PINECREST GARDENS

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In the 1930s, Austrian born Franz Scherr envisioned building an attraction where birds would "fly free". He rented twenty acres of hammock land for $25.00 per year and started developing the tourist attraction that would become Parrot Jungle. A winding nature trail was dug through the coral rock and hammock land, leaving the natural flora untouched. An entrance building was built on Red Road. On December 20, 1936, about 100 curious visitors paid 25 cents admission to see and hear Scherr describe his birds, trees and flowers. Since 1936, Parrot Jungle attracted over a million visitors, including Sir Winston Churchill, and became a world-famous tourist attraction. The attraction moved to Miami's Watson Island in 2002. On December 17, 2002, the Village of Pinecrest completed the purchase of the Parrot Jungle property and began the transition towards developing the site as Pinecrest Gardens. Pinecrest Gardens was dedicated by the Village Council on March 8, 2003 and was officially opened as a municipal park.

It has taken more than a half-century for Pinecrest Gardens to evolve into the lush oasis of towering banyans, natural streams, and panoramic landscapes that can inspire awe among its visitors. The park's Botanical Gardens offer some of the most beautiful and rare plants from around the world. Here you can enjoy Florida's wide variety of fauna such as turtles and huge iguanas at beautiful Swan Lake. The Village of Pinecrest welcomes all residents and visitors to drop life’s pressures at the entrance to this historic park and take a stroll through paradise.

One of the newer attractions in Pinecrest Gardens is the Splash N' Play, a miniature water park. The Splash 'N Play includes several water features for the enjoyment of children ages 2 - 12


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Hours of Operation
During Fall & Winter
Monday through Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

During Spring & Summer
Monday through Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Entrance fees
General Admission (Includes Splash 'N Play): $5.00
Seniors (65 & Over): $3.00.

Parking
Free parking

Bus/Metrorail services
C (103) From 41st. Street, Miami Beach via Collins and Washington Avenue to Miami Downtown Government Center. Every 20 mins.
S (119) From Sunny Isles Beach, North and South Beach via Collins Ave to Miami Downtown Government Center. Every 15 mins.

If you plan on travelling a lot by local public transportation you may find it easier and more economic to purchase a US$ 5.00 single-day or a US$ 28.00 seven-day transit pass (called EASY Card).

At Miami Downtown Government Center ascend to the Metrorail station using your Easy Ticket.Take the southbound train and alight at South Miami Station, which is the sixth stop.

Descend to street level and take the No. 57 bus in the southbound direction. Runs once an hour. Alight at the corner of Red Road and 111th. Street.

Driving Directions
From the North
Take I-95 South to the end, which becomes US 1. Continue south 5.6 miles and turn left at SW 57th Avenue (Red Road). Continue south 2.6 miles to SW 111th. Street, and then turn right. Pinecrest Gardens is on your right.

From the South
Take US 1 North and turn right onto SW 112th Street (Killian Drive). At 2.5 miles the gardens are on your left before the Red Road junction.

Address and Contacts:
Pinecrest Gardens
11000 Red Road,
Pinecrest, Florida 33156
Phone: 305.284.0900 Fax: 305.284.0911
e-mail: gardens@pinecrest-fl.gov

Link to Pinecrest Gardens

Pinecrest Entrance

Swan Lake
Entrance to Gardens
Botanical Gardens

Swan Lake

Banyan Trees
Swan Lake
Banyan Trees