Kiddos Places – Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

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Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden features 83 acres of tropical beauty for families to explore

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Nestled in Coral Gables along Old Cutler Road, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden has been dedicated to exploring, explaining, and conserving the world of tropical plants since it opened to the public in 1938. It is the largest tropical botanic garden in the continental U.S. and offers plenty of activities for families to enjoy year-round.

In its 83 acres, Fairchild features the Wings of the Tropics exotic butterfly exhibit, Palmetum, Rainforest, Arboretum, Edible Garden, Spiny Forest of Madagascar, and Amazon water lily pools, among other plant displays and collections. Large festivals are held every year, including the popular International Chocolate Festival in January and International Mango Festival in July. The Art at Fairchild program features new and unique art and design exhibitions displayed throughout the Garden every December to May.

Many programs are offered to enrich environmental education for students in the community and beyond. The Explorer, Discovery, and Homeschool Programs bring students to Fairchild for hands-on field trips to learn about South Florida’s ecosystems. Kids can spend their summer outdoors conducting science experiments, creating garden crafts, and playing nature games at the Junior Naturalist Summer Camp. The Fairchild Challenge is a dynamic outreach program for elementary, middle, and high school students designed around challenges like fashion shows, poetry, artwork, gardening, and musical performances with botanical themes. With these unique programs, Fairchild aims to inspire a greater knowledge and love for plants and gardening so all children and families can enjoy the beauty and bounty of the tropical world.

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL. For more information, please visit www.fairchildgarden.org or call 305-667-1651.