For many tourists, Miami is associated with the fashionable seaside resort: the ocean, the yachts, famous rappers and their supermodels, expensive hotels and restaurants with a strict dress code. In many respects, this is true, but Miami is also known for its unique nature, parks and green areas, where any tourist can spend an excellent vacation. After visiting them, you are guaranteed to discover the capital of Florida from the new side, because there really is something to see, especially if you rent a car from Enterprise at the airport. Personal transport will greatly increase your chances for a stunning vacation, but don’t forget that under 21 car rental in Miami is not available.
So, what natural sights of Miami are worth traveling to?
The Barnacle Historic State Park
The Barnacle Historic State Park is perfect for a walk and picnic in in the open air. The park houses the mansion of Ralph Munro, the yacht designer and founder of Coconut Grove, in which Barnacle is located. Thanks to the respect for the nature of the owner of the estate, you can watch the birds in the park. What’s more, the number of the birds is much greater than in other parks of Miami. Munro House is a one-story building erected in the 19thcentury -this is the oldest house in Miami-Dade.
(photo by Fernando Knebel)
The cost of entry to the park is $2, while children under 6 years old are free of charge. The park is open from Wednesday to Monday from 9am till 5pm. A visit to the mansion is possible only in organized groups from Friday to Monday, or by appointment on Wednesday and Thursday. On Tuesdays the park is closed. A ticket to the mansion costs $3 for adults and $1 for children 6-12 years old.
Address: 3485 Main Hwy, Miami
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden covers the area of 34 hectares and boasts of an extensive collection of tropical plants, including palm trees, orchids, coral trees, rare species of flowers and plants. One of them is the blooming amorphophallus – the largest flower in the world, which blooms only 72 hours 3-4 times in a lifetime. In addition, on the territory of the botanical garden you’ll find a waterfall, lakes, and the whole water garden. You can drive through the garden with a tram tour.
(photo by Jean-Christophe Veilleux)
Also, visitors can admire exotic butterflies while feeding them. The show is called “Wings of the Tropics” and takes place in the greenhouse of the Clinton family. The Botanical Garden was founded by R. Montgomery and named after his friend, Dr. Fairchild, through whose journeys the collection of the garden was enriched with rare plant species, and some of them were first brought to the United States. Ticket price is $25 for adults, $12 for children from 2-12 years old. Opening hours: daily from 9.30am till 4.30pm.
Address: 10901 Old Cutler Rd, Coral Gables