Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

#17 in Best Things To Do in Miami
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10901 Old Cutler Road

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Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
3.8scorecard
  • 3.5Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

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 the most relaxing attractions on your to-do list.

A free 45-minute tram tour 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.

Most travelers say that Fairchild is definitely worth a visit, though they'd prefer if the admission were more affordable. One TripAdvisor reviewer said, "It's a little on the expensive side...but the money is well used to maintain this wonderful attraction." 

Two other concerns are the heat and bug bites, so make sure to take some precautions before you come to the park. 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 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Admission is $25 for adults, $18 for seniors and $12 for kids ages 6 through 17 (5 and under can enter for free). For more information, visit the garden's website

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