - 2PM Drinks: 8AM - 5PM
Are you hungry? While you can lay out the picnic blanket and make Luckily for you, there is a restaurant on site! The Magnolia Cafe has good southern eats for the whole family! The Magnolia Cafe changes its menu regularly, but here are a few examples of the food you can eat there! What's on the Menu? Sandwiches Cornbread Chicken Salad Beef Vegetable Soup Shrimp and Broccoli Salad
Bellingrath Garden at Christmas
Dates: Nov 26, 2021- Jan 5, 2022, excluding holidays
Hours: 4PM - 8:30PM on weekdays. 4PM - 9PM on weekends.
You may not think you can go to a garden the same month as Christmastime, but the weather is extremely temperate in the South during the winter.
The Bellingrath Garden owners use this to their advantage. Not only do they have plants growing year-round, but they put up amazing Christmas lights that make the experience even more magical.
Ticket Prices for Bellingrath Gardens Christmas
Magic Christmas in Lights & Bellingrath Museum Home Package: Adults: $25 Children (ages 5-12): $14
Magic Christmas in Lights Gardens-Only Package: Adults: $16 Children (ages 5-12): $8
Because the garden stays open later in the evening, the Magnolia Cafe serves hot meals at dinnertime. You can also grab a cup of hot cocoa and snacks if you don't feel like eating a huge dinner.
Some people say this is the best time to visit the gardens because of the weather and seasonal excitement. Winter might not be a bad time to plan your vacation!
Fowl River Cruise
Another fun thing to do is go on a Fowl River Cruise on some of the land owned by the Bellingrath's. Travel the bayou on a guided tour to see if you can spot unique wildlife.
Mammals, waterfowl, and other creatures all spend their time here. If you are a huge fan of nature and wildlife, this is the perfect place for you to explore.
Bellingrath Gardens is one of Mobile's finest attractions. No matter when you visit, no matter what your interests are, you can find something to appreciate on the Bellingrath estate.