The voters have spoken: Miami’s garden is the biggest.
The USA Today 10Best travel guide asked experts and readers to identify the best attractions in North America, and the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden was voted one of the best attractions in North America.
The 83-acre Coral Gables Garden won in the Best Botanical Garden category, beating similar attractions in Cincinnati, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, California, Arizona and elsewhere.
“Coral Gables’ warm climate makes it possible to grow tropical plants outdoors year-round at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, one of the only places in the continental United States where this is possible. Exotic butterflies fly freely in the Wings of the Tropics conservatory, while the Rare Plant House showcases 450 species of rare and endangered tropical plants from around the world.
The garden, which was established in 1938, is also well known for its rotating exhibits, such as Sean Kenney’s current Nature Connects, which features 30 giant Lego brick sculptures, and special events, such as the annual Mango Festival, which takes place on July 9 and 10 and celebrates all things mango. One Thursday a month, the garden hosts a Sip & Stroll night with live music, specialty cocktails and food (the next Sip & Stroll will be on June 9).
“We are very proud to be, once again, named the best botanical garden in North America,” said Nannette Zapata, Chief Operating Officer of Fairchild. “The support of our members, scientists, countless volunteers and friends, whom we call the Fairchild family, reinforces the important work we do, the beauty of our plant collections and the joy of being the garden of Miami. “We sincerely thank the USA Today editorial team for our nomination and everyone who voted. The fact that we are now back-to-back winners tastes as sweet as our delicious mangoes!”
A few other Florida attractions have been mentioned in the top 10 list. Lion Country Safari in Loxahatchee was voted #5 on the Best Safari Parks list, while the Florida Aquarium in Tampa was named #3 on the Best Aquariums list.
Melbourne’s Brevard Zoo was voted No. 4 on the Best Zoos list, while “Land of the Tiger” at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens was named No. 5 in the Best Zoo Exhibit category.
Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden
Where: 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily
Tickets: Adults $24.95; seniors $17.95; students (with ID) $15.95; children 6-17 $11.95; 5 and under and free for members.
More information: fairchildgarden.org
This story was originally published June 6, 2022 06:00.