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Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Miami

Miami, FL
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Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Miami, Miami FL

Description

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden has some areas so lush you feel like you're in Hawaii! Here, water flows past shiny-leaved plants and palms stretch way up to the sky. One large tree takes your breath away with its incredible branches that stretch out around you in all directions. There is a Forest of Madagascar area with wonderful cacti of all shapes and sizes. Enjoy the butterfly conservatory called Wings of the Tropics, with huge blue butterflies from South America that flutter wildly around you- kind of creepy! The arboretum has hundreds of flowering trees. Included in your admission is a tram tour. This is a good idea since the gardens have some non-shady areas that extend for long distances. Also, the map they give you is useless. After your walk around the gardens, have a refreshing swim at the Venetian Pool, a manmade coral quarry pool built at a natural spring that is refilled daily! The historical buildings at the pool are just gorgeous! The drive between the gardens and the Venetian Pool is a delight, under archways of trees. Stop at Merrie Christmas Park (corner of Le Jeune Rd and Barbarossa Ave) for a playground set in a bowl of grass with old trees all around (rare to see something other than flat ground in Florida!).
Other butterfly conservatories to check out are Butterfly World in Coconut Creek and the butterfly rainforest at Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville (my favorite).

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The archway of trees on the drive through Coral Gables to Fairchild Gardens.
The archway of trees on the drive through Coral Gables to Fairchild Gardens.
It certainly is tropical!
It certainly is tropical!
Betel Nut Palm.
Betel Nut Palm.
Stunning tall tree- you feel like you're in Jurassic Park!
Stunning tall tree- you feel like you're in Jurassic Park!
Pretty house.
Pretty house.
Baobab Tree, planted in 1939. The trunks become hollow and are sometimes used as shelters or even bus stops!
Baobab Tree, planted in 1939. The trunks become hollow and are sometimes used as shelters or even bus stops!
Forest of Madagascar area's wonderful cacti!
Forest of Madagascar area's wonderful cacti!
Forest of Madagascar cactus garden.
Forest of Madagascar cactus garden.
Trees and vines.
Trees and vines.
Baobab Tree from a distance.
Baobab Tree from a distance.
Purple petals everywhere!
Purple petals everywhere!
Purple flowering tree and palm in distance.
Purple flowering tree and palm in distance.
Stream in the tropical area.
Stream in the tropical area.
Colorful bark of the rainbow eucalyptus.
Colorful bark of the rainbow eucalyptus.
Chairs and white umbrellas.
Chairs and white umbrellas.
Pink and yellow orchid.
Pink and yellow orchid.
A blue butterfly in the butterfly exhibit- too fast to get in focus!
A blue butterfly in the butterfly exhibit- too fast to get in focus!
Golden cocoons.
Golden cocoons.
The butterfly pavilion.
The butterfly pavilion.
Large butterfly.
Large butterfly.
Orange and brown butterfly.
Orange and brown butterfly.
Stream in the butterfly exhibit.
Stream in the butterfly exhibit.
Butterfly atop flower.
Butterfly atop flower.
Grotto wall covered in butterflies.
Grotto wall covered in butterflies.
Wet grotto wall in the corner of the butterfly exhibit.
Wet grotto wall in the corner of the butterfly exhibit.
Chihuly glass sculpture and colored pond-fish.
Chihuly glass sculpture and colored pond-fish.
Heart-shaped giant leaves.
Heart-shaped giant leaves.

Directions

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Rd, Miami FL 33156, call (305) 667-1651.Hours are 7:30-4:30 daily. Closed on Dec 25. Cost is $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and up, and $12 for children 6-17.

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Last Updated Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:29:18 GMT