Fairchild Tropical Garden, Miami
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is named after David Fairchild, the preeminent botanist of his day and was established in 1936 by Robert H. Montgomery. Today it is home to many species of rare plants (palms, ancient cycads, flowers, vines etc...), a butterfly house, laboratory and a conservation research facility. One must really take the tour to fully appreciate the full breadth of the flora. Some of the highlights included: Jack Fruit, an amazing pastel colored tree from the Philippines and a frankincense tree. This is the ideal place to spend the day with a loved one.
Huge collection of butterflies, hummingbirds and flowering tropical plants in a glass hot house.
Butterflies from all over the world including Asia, South and Central America, Africa.
Weekends get very crowded as attraction just opened fall of 2012.
For best, more relaxed time to enjoy try to visit during a weekday. You will not be rushed and can take your time photographing the butterflies.
If you go during the weekend, expect to be ushered through by the people manning the doors as there are large groups of people waiting to see this unique and beautiful attraction.
Fantastic place to spend a day strolling through beautifully maintained and well manicured gardens.
Get a feel of tropical and sub tropical plants from around the world.
Very rare and unique species thrive here amongst our native palms, hammocks of live oaks and water ways.
A sister garden to Kew Gardens in Britain and a must for the European traveler.
Coming in Fall of 2012 - an orchid and butterfly house complete with hummingbirds!
Saturday and Sundays often host numerous festivals from farmers market to orchid shows and palm/fern/bromeliad and other flowering plant sales...many collectors items!
This huge botanical gardens is one of of the best of its kind. It focus's on tropical plants throughout the world. Also for a good look at Florida's fruit crops, skip the Fruit and Spice Park and come here. During my visit they were having a special exhibit of glasswork by Dale Chihuly.
We decided to visit this place almost as an afterthought...and it turned out to be one of our favorite activities during our trip to the Miami area. It was a tropical paradise! You can easily spend the better part of a day here just wandering through the tropical foliage. Even though this garden is located just minutes from downtown, it feels very secluded and peaceful. The garden encompasses 83 acres, so bring your walking shoes. Luckily, there is a narrated tram ride that can transport you from one area of the park to another, but you'll see plenty of spots where you'll want to get off and roam around. There is a small food court here and there are plenty of scenic little spots to stop and have lunch. We are originally from up north and we were surprised and amused to find that large iguanas roam around freely here by the hundreds almost as abundantly as squirrels in our backyard.
This is one of the most beautiful parks/ botanical gardens I have seen, full of palm trees, lagunas and iguanas.