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Natural Awakenings - Alachua, Citrus, Marion, Sumter Co & The Villages, FL

Cedar Lakes Woods and Garden, Nature's Diamond in the Rough

Cedar Lakes Woods and Garden features more than 50 gardens and numerous waterfalls and koi ponds in a 100-year-old retired lime rock quarry. It has become a sanctuary home and refuge to many creatures great and small. The aviary tour includes pheasants, quail, a goose and leopard tortoise. Birds of prey, owls, doves, numerous songbirds, butterflies, turtles, frogs, and other wildlife may be encountered along the trail.


The mission of Cedar Lakes Woods and Garden is to instill in visitors respect and appreciation for environmental stewardship by inspiring the public with artistic botanical creations. Their intention is to promote peace, humane education, animal rescue and environmental preservation.


The adjacent 54-acre nature conservation easement is maintained by the Conservation Trust of Florida. Discounted group and educational rates are available on Thursdays.


Admission is $12 for ages 13 and up/$7 for ages 6  to 13/ $6 for active military with ID/ free for children under 6 and member passholders. Location: 4990 NE 180th Avenue, Williston,. For more information, call 352-529-0055 or visit