Bellingrath Gardens and Home, Theodore

Bellingrath Gardens and Home, a former holiday fishing camp, features meandering paths among azaleas, camellias and annuals-filled beds--as well as a 15-room English Renaissance house. Prominent architect George B. Rogers designed the home and gardens for the Bellingraths in 1935. He and Bessie Bellingrath collected camellias and azaleas from across the South to enliven the garden. Stop by the fountain plaza--an artesian spring that has been contained and redirected into pleasing runnels to the Mermaid Pool, Grotto and Fowl River. Climb the steps of the rockery to see the terraced pools and waterfalls. Take time to explore the Bellingraths' home and its original furnishings. Our Theodore online trip planner makes visiting Bellingrath Gardens and Home and other Theodore attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • My wife and I have visited Bellingrath twice over past few months, having gone in early November for the Chrysanthemum displays and again over New Years weekend for their Christmas decorations. Really...  more »
  • Strolling through the gardens viewing the magical light displays was a wonderful way to spend a winter evening. There was something for everyone, a nativity scene, toyland, candyland, under the sea, S...  more »
  • We came start of January when it was very quiet. We made it just in time for the cafe to close at 2pm (basic soup or sandwich but good) Entry to the park could have included a tour of the house but we...  more »
  • Beautiful lights at night around Christmas! The house was very interesting and is a slice of time that has been captured. Well worth going inside if your interested in that stuff. We went with a tour that included dinner and the house tour. Don’t waste your money for dinner; a member of our tour got food poisoning from this place. I could see why she did and you will to when you walk through the line. I had shrimp and some other sides; it was something to eat, but I didn’t finish my meal, nor did my wife. We will be back for the lights and maybe during the day in the spring to see the different flowers. They a have a gift shop but if you shop on amazon you could probably get most of the stuff in there less the garden branded items. Neat place, go check it out just eat before you go!
  • Have been twice to their Christmas light show & jaw-dropping displays, loved it, would recommend going with the family or just couples. Anyone with small children, recommend stollers, lots of walking, but worth every minute and money spent. If you go early enough, you don't deal with heavy traffic. They have a gift shop & cafe wroth done good home cooking style food. Food was more affordable than the gift shop, but they nice gift ideas. Throughout the walk, there are benches for breaks, so possible for seniors or anyone with disabilities to stop & take breaks. Bathroom stops available in some areas & snack/drink stop also available. Check your weather, since this is primarily an outdoor event.
  • Beautiful garden! Clean and well organized. Paths lead through the garden in an organized manner so you don't miss a thing! The cascading chrysanthemums were breath taking! The items in the gift shop were reasonably priced. Looking forward to the Christmas lights this month. 😄
  • It has always been a delight to visit here. Especially during the holiday season when they put up lights and you can walk through and experience them all. I highly suggest visiting around Christmas and anytime during spring or summer. Absolutely breathtaking experience. A gem in Alabama.
  • Went here for the Christmas lights show. As always, Bellingrath doesn't disappoint. The light show was awe inspiring and captivating, and the walk through the entire display was neither too long or too brief. Be prepared to walk a ways including some elevation changes. My only complaint is that there are several patrons who choose to hold up the line to take photos of the displays, but that isn't easy to control in the age of smartphones. Overall an amazing experience, time and time again.

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