Even if you're not into "plants" - you'll love Fairchild. To call it beautiful is really an understatement as these spectacular manicured gardens are a living museum. Baobob trees from Africa, rare orchids, unique desert catci, and a visual artistry to the way the gardens are arranged make this place a huge departure from the rest of Miami.
But that's just the setting - Fairchild also has some amazing exhibits - from botanical labs and greenhouses to an all-new butterfly observatory (with viewable hatchery/incubator). And on an almost weekly basis there are special events and exhibits - honey and honeybees, art in the garden (Dave Chihuly glass is a recurring exhibit), mango festival, outdoor concert series, and more happen throughout the year.
There's even things for kids to do (especially during festivals), but even just touring the gardens, kids get a "bingo" map for spotting bugs, plants, and flowers; volunteers and staff will stop and do "teachable moments" for anything you can think of, and the cafe has popsicles and kid-friendly meals and treats. Actually - everything at the cafe is delicious - and very fresh (and eco packaged/served).
You can walk the trails and explore, or you can take the tram tour that features a knowledgeable guide on the microphone. Not a lot of AC - except the glass house cafe, but it's SO pleasant there October-June you really won't notice. Parking is free, outdoor food and drink (within reason - no coolers) are allowed. And membership usually allows free entry for family/friends/guests.
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