Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden#16 in Best Things To Do in Miami
At 83 acres, the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is one of the largest of its kind in the country. With a surplus of tropical plants and other beautiful greenery, you'll likely find the Fairchild to be one of the most relaxing attractions on your to-do list.
A free 45-minute narrated tram tour, which recent visitors recommend, will show you the highlights, but then you're on your own to browse the gardens as you see fit. Previous visitors suggest you stop by the butterfly garden and the sunken garden. They also recommend you budget plenty of time to just take in all of this park's natural beauty and give high marks to the docents.
Most travelers say that Fairchild is definitely worth a visit, though they'd prefer if the admission were more affordable. Two other concerns are the heat and bug bites, so make sure to take some precautions before you come to the garden. Bring lots of bottled water, sunscreen and bug repellant so you don't end up dehydrated or being feasted on by the mosquitoes.
The Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located in Coral Gables and is about 9 miles south of downtown Miami. The garden is open every day of the year except for Christmas from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Admission is $25 for adults, $18 for seniors and $12 for kids ages 6 through 17 (children 5 and younger can enter for free). Along with the gardens, there are several cafes and a shop on-site. For more information, visit the garden's website.
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