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“Wondeful Tour.”
Review of Fruit & Spice Park

Fruit & Spice Park
Ranked #3 of 37 things to do in Homestead
Certificate of Excellence
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Ottawa, Kansas
Level 6 Contributor
161 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Wondeful Tour.”
Reviewed November 13, 2012

If you stop here make sure you take the hour tour. We were fortunate to have Roger as our tour guide. Learned so much from him about the many fruit trees and bushes growing in the park.

Visited November 2012
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Tavernier, FL
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111 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Very interesting and unique park”
Reviewed October 25, 2012

We spent and afternoon walking this fascinating park looking at the multitude of fruit tree and learning a lot about them. A good experience for those interested in fruit and horticulture. We will go back.

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Miami, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Beautiful and Delicious”
Reviewed October 10, 2012

We were told upon entering that we could taste anything as long as it was on the ground. This made the whole trip much more interesting. We walked through the gardens in no particular order and saw lots of interesting plants and fruits. There were also plenty of wildlife lizards and frogs. We gladly spent several hours wandering around looking for all the names of the plants.

Afterwards there is a Cafe (Mango Cafe) attached that makes great sandwiches (lobster roll is great) and key lime pie.

This was our favorite part of the day, since we went to a few other attractions in the area on the same day.

Visited October 2012
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Jupiter, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Great way to spend and afternoon”
Reviewed September 16, 2012

We toured 4 stops of the "Historic Redland Tropical Trail"/Homestead and have graded them as follows:
Bonsai Garden - D (free to tour)
Fruit and Spice Park - A ($8 pre person includes tram tour)
R.F. Orchids - A (free to tour)
Schnebly Winery - D ($7 for "tour", $10 for tasting)

This was a great find and the highlight of our day! To get to this area you drive through dense orchards of tropical fruits and road side vendors. The area is dotted with luxury homes and simple worker's residences. The park has adequate parking with some shade. You enter through a gift shop and approach the attended counter with an array of picked and cut tropical fruit for free tasting, all from the park. You can eat anything within the park that you recognize that has fallen off the trees. But, you are not supposed to pick off the trees or take out of the park. There is plenty of ripe fruit practically falling into your hands. Jackfruit galore, star fruit was in season and well and a few sugar apples. Sadly, no longun or lychee at this time of year.

The fee is $7 to walk the 37 acres, which feel much larger. There is a map available and the trees are sectioned for the different areas of the world origin. It is always hot - but was not buggy. No mosquito bites! Plan to spend at least 2 hours. Clean bathrooms near the picnic area that were air conditioned. Although we did not go in - there is a cafe on the property.

This is a Miami-Dade county park and feel maintained. A must see!

Guided tours are conducted everyday at 11am, 1:30pm and 3pm. Special tours can be arranged at convenient times for schools, clubs, and any special interest groups, from preschoolers to golden years groups.

Park admission:
is $8.00 per adult, $2.00 per child 6- 11, and children under 6 are free. Picnic facilities are available.

Open 7 days a week, Hours are from 9am to 5pm. Except Christmas.
Miami-Dade parks provides quality and diverse cultural and recreational experiences for persons with disabilities.

Visited September 2012
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Stamford, Connecticut
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Very cool place to wander and sample”
Reviewed September 12, 2012

We arrived at the Park just after 9am. During our visit we only ran into two other visitors, so it was pretty cool to have the park to ourselves. We sampled a few fruits in the visitor's center/entrance (an old one room school house from the early 1900's!) and set out on our own.

Though it was hot and humid, we had a great time searching for "downed" fruits; we found lots of fresh bananas, star fruit, coconuts, a sugar apple, cherimoya, papayas (sadly, not ripe), and some others I can't remember. And this was before we went back to the visitors center!

Next time I'd bring a small knife, lots of water, some dish towels and a hat. This is definitely somewhere we'll return to in the future.

Visited September 2012
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