Miami’s paradise of tropical plants, Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden, is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2013 with discounted admission on Sundays in August.
Fairchild, which features a rain forest and exotic plants from around the world, normally charges $25 adult admission, $18 for seniors and $12 for children ages 6 to 17. But during August 2013, Sundays are only $7.50 for everyone.
Although August is a steamy time to visit, there is a lot of shade, dozens of plants are blooming.
Garden hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Admission to Fairchild includes all of the garden exhibits, a narrated tram tour and walking tours, when available and weather permitting. Admission tickets are sold at the entrance every day the garden is open.
The new “Wings of the Tropics” exhibit features three thousand butterflies from around the world. Thousands of exotic heliconids, morphos and owl butterflies from Central America, South America and Asia will be performing aerial displays for visitors. As many as 40 different species will be featured at any one time.
Also visit Fairchild’s Edible Garden and discover easy-to-grow vegetables and herbs, as well as the best selections of tropical fruit for your home garden.
For more information about the garden, as well as scheduled events and exhibits, go to http://www.fairchildgarden.org/
Other things to do nearby
While visiting Fairchild, you’re close to these two classic Miami places:
- The historic and lovely Coral Gables Venetian Pool. The pool was created in 1923 from a coral rock quarry, where much of the original coral rock was used to border and further accentuate the pool. It has two large historic lookout towers, two waterfalls and cave-like grottos. The 820,000 gallon pool is fed with spring water from an underground aquifer and is filled and drained daily. Admission is $11 for adults; $6.30 for kids who are nor Coral Gables residents. The pool is on the National Register of Historic Places.
- Matheson Hammock Park, a local treasure, which has a fabulous view of Miami’s skyline, a man-made atoll pool for swimming, plenty of shade and a marina. Inside the park is Red Fish Grill, a seafood restaurant built into an historic coral rock building.