Throughout the year, this 65 acre Garden Estate is in full bloom with camellias in the winter, azaleas in the spring, roses in the summer, chrysanthemums in autumn and Magic Christmas in Lights during the holiday season.
Daily from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
During Magic Christmas in Lights - daily from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m.
The Bellingrath Home Hours:
Guided tours begin at 9 a.m. with the last ticket sold at 3:30 p.m.
During Magic Christmas in Lights tours guided tours begin at 9:00 a.m. The last ticket will be sold at 7:30 p.m.
The Christmas lights at Bellingrath Gardens and Home are spectacular! Your family is in for a real treat! Some advice...buy your tickets online BEFORE you go to keep from standing in line and arrive BEFORE dusk to get a great parking space and walk right in the front door. There are wheelchairs, strollers, and wagons available for a small fee. To the kiddos (and us adults) this place is full of "Christmas Magic" and larger than life. My family and I go every Christmas, we've made it part of our holiday tradition. You should too!
I love going to Bellingrath in the spring! The flowers, tree and shrubs are beautiful! There are a ton of different species. The walking paths are fairly flat. You can even tour parts of the house and get a history lesson. Many beautiful photo ops along the trails.
We have been a couple of times to this gorgeous garden/home. We have been in the spring to see the flowers and azaleas as they are all blooming and it is just stunning. It is a very relaxing walk through the grounds and such. We thoroughly enjoyed it.
The best though is the Christmas light display. I would very highly recommend it, even though it is a bit expensive. The lights are just amazing and everything is decorated beautifully. I would highly recommend bringing a wagon for little ones to ride in. This is better than a stroller because the kids can see all around rather than just out the front/sides.
We enjoyed visiting Bellingrath Gardens last spring and enjoyed the breathtaking beauty of the well manicured gardens. The tour of the home was amazing also. Be sure to take lots of water and a good pair of walking shoes. The boat ride was a lot of fun also, but a little chilly since it was early spring.
Quite a bit pricey, but it's worth the money!
I suggest arriving BEFORE sunset to enter and pay before the crowds start arriving. If you arrive when it is already dark you'll be forced to stand in line for a very LONG time! You can rent wagons, but I suggest bringing your own wagon or stoller if you have little ones..it can be a long walk for little legs. Bring a thermos with hot chocolate as it does get cold some nights ..or you can purchase your own at the main pavilion. They've done a great job with the different themed areas and the light scene from the lake is breathtaking!
We try to go every few years!
The entire place is basically a manor house with a large park with paths, a large pond/marsh and access to the Fowl River. It is primarily a self guided walking tour around the grounds but you are also able to take a riverboat cruise and view the home for extra. My family and I go to Bellingrath at least twice a year to view the light displays at Christmas and for the spring Azeala displays. The flowers are changed seasonally and always artfully arranged making for a nice day excursion for my teenage nieces and I.
The little girls in your family will love to see all the southern belles walking around in their bright, fancy dresses and petticoats. They even carry real parasols. Pose for a picture with these employees. Check the calendar before you go because there are all kinds of great events year round. Our recommendation: The Camellia Classic Open Car Show. The boys (both dad and son!) in my family could have spent all day wandering around the cars and talking to the drivers. Perfect for your racing fans! There is a tour of the house and a 45 minute riverboat cruise that you can take but all of that can get pricey for a family. We just decided to wander the gardens where you can see award winning roses and the flowers native to the southern area. We really want to attend the massive Easter Egg hunt!