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“Gorgeous in Every Way”

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
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$342.00*
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Miami, FL
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Gorgeous in Every Way”
Reviewed August 22, 2013

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.

Visited July 2013
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Miami, Florida
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47 reviews
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“Botanic oasis in Miami”
Reviewed August 16, 2013 via mobile

The Fairchild is a must see for anyone who loves plants and flowers. We went on a discount day and paid $7.50 each. The gardens are very large and offer hours of adventure. We were there for five hours. Make sure to bring a hat and a camera with a good zoom. During the summer, the heat can be quite exhausting. Luckily, there are cold water jugs stationed around the garden to keep you hydrated.

Visited August 2013
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Kaneohe, Hawaii
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“A real gem”
Reviewed August 14, 2013

Wow, this was so much nicer than I expected. Plus by going early in the day not only did I beat the heat, I had practically the whole place to myself. Feels like you are visiting some very wealthy baron's estate with exquisite tropical landscaping. The tram tour was a must and the volunteer guide/driver was first class. I might want to arrange for a private guide the next time though because I didn't find the pamphlets to be of much use in finding the particular plants that I wanted to see, but was still anything from disappointed. Look forward to visiting again.

Visited August 2013
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Miami, Florida
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151 reviews
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“A must see for locals and visitors”
Reviewed August 11, 2013

Fairchild Botanical Gardens is a wonderful place to spend a few hours or an entire day. The lush, tropical gardens, the new butterfly pavillion, the tram ride, art work displays, and the fresh fruit drink stand are just a few of the sites you can enjoy. Admission is pricey and it can cost a family of four at least $100.00 just to enter but if you like botanical gardens it is worth it.

Visited August 2013
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Paris, Ile-de-France, France
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“A magic place for the entire family!”
Reviewed August 11, 2013

This is by far one of the best botanic garden I've ever been. It's the ideal place to learn and enjoy. The Butterfly observatory is the most magic place I've ever been to. My husband and I enjoyed like kids seeing butterflies and hummingbirds flying around. There are also little cafés where you can enjoy delicious natural fruit juices! If you go to Miami, this is a MUST!

Visited January 2013
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