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Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

One of the world's preeminent botanic gardens,with extensive collections of rare tropical plants including palms, cycads, flowering trees, tropical fruit trees, vines, and succulents.

The estate gets its name from one of the most famous plant explorers in history, David Fairchild (1869-1954), who was known for traveling the world in search of useful plants, as well as being an educator and a renowned scientist. At the age of 22, he created the Section of Foreign Seed and Plant Introduction of the United States Department of Agriculture, and for the next 37 years, he traveled the world in search of plants of potential use to the American people. He visited every continent in the world (except Antarctica) and brought back hundreds of important plants, including mangos, alfalfa, nectarines, dates, cotton, bamboos and the flowering cherry trees that grace Washington D.C.

Dr. Fairchild retired to Miami in 1935 and joined a group of passionate plant collectors and growers who worked tirelessly to bring the idea of a one of a kind botanic garden to life, and in 1938, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden opened its 83 acres to the public for the first time. The garden is now among the region's most popular visitor attractions and offers tours along with a variety of programs in environmental education, conservation and horticulture. An international leader in tropical plant conservation, it plays an important part in preserving the biodiversity of the tropical environment.

Walking the grounds will introduce you to a large variety of tropical plants with their amazing array of sizes and shapes. The estate includes many collections and displays such as the tropical flower plantation, spiny forest of Madagascar, rainforest, vine pergola, Victoria amazonica pool, butterfly grove, palmetum, tropical fruit pavilion, conservatory, Bailey Palm Glade, Jewels of the Caribbean, and the Keys Coastal Habitat. All of these are brought together in a unified design that flows from one area to another.

Please allow two hours or more if you plan to walk the entire estate. Be aware that it can be hot and humid in the summer months. Benches can be found along all the paths for moments of rest and enjoyment.

Tram Tours: Year-round, narrated, open-air tram tours start on the hour beginning at 10:00 a.m. The last tour departs at 3:00 p.m. on weekdays and 4:00 p.m. on weekends. Tours last approximately forty-five minutes. This tour is included in your admission and there is no additional charge.

Tours are led by trained volunteers and offer an enjoyable introduction to the landscape, plant collections and mission. The tours give an excellent overview of the garden, after which you can explore on your own.

Hours of Operation:
Garden hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The garden is closed on Christmas Day, 25th. December.

Entrance Fees:
US$ 25.00 Adults
US$ 18.00 Seniors (65 and over)
US$ 12.00 Children (6 to 17)
Free ........ Children 5 and under
Always check the website for discount coupons up to US$ 5.00.

Bus/Metrorail services:
136 Limited Miami-Dade Transit bus service is available from the Douglas Road Metrorail Station to the garden in the morning and from the garden in afternoon.
Weekday Southbound Schedule 8:10 a.m.; 9:00 a.m.
Weekday Northbound Schedule 1:40 p.m.; 2.30 p.m.; 3:40 p.m.; 4:20 p.m.; 5:10 p.m.
Bus stop is located between the South Garden Entrance and the Visitor Entrance on Old Cutler Road.
Trip from Douglas Road Metrorail Station to the garden takes approximately 20 minutes.

Driving Directions:
From the North and Miami Beach
Take I-95 south to US 1 (S. Dixie Hwy.) Go south on US 1 to SW 42nd Ave. (LeJeune Rd.). Turn left on SW 42nd Ave., and drive south to roundabout. Enter roundabout and take 2nd right onto Old Cutler Rd. Drive 2 miles on Old Cutler Road. Fairchild entrance will be on your left.

From the South and the Florida Keys.
Take US 1 (S. Dixie Hwy.) north to SW 152 Street (Coral Reef Drive). Turn right, heading east on 152 Street to Old Cutler Road. Turn left onto Old Cutler Road heading north. Drive past SW 120 Street and to the intersection of SW 57 Avenue (Red Rd.) and Old Cutler Road. Turn right on to Old Cutler Road and continue north for one mile. Fairchild entrance will be on your right.

Location and contact.
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
10901 Old Cutler Road
Coral Gables, FL 33156 USA
Telephone: 305.667.1651
Visitor Services: Julie Dow - jdow@fairchildgarden.org

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
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Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
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