Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
4.5
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
About
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is among the world's best tropical botanic gardens. Here you will find internationally renowned collections of cycads, flowering trees, tropical fruits, vines, aroids and endangered species, which provide a living laboratory for scientists, and the opportunity of discovery for everyone. In addition, Fairchild has the largest palm collection in the U.S. and is also the keeper of the National Palm Collection as designated by the American Public Gardens Associations. With its beautiful paths, vistas and outstanding horticultural displays, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden provides every visitor with an unforgettable experience.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Elfma
    Greenwich, Connecticut550 contributions
    Luscious
    Eight beautiful acres of walking paths, tropical gardens, ponds and educational exhibits. Nice cafe with air conditioned indoor and ample outdoor covered seating. Benches everywhere. Crocodiles(not alligators). Free walking tours. Birding hotspot. Pricey with discounts for military, students and seniors. Enjoy the drive over, the area has a wealth of wonderful architecture and storybook Banyan trees.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written February 24, 2023
  • April F
    United States50 contributions
    Beautiful Oasis in the big city
    I try to visit botanical gardens no matter where I go. Fairchild was an excellent choice! Wings of Tropics (butterfly house) was a lovely experience. The rainforest cloud forest and national orchid garden was the highlight of my visit!
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written April 22, 2023
  • Bo Hodiak
    Stuart, Florida13 contributions
    "Above and Beyond"
    I had a complaint about the FG so I went to the visitor center and Brigette Banks, , the visitor center coordinator, was called out. We had driven a long way from Stuart to see FG and since I had trouble walking, I was eager to take the tram ride, which goes through the whole enormous. park. To my great disappointment the last tram left at i pm though the park was open to 5 p.m. Well, Bridgette has the type of upbeat personality that would make Scrooge (ofDicken's the "Christmas Carol") smile . She soothed my disappointment, gave me a bunch of passes to come back, and left me happy. Thank you FG. We will be back.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 16, 2023
  • Kelly B
    Iowa4,371 contributions
    Beautiful and peaceful
    I’ve been to several various gardens over the years. This one is my favorite so far. It’s quite big; plan for several hours if you want to see everything. My favorite section was the area where they currently have the dragon display: a grassy lawn with big palm trees. I also loved the lake area (look for American crocodiles! Yes, crocs, not alligators) and the rainforest. But, really, the entire place is incredible. They currently have a neat animatronic dragon display , geared towards kids but honestly really cool for adults, too.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 11, 2023
  • Paul L
    1 contribution
    Profound beauty
    Took my Chihuahua to the Sunday morning "Dog Stroll". Morning in the garden might be the nicest time. The experience was exquisitely beautiful. If one could imagine the garden of Eden, it might be something like that.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 24, 2023
  • The Pidge
    Wayne, New Jersey594 contributions
    Stunning beauty
    Like some of my other favorite botanical gardens, Fairchild Tropic Botanic Garden features a combination of well-manicured grounds and a more natural, uncultivated section to highlight the local environment (in an unspoiled way). I allowed two hours and made it through everything I wanted to see, although a third would have allowed me more time to fully appreciate the wealth of beauty on display. Next time I'm in the area I'll allow more time to enjoy everything here.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 11, 2023
  • Andee W
    1 contribution
    An amazing place to visit anytime of the year!
    I have been going to Fairchild since way before it was built up and we would enter through the back where the little house was. I brought my children and now my grandchildren, and we are never disappointed. The highlight, of course is the screen enclosure with the amazing butterflies. we truly enjoy the handout for the scavenger hunt so it lets the little ones really observed their surroundings. Thank you to all the volunteers without you. It just wouldn’t be the same.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 23, 2023
  • Gardengel-IoW
    West Sussex, United Kingdom787 contributions
    An enjoyable visit
    Lovely visit here. Good welcome at the ticket desk and information about the trolley and suggested route to walk. Our hotel concierge recommended we take the trolley ride around the property and we are glad we did. This takes about 45 minutes, and the driver/guide gave a good commentary. It took us right out to the end of the grounds and lake that we wouldn’t have got to as too hot to walk for too long, and we saw a crocodile lazing in the sun, pretty big one too. Be prepared for the trolley, it is included in the entrance fee. However, it only takes 12 or 13 people at a time and only leaves once an hour. This was not enough for the number of visitors on the day we were there. So, get to the waiting point in plenty of time. You are not allowed off the trolley enroute, so it is difficult to fully appreciate some of the trees spoken about but was still worth doing. The grounds were very green with a large manmade lake. Lots of mature trees of many varieties, it being a botanical collection. Not an awful lot of colour on our visit, a few gingers. The glass houses were ok but not wonderful. The butterfly house was a nice addition but only a couple of species. There were two good pieces of Chihuly glass too see around here and other sculptures around the grounds. The café is also near the glass houses. There was indoor and outdoor seating but you had to order and pick up the food from the kiosk outside. Overall a good visit but maybe a shame the highlight was seeing the croc, numerous lizards and several iguanas, including a very large one near the trolly stop. Some amazingly large stag horn ferns hanging from trees as well as bromeliads and other epiphytes. A good 3-4 hours especially if doing the trolley and café. It was about $27 each way by Lyft from Coral Gables.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 27, 2023
  • illinoisexplore
    204 contributions
    November Visit
    Transportation around Miami is expensive. However, you can save $5 off your admission by utilizing the eco discount and walking to the garden. The distance is about 3 miles each way from the Dadeland Mall. Not a bad walk unless it's 90 degrees outside, which it was. Once at the botanic garden, there are plenty of ways to cool off. You can go inside the lovely butterfly garden or the cafe, enjoy the intermittent shade along the paths, and enjoy the tram tour. Wildlife includes lizards, iguanas, a large crocodile, and even a snake. I would suggest taking the tram tour first so that you know exactly where the crocodile is located. Snakes, however, always take me by surprise. The garden is lovely, and visiting the garden was a pleasant way to spend a warm Tuesday in November. I saw signs all over Miami advertising that Better Bus was coming soon. I hope the Better Bus improves the Miami transportation options.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 15, 2023
  • jct263
    Annapolis, Maryland180 contributions
    Worth the trip!
    We were unexpectedly stuck in Miami for 2 days in transit because of travel woes. Visiting the Fairchild both days made us really glad for the delay. Beautiful and fascinating plants and animals. We saw 3 crocodiles as well as many different kinds of birds. Don't miss the butterflies! The 1-hour free tram tour of the 83-acre garden was really helpful to give us an overview and lots of hints of where we might want to explore on our own. Most of the people we met were volunteers, all very enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and helpful. We'd go back to Miami to visit the gardens again.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 12, 2024
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scott r
Silver Spring, MD701 contributions
Jan 2020
If being in an enclosure with hundreds of very pretty butterflies does it for you then spend the $25. But consider it carefully, because there isn't much more to recommend this garden other than the fact you can take a fairly long walking path around several small 'lakes'. The enclosed greenhouses offer nothing special, the outdoor gardens are fairly standard (If you've been to a few good ones you'll know: Huntington, Toronto, etc.) and there's a lot equipment either running or sitting about. The main attraction seems to be a tram tour - if you're over 75 anyway. Want nature in the area? Take a woods tour at the Deering, much cheaper. Want history a little bit of garden? Do Vizcaya for $3 less. Vastly (!) overpriced for what it delivers.
Written January 14, 2020
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ZenHealer7
Asheville, NC2,404 contributions
Feb 2021
The Garden is excellent all around, well laid out and olanned. However, I have removed one star due to the mercenary pricing of $25 which is totally obscene and ridiculous. It only reflects the greed of the owners. Further, any time I ask for a senior or AAA discount, it is always on a honor system and I have rarely been asked for ID. Here they asked for both. The guy at the ticket counter took it as a personal affront when he was confronted with the pricing issue. Avoid the cafe, it is totally useless.
Written February 28, 2021
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mommy057
Washington DC, DC54 contributions
Jan 2020
We have been to the Fairchild before on trips to Miami, but made the mistake of going on the Sunday of the chocolate festival in January 2020. Our interest was really in the plants and the crowds were very off-putting. Here is my plea to the Fairchild - you have a gorgeous spot and are doing very important work in study and preservation of plant species. I know the pressure to raise money is enormous, but is the extent of parking and traipsing that goes on with such an event really worth it? Vendors were running out of provisions and there were a lot of cranky people. The Fairchild is high on the list of sites I go to any time I am in town, but I would never go again during an event like this. The infrastructure just doesn't support traffic at this level, and I found myself worrying that the crowds were doing more harm than good. Perhaps it would make sense to decide on a number that the grounds and facility and vendors really can handle, and limit tickets to that number, making attendance special and something that many people would pay a little extra for?
Written February 1, 2020
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Renee B
1 contribution
Feb 2023
Waited for the hourly tram for 30 minutes along with a few others. A gaggle of aforementioned entitled Boomers saw the queue and must've said "screw that", because when the tram did arrive they barely let the departing guests off before swarming it like a locust plague, leaving everyone who had been waiting for a long time without a seat and out of luck until the NEXT hourly tram. Utterly unbelievable behavior. The volunteer docent did try feebly to ask people to give up their seats, but that just wasn't going to happen with this rude crowd (also a terrible responsibility to foist onto non-paid personnel, what the heck Fairchild?). This was 1p on a Thursday, so not even prime time. Either run more trams or find a way to have an actual line so this doesn't happen to more folks or if you can't do that, PAY the person instead of relying on the goodwill of your volunteers? There's no honor system with some of these old boomers. These gardens were supposed to be the highlight of our trip to Florida and the latest in a long string of memberships for gardens across the country; no bloody way am I giving them another dime. Regretting that I looked forward to this place.
Written February 15, 2023
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MandMCharlottesville
Charlottesville, VA57 contributions
Feb 2020
We've been members of the garden for several years, and it's always great to visit, whether for a brisk walk around the lagoon, or to wander and photograph the plants and wildlife. The "Wings of the Tropics" building is wonderful - you walk through clouds of exotic butterflies. We've seen art installations over the years, from Dale Chihuly and Clyde Butcher, among others. They also offer classes in plant husbandry and the arts through the year.
Written February 7, 2020
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YourHelpfulWendy
Miami, FL2,079 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
Beautiful, Peaceful, Unique, Lovely are one of the many adjectives I have to describe this gorgeous place. Went for the volunteer orientation as my daughter might work there. Paula the lady in charge was amazing with us as well as all the welcoming and gracious volunteers. It's beautiful how this garden is operated mostly by volunteers (over 700). Always put on repellent because mosquitos are very happy out here hahaha.
After the meeting we walked around this incredible garden, filled with plants from everywhere, with beautiful spots and perfect to take pictures. Many corporate events, weeding and specials meetings are held in here and I completely understand why.
After the walking tour we were aloud the spend the rest of the day in the garden and my daughter and I enjoyed very much the butterfly garden as well as the orchid art show they had.
Written February 11, 2020
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Nel
Brandon, FL612 contributions
Feb 2020
Beautiful gardens with a stunning butterfly House. Glasshouse cafe allows you to see into the butterfly house after you tour inside. The tram ride Guide was the highlight (included with visit) Volunteers have been doing it for years- ours sounded like a botanist. Large shaded paths and easily accessible paths.
Written April 12, 2020
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DJ59
Bath, UK71 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
The butterfly house was definitely our highlight. Wonderful enclosed space with many species of butterfly flying around so got some great photos.
The botanical gardens are pleasant but not amazing. I live in the UK so was comparing it to Kew Gardens which are world class so maybe a little unfair.
At $25 it is expensive and the cafe was ordinary so wished we’d taken a picnic
Written January 22, 2022
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John M
Salt Lake City, UT5 contributions
Jan 2021
In arranging my family trip to Miami I had come across Fairchild botanical gardens and wanted to go. I initially thought about a day pass but it was only $75 more to purchase a family and friends pass for an entire year (we will come back). The membership process was easy and when we arrived they were able to look up my profile and get our family in the gardens (took less than 5 minutes). The gardens are AWESOME! This was definitely worth the $$. The butterfly enclosure was wonderfully relaxing and the grounds are expertly cared for. It took us about 2-3 hours to see everything and I would definitely go back
Written January 29, 2021
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Gladesgirl09
Miami, FL11 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
On January 5th my husband and i went to the Night Garden at fairchild. My goodness what a sight to behold. It was so beautiful how they light up the garden with lasers and lights. At one point there is even a hologram that talks to you. For the two of us it was a very romantic ambiance. It is a family friendly place..for people of all ages. And the bonus was you get to go around the garden as many times as you'd like. This was our first time visiting the botanical garden and we can not wait to be able to visit during the day. If the Night Garden was spectacular we can only imagine how it must be during the day when all the exhibits are open.
Written January 10, 2020
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