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Parks

Chekika Day Use Area
Crandon Park Beach
E.G. Sewell Memorial Park
Gardens of Crandon Park
Larry and Penny Thompson Memorial Park
Legion Memorial Park
Maurice Gibb Memorial Park (Island View Park)
Pinecrest Gardens

Attractions

Charles Deering Estate
Coral Castle
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Fruit and Spice Park
Historic Coral Gables Venetian Pool
Miami Children's Museum
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
Zoo Miami (formerly MetroZoo)

Boating & Fishing

E.G. Sewell Memorial Park
Legion Memorial Park
Maurice Gibb Memorial Park (Island View Park)

Pinecrest Gardens

Pinecrest Gardens

I honestly can't believe that I haven't written about Pinecrest Gardens before! I was there many times when it was Parrot Jungle (founded in 1936!), and the gardens themselves were just as interesting as the birds. Parrot Jungle (now Jungle Island) moved to an Watson Island on the MacArthur Causeway in 2002, leaving the historic gardens behind. The property was soon purchased by the Village of Pinecrest, and turned into a public park. The grounds of Pinecrest Gardens are truly amazing, with varied and beautiful plants all around the nature paths carved through the original coral. Solution holes filled with water and fish are scattered throughout the park. The trees and plants are native and astounding. There are still remnants of the old Parrot Jungle, and that's part of the fun, trying to remember what animals and birds were housed where. Also, there are now signs at some chosen sites, with QR codes to scan for an audio description of the area. Originally, admission to the gardens was free of charge, and there were no amenities aside from restrooms. Now, there is a splash park for the kids, a petting zoo (wasn't real impressed with the condition of the animals, sadly), and snack stands. I'll be honest, I preferred it when it was still just a plain botanic garden, but I do understand the need to attract guests. A visit won't take a full day, but it's definitely worth a stop if you're in the area - we went after visiting Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. There was a farmer's market happening in the parking lot on the day we visited - it's a weekly Sunday event - and there are other events and entertainment throughout the year. Pinecrest Gardens is open from 10AM to 5PM Monday through Friday, and 9AM to 5PM on weekends, with hours extended until 6PM during the spring and summer. General admission is $5, seniors get in for $3, and members of the military visit free. (Pinecrest Gardens continued)

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Pinecrest Gardens (Miami)
I honestly can't believe that I haven't written about Pinecrest Gardens before! I was there many times when it was Parrot Jungle (founded in 1936!), and the gar...
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (Miami)
2016 Update It's been at least 15 years since I was last at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, and the majesty and beauty of the place have only grown...
Chekika Day Use Area (Miami)
Late in March, on our way to another portion of Everglades National Park, my husband and I stopped off at Chekika Day Use Area. We'd been wanting to visit for ...
Coral Castle (Homestead)
Legend has it that unrequited love drove Edward Leedskalnin to create this masterpiece of coral for his beloved Sweet Sixteen. Stone chairs and tables, buildin...
Legion Memorial Park (Miami)
My main reason for visiting Legion Park in Miami was to use the boat ramp. It has been reported to be slippery, but my companion rated it as the LEAST slippery...
Coral Gables Waterway (Miami)
Real estate developer George Merrick planned and built Coral Gables, one of the first planned communities in the United States. The Coral Gables Waterway led f...
Charles Deering Estate (Miami)
Amid 440 acres on the Atlantic Coastal Ridge lies the Charles Deering Estate. Located on the property are two historic buildings, the main house (built by the R...
Crandon Park Beach (Miami)
Sitting on the edge of the huge Crandon Park is Crandon Park Beach. The beach stretches for two miles, and is frequently named one of the best beaches in the c...
Fruit and Spice Park (Homestead)
The Fruit and Spice Park in Homestead (near Miami) is one-of-a-kind in the US! This 35-acre park features more than 500 rare and exotic nuts, spices, herbs, an...
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens (Miami)
Take a trip back in time when you visit Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. Built in 1916, this magnificent coquina castle features early 20th century furnishings and ...

 


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