A popular tourist destination, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden blossoms from the charming Mediterranean-style city of Coral Gables, just 10 miles south of Miami. One of the world’s largest botanic gardens, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden showcases over 83 acres of tropical plant life, including lush palms, flowering trees and cycads. The garden is a leader in international tropical plant research and strives to preserve tropical plants by cultivating public affection for them.
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden offers an array of interesting sights and activities. The beautiful coral rock Visitor Center houses The Shop at Fairchild, a gift and garden boutique featuring a large selection of unique gifts, souvenirs and botanical reference books. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden invites quiet strolls and thoughtful meditation. The garden also conducts several tours, lead by knowledgeable and interesting volunteers. Open-air tram tours introduce patrons to the world of tropical plants. Guided walking tours explore a variety of botanical topics, including Fairchild’s National Palm Collection. Highlights at the garden include a 2-acre rainforest collection, a tropical fruit pavilion, a seasonal butterfly walk and an area dedicated to Caribbean plant life.
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden caters to a variety of palates. Garden Café and Plaza Café serve light fare, such as sandwiches and hamburgers. An elegant venue, Veranda Restaurant features a wine list and tapas bar on select evenings. Veranda Restaurant also serves elegant teas, complete with gourmet pastries, on specified afternoons.
Hotels near Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden are plentiful. Within three miles, Hampton Inn Miami Dadeland, Best Western South Miami and Marriott Miami Dadeland offer comfortable accommodations. Other nearby hotels include Courtyard By Marriott Miami Dadeland and Ramada Limited South Miami.