Miami’s paradise of tropical plants, Fairchild Tropical Garden, normally charges $25 adult admission. But during August, Sundays are free.
The garden, which includes a rainforest and unusual and exotic plants from around the world, is also free the first Wednesday of the month through November. So mark your calendar for these remaining free days:
- Sunday, Aug. 19
- Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012
- Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012
- Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012
- Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012
Although August is a steamy time to visit, there is a lot of shade, dozens of plants are blooming and the free Sundays include plant sales and a free yoga class at 11 a.m.
Garden hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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.