Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156. Tel : 305.667.1651 http://www.fairchildgarden.org
One of our favourite Miami Attractions and Top Picks.
Exploring, Explaining and Conserving the World of Tropical Plants one of the world’s most unique botanical gardens. The moment you enter Fairchild you are transported to the tropics. Sweet fragrances wafting in the warm breeze will remind you of dreams of paradise. Walk under the exotic vine pergola with dozens of beautiful flowering vines including ones with sky-blue or jade-green and even candy corn-hued flowers. Visit the arboretum to discover the allspice tree with quilted leaves smelling of the warm spice. Walk along the Madagascar Spiny Forest and find yourself in a land of bizarre and beautiful plants. Stroll down the allee and spend some time at the overlook where you can see sparkling lakes and islands beyond. Find a bench and sit down to read and relax for some peaceful reflection. Explore the rainforest and find yourself along a rushing stream with surprising waterfalls and petite cascades. Look up into the canopy of towering trees and see amazing orchids, colorful vines and birds-nest anthuriums growing on the trees!
Wings of the Tropics conservatory is a world filled with strikingly colorful butterflies flying to nectar-filled flowers. There are science villages and several conservatories offering different themes to explore……Nowhere else on earth will you see these amazing plants, incredible vistas and experience the pure tropical ambiance that is Fairchild.
Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens are one of our favourite Miami Top Picks
3251 S Miami Ave, Coconut Grove, FL 33129 Tel: 305-250-9133 http://www.vizcaya.org
Vizcaya is one of our favourite places to visit on a shopping day in Miami.
You can sit on the waterfront amid fabulous classical gardens, take a picnic or buy drinks on site and just simply absorb the beauty and spectacle of this special place. With it’s Italian Renaissance-style villa complete with artworks and furnishings as a painter it’s somewhere to love. Many couples have their wedding photos taken here and easy to see why as you meander through the incredible formal gardens built in 1916 as the winter residence of industrialist James Deering. https://www.facebook.com/VizcayaMiami/
Miami Sea Aquarium
At Key Biscayne – Miami www.miamiseaquarium.com
See Sharks, Dolphins, Manatees, Sea Lions and Seals and of Course The Killer Whale show – but don’t sit near the front unless you fancy getting a complete soaking….. !
Miami Seaquarium offers a wonderful day of family fun, Exciting shows, great exhibits and enjoyable, educational presentations in beautifully landscaped parkland overlooking Biscayne Bay.
At 14805 Southwest 216th St. Miami Tel : 305 235-1611 www.monkeyjungle.com
Where Humans Are Caged and Monkeys Run Wild!
Themed areas include an Aviary, Primates, Amazonian Rainforest, Hanging with Orangs, Wild Monkey Swimming Pool, & Archaeological Discoveries
Miami Metro Zoo
2400 SW 152nd St Miami, FL 33177 Tel : 305 251 0400 http://www.miamimetrozoo.com
Following a recent re-build there are superb exhibits and facilities including monorail transits between the wide ranging animal environments. Metro Zoo also now offers really innovative interactive programmes such as Horse Trainer for the day, Zookeeper for the day, Painting Classes, Overnight in the Zoo. So take a look at some of the different activities on offer that bring a new dimension…..
Located at 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, off 395, between downtown Miami and South Beach.
Among the residents you can meet are ; Hanna & Jake the Orang Utan’s. Watson the White-handed Gibbon, Ray & Boomer the Mackaws – along with a host of chums (Buy some sunflower seeds prior to your trip as those for sale in the park are expensive)….
There’s also Godzilla and a Liger to meet (no that’s not a mis-type…) and a Japanese garden to explore. www.parrotjungle.com