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“Miami's Own Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Kampong

The Kampong
4013 Douglas Road, Biscayne Bay, Coconut Grove, Miami, FL 33133 (Coconut Grove)
305.442.7169
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Ranked #22 of 122 attractions in Miami
Type: Gardens
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Owner description: Enter the gates of this hidden oasis tucked in metropolitan Miami. See the sausage tree, named for its pendulous fruit hanging from ropelike stalks. Stand dwarfed by a hundred-year-old baobab from Tanzania that weighs almost 50 tons. Drink in the haunting fragrance of plants prized by the perfume industry. See the vibrant magenta blossoms of the pink trumpet tree as they color the horizon. Touch the hard hexagonal projections on the skins of the jakfruit, the world's largest tree fruit, or the feathery foliage of the canary yellow royal poinciana from Guyana. Discover the place that David Fairchild, the "Columbus of American Horticulture" called home.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
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“Miami's Own Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

The Kampong, oozing with Miami history, is a well kept secret. Nestled along the beautiful waters of Biscayne Bay, this property leads one out of the chaos of a fast-paced Miami lifestyle into the serenity of a magical garden. Complete with countless plant varieties(well labelled), uniquely designed buildings, and tales of South Florida pioneers (dating back to the 1800s), one can't help but be impressed with this little-known gem. Dr. David Fairchild, one of the more famous residents, contributed his horticultural knowledge to create this tropical paradise. Dr. Eleanor Simmons, an equally notable character, was Miami's first woman physician who often made trips by donkey to Miccosukee tribal lands to help ailing natives. There are so many stories which could fill this review, but treat yourself instead, to a trip of your own and see what a special place this really is. Reservations are recommended (Groupons sometimes available). Walking is easy to moderate

Visited June 2014
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English first
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Miami's roots”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

The wonderful thing about Coconut Grove is being able to dip into these beautiful bits of history that give you a true feeling of what this place was like before urbanization. The Kampong is such a place.

Visited June 2014
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San Francisco, California
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70 attraction reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
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“Nice relaxing place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

the price ($15) is a bit steep for this garden because it is not that big but it is a very relaxing place and since it is not a major tourist attraction, there is almost nobody there. The end of the garden opens up to Biscayne bay which gets a lot of nice breeze and it is very peaceful to sit on the bench right there.

Visited March 2014
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Fargo, North Dakota
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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“lovely”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

I took my family for a walk in the Kampong and they were very excited. It is really a wonderful place to spend some time with the loved ones if you enjoy nature like we do. My daughter loves plants and was really thrilled to see so many species. The view was wonderful.

Visited August 2013
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jpolliver
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
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“Historical Botany for plant lovers”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

Cool place. Great docents. Interesting history. They ask for reservations for entrance, but if you just show up at the tour times (10:30 and noon), you will likely have no trouble getting in. The tours are leisurely, but well conducted. Tidbit: the property next door was owned by the wife of Gilbert Grosvenor, the founder of National Geographic. Pair this tour with a trip to the Fairchild Gardens for a plant lovers nirvana.

Visited February 2014
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