Japan has been long known for its culture, sweeping picturesque landscapes, and strong architecture. Sadly, a trip overseas From Florida to Japan would cost you around $1000 right now. If you're looking to satisfy your wanderlust, these botanical gardens in Williston Florida will make you feel like you've taken a trip abroad to Japan, for a heck of a lot less too.
Cedar Lakes Woods and Gardens stretch over 20 acres of land, with upper and lower trails to wander and see all the sights with either a birds-eye view or experience your own personal journey to connect with nature. The hidden exclusive trails feature many bridges that bring in the essence of wandering the forest trails in Japan.
There are plenty of spots to stop and appreciate nature's beauty around you. You can take a shot to add to your Instagram feed to remember your trip and bless your followers with a little piece of Zen. The most popular spot is near the Japanese Torii Gate - which historically is known to represent sacred ground.
Check out some amazing photos of the gardens below:
Throughout the garden's entirety, you'll also find plenty of bodies of water to admire as well as gorgeous cascading waterfalls. The water is a pristine hue of turquoise, which compliments nicely with the earthy tones surrounding it. They're the perfect backdrop to add a pop of the elements to your nature-inspired Insta page.
On an Overlook Path, you can walk out onto a balcony resembling the arches you see on Pagodas in Japan that oversees the gardens; right now they have some higher water levels than normal which made some of the lower levels inaccessible, giving an additional ambiance of a sunken garden in the lands of the far east.
Among the serene Asian vibes of this garden, it also gives you a chance to get closer to some animals and wildlife such as turtles, swans, alligators, squirrels, and cranes - and see some other beautiful landscape.
To enter the gardens, admission is $12 for adults, $7 for children (6-13), and is free to children under 6. If you foresee yourself needing a regular place to zen-out or go with your family for a beautiful and active day away to connect with nature, you can also purchase an annual pass that varies in pricing here.
If you're ready for an Asian inspired stay-cation, The Cedar Lake Woods and Gardens are located at 4990 NE 180th Ave, Williston, FL, 32696. They're open to anyone any day of the week, except for Wednesdays which is only open to members, from 9:30 am to 5 pm.
For more information about the creation of the gardens, their hours of operation, or interest in group pricing, check their website here.
This destination is known to experience flooding, calling beforehand is always recommended.*
Disclaimer: We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit a potentially hazardous location, you check for the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.
*Editor’s note: This story has been updated.