Our original plan was to head to Gainesville to the Botanical Gardens, and I had found a couple of other potential stops and the Butterfly Sanctuary and Teaching Zoo. Since she and Nate had already been to the Botanical Gardens in Gainesville, we decided at the last minute to check out the one in Ocala instead.
So the first stop was at Shalom Park in Ocala.
According to their website:
Sholom Park was designed as a place to find inner peace and to thrive in the Central Florida climate. The park requires little or no supplemental watering. Native plants are combined with cultivated ornamentals, perennials, and annuals creating a beautiful and resilient landscape.
Sholom Park offers a place of natural beauty, comprised of meadows, woodland areas, added flowers and trees, as well as native wildlife for everyone to enjoy.
Paved walkways meander throughout the park, winding through mature oaks, hickories, sweet gums and long leaf pine trees, as they allow guests to move from one trail or feature to the next. Trails lead guests to explore the park. There are numerous benches available upon which guests may rest as they contemplate the peaceful surroundings.
As we headed out to the Prairie Trail we were amazed at the number of spiders and spider webs in the trees/bushes. I don't think I've ever seen webs this large. This is when I wish I had a better camera!!