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“Lovely, beautiful tropical gardens”

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
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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.
Reviewed September 8, 2009

If you like gardens, nature, flowers, trees, and taking a walk surrounded by all of these things, then Fairchild is the place for you. I come here several times a year and I'm always impressed at how lush and beautiful the gardens are. There are some ponds filled with some fish and turtles. There are some lily ponds. If you are a photographer, this is a great place to take photographs. I like to take some watercolors and do a little painting, or, if I'm lazy, just take good book, find a bench, and spend a few relaxing hours. It is a little off the beaten path, but it is next to Matheson Hammock Park Beach, which is also lovely and there is a nice, romantic restaurant inside Matheson Hammock called Red Fish so if you are a tourist you could combine all three to make a romantic, relaxing, memorable day.

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Reviewed May 11, 2009

This is the place to come to see your tropical plants. They have a 45 minute tram tour that gives you an overview of the garden. The cafe served delicious sandwiches. The walk through the tropical forest was serene. We planned on spending a couple hours in the garden and made a day of it. Just a beautiful place.

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Reviewed April 25, 2009

This is a lovely way to spend some time away from the busy Miami downtown. A little difficult (but possible) to get to by city bus, it is worth the extra effort to drive or get a cab here. The gardens are quiet and lovely and feature some more exotic species than the average tourist is used to encountering. You can take the tram tour (recommended) or walk around and see wildlife like herons and giant orange iguanas roaming the grounds. (We initially mistook them for orange tabby cats until we got closer)! Another reason to go here if you like glass work is the Dale Chihuly sculptures which are amazing. During the tour, the tour guide said that CSI-Miami has shot some footage here and it is very photogenic. The on-site cafe is surprisingly decent with some items made from scratch. Even the gift shop has some really reasonable and cute glass items and, of course, lots of books and materials about gardening. It is a little on the pricey side for admission but we got a deal on the Florida tourism auction site which worked out well for us. We thought it was definitely worth the money.

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Reviewed July 17, 2008

The English who read this review, and many do, will understand the reference to Wisley, the preeminent gardens in England to which we belonged for decades before good sense brought us to live in Florida to escape the crowds , the gray, and the taxes. We did not know Florida had such gardening beauty. Huge estate with wide variety of trees, flowers, plants, flowers, wildlife, and lakes. Overdone on the save the planet every plant is endangered approach, and the World is millions of years old theories but still worth taking free tram ride included in high entrance price-you get to see a lot quickly, and can then wander at will. We shall come again but out of mosquito season as out deet did not deter their mosies. A real treat, south of Miami. On way in you drive past some stylish homes showing there is some taste still.

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Reviewed March 24, 2008

Fairchild Garden is a must see for plant lovers. Plan to spend the whole day there, bring plenty of water and wear comfortable walking shoes. You’ll be blown away by the size of this place and by the variety of specimens. It’s absolutely a gardener’s paradise and well worth the admission price.

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