South Florida is known for its beautiful beaches but we’ve got several gorgeous gardens that are worth a visit. Some are free and open to the public, while the larger ones charge admission.
Vizcaya Museum and Garden
3251 South Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33129
Built by agricultural industrialist James Deering in 1916, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens features a Main House, ten acres of formal gardens, and a rockland hammock. The gardens are said to be among the most grand and beautiful you will ever see.
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
10901 Old Cutler Road
Coral Gables, FL 33156
Fairchild has the world’s greatest living collection of palms, and works constantly to teach children and other visitors about these plants. This garden is dedicated to explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants. They offer many events throughout the year, including Afternoon Teas, Brunches, and Festivals.
Miami Beach Botanical Garden
2000 Convention Center Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Miami Beach Botanical Garden, a 2.6 urban greenspace at the heart of South Beach, was transformed in 2011 with a $1.2 Million landscape renovation designed by South Florida landscape architect Raymond Jungles. The new landscape showcases Florida native plants and trees, significant new water gardens, cascading fountains and a wetland with mangrove and pond apple trees, an expanded Great Lawn for corporate and social events, a welcoming entrance and event plaza, and enhanced lighting and pathways. The Garden offers free admission and is open Tuesday to Sunday from 9AM to 5PM.
11000 Southwest 57th Avenue
Located on the former site of Parrot Jungle, Pinecrest Gardens features huge banyan trees and lush vegetation. Play areas include a large and shady playground, petting zoo, butterfly exhibit, and the Splash ‘n Play water area open to children ages 2-12. Many stone tables are located throughout the park where you can have a quiet picnic lunch.
4000 Crandon Boulevard
Key Biscayne, FL
Crandon Gardens, hidden away in Key Biscayne’s Crandon Park, is the former site of MetroZoo. It’s made up of over 200 acres of lush vegetation and lakes. This area grew wild after the zoo moved away, but has since been manicured and renovated to perfection. There’s a large variety of birds living there like peacocks, geese, ibises, turkeys, herons, swans, and many more. There are also lakes with fountains, and swinging benches as well.