When can I visit Bellingrath Gardens and Home?
Bellingrath Gardens and Home is open every day from 8 AM to 5 PM, except on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Days, when the Gardens are closed. Bellingrath Gardens and Home has extended hours during the Magic Christmas in Lights season, when the Gardens are open until 9 PM.
How long does it take to tour the Gardens? Home?
Allow at least 1.5 – 2 hours to tour the Gardens and an additional 30 minutes to tour the Bellingrath Museum Home.
What’s in bloom right now?
Throughout the year, Bellingrath Gardens and Home boasts an abundance of year-round blooms. To find out what’s blooming when you plan your visit, see our Currently Blooming page.
Are there refreshments available on the grounds?
The Magnolia Café is open daily for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and serves refreshments and snacks in the afternoon. There are also water fountains located in the Entrance Building, behind the Boehm Gallery, and by the Gift Shop. There is a beverage machine stocked with soft drinks and bottled water behind the Boehm Gallery.
There is a picnic area in the Bellingrath Parking Lot. Guests are not permitted to bring their own food or drink into the Gardens.
Are there restrooms located on the grounds?
Restrooms are located within the Entrance building, Gift Shop, and the Boehm Gallery next to the Home.
May I rent the grounds for a wedding?
The Gardens are available for daytime Saturday rentals from May 1 through October 31 except when a public event is scheduled in the Gardens. We have two outdoor spaces available as well as our intimate chapel. See our Weddings page for details.
Are reservations required to visit the Gardens or Home?
Reservations are not required.
Are both the Gardens and Home handicap accessible?
Preserving a historic attraction such as Bellingrath Gardens and Home requires maintaining its original structure. The pathways throughout the Gardens are handicap accessible except for the Asian Garden, which has overlooks but is not fully accessible by wheelchair. The Bellingrath Museum Home is not accessible to the handicapped, because part of the tour includes stairs. Manual wheelchairs are available to rent at the Entrance Building for a $6 fee.
May I purchase tickets online?
For most events, you may purchase your tickets at the ticket office inside the Entrance Building.
Are pets allowed at the Gardens?
Pets are not allowed inside the Gardens. To accommodate our guests that travel with their pets, we do offer use of our Pet Motel, free of charge. Notify your cashier in the Entrance Building if you’d like to use the Pet Motel. The cashier will issue a padlock for the kennel. Since the motel is not staffed, we recommend that all guests use the padlock to secure their kennel. Water is available, but guests will need to provide their own bowl.
When does the Magic Christmas in Lights season begin?
Enjoy 3 million sparkling lights and over 1,000 displays from late November through early January. Visit our Magic Christmas in Lights page for specific dates and hours.
Is Bellingrath Gardens and Home a nonprofit organization?
Yes. Bellingrath Gardens and Home is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, operated by the Bellingrath Morse Foundation since 1950 and further supported by the Bellingrath Gardens and Home Foundation, created in 2004. For details about our foundations, our Corporate Partners Program and membership in the Friends of Bellingrath, click here.