5 based on 1 reviews
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is among the world's best tropical botanic gardens. Here you will find internationally renowned collections of cycads, flowering trees, tropical fruits, vines, aroids and endangered species, which provide a living laboratory for scientists, and the opportunity of discovery for everyone. In addition, Fairchild has the largest palm collection in the U.S. and is also the keeper of the National Palm Collection as designated by the American Public Gardens Associations. With its beautiful paths, vistas and outstanding horticultural displays, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden provides every visitor with an unforgettable experience.
All though this is more a garden than a genuine botanical garden (most of the trees and plants did have labels so referring to botanical garden makes sense) the place is really nice and beautiful, quite large also. It has several large ponds and different sections (mangrove, madagaskar, tropical etc) and nice, easy walk around them. We also saw several huge iguanas wondering around, which is quite exotic for us coming from Northern Europe.
They offer guided tours as well, even in a small tram (I believe its called) which is very useful and nice for elderly people. We walked around the whole garden with a good map and instructions given at the entrance.
Garden has also small greenhouses and a butterfly house with hundreds of different kinds of butterflies flying around you. Very beautiful!
4 based on 89 reviews
This is a very nice looking mall but unfortunately over time has deteriorated and never took off. Originally it was a hub of activity for the neighborhood but had various problems and turn-over of stores. The parking is dark and somewhat not friendly therefore it has been a cause of some of the issues. The original Virgin Records store drew customers and activity during their time but once closed the place has been mostly empty with various tries by stores that have eventually failed at the location. Perhaps not having a proper entry from Red Road has also impacted it negatively. Restaurants and bars have come and go so the lack of consistency has been detrimental. Only the LA Fitness and Cinemas seem to have been there for a long time as well as some stores such as Barnes and Noble but the activity and atmosphere has never been the same. There are rumors that the new owners will re-do the facility and hopefully address the issues mentioned. Hope so as the local residents can highly benefit of a great place to visit close by. With its closeness to Coral Gables, South Miami and Pinecrest, if done properly, it should succeed.
4.5 based on 202 reviews
Hoping to visit before any rain came (we succeeded) we visited first thing in the morning and had a great time walking the trails and viewing all the various botanics. Once Parrot Jungle, I was trying to recall any childhood memories but could not. There were a few areas closed and the buildings at the entrance were all under renovation. We were not offered a map of the facility until we were about to leave. I don't think we really needed a map and believe we covered all the grounds that were opened that particular day. You may want to bring some mosquito repellent as there were a fair amount of mosquitoes in the more closed in tropical area. All in all a nice visit. Concession prices were reasonable by the way.
4.5 based on 11 reviews
I visited Coral Reef Park today and was very impressed. Surrounded on all sides by residential neighborhoods, this green space is a treasure. This park has free admission and parking and is a huge multi-activity facility. There is a playground, lots of spacious fields for soccer, baseball, and football, as well as tennis and volleyball courts. There are walking paths with exercise equipment, and an area to launch canoes or kayaks. My favorite is the nature trail which starts through a beautiful preserved pineland forest and goes past a canal and over a bridge toward the end. This wild oasis is a haven for both native and exotic wildlife. As I walked the trail I observed animals such as butterflies (including the endangered Florida Atala), stinkbugs, spiders (golden silk & silver argiope), gray squirrels, & a few stray domestic cats, as well as an amazing variety of birds (blue jays, hawks, sparrows, mockingbirds, muscovy ducks, crested ducks, Asian Geese, Egyptian Geese, Mallard ducks, and white ibis) This is my favorite local park and I would highly recommend it to anyone.
5 based on 85 reviews
Are you interested in catching your first peacock bass? Your biggest ever? First on the fly? Here at Miami Peacock Adventures, we help people turn their dreams into reality on a daily occasion. We have landed multiple peacock bass up to 10 pounds and hold the IGFA world record for Popoca Peacock Bass. Come down and catch a trophy of your own!
We had an amazing trip with Captain Scott Rose. We caught over 50 Peacocks and 5 other species of fish. Our Capt. Was extremely knowledgeable about fishing and other aquatic wildlife.
He was an awesome teacher and very patient. We did both Fly and Spin. Scott also knows a lot about fishing in Alaska and S. America.
He plans special trip to these locations. Most importantly he is friendly, a good listener, on time and you will have a ton of fun!
This was our first trip with Capt. Scott Rose. I’m sure we will be fishing with him again.
4.5 based on 335 reviews
This is a great shopping g area. There is a wide variety of retail stores in a very beautiful setting. They also have a number of restaurants with outdoor seating so a good place to shop and have lunch.
4.5 based on 30 reviews
Just by chance, we happened to see that the iconic kosher bakery, Zak the Baker, has a booth at the Pinecrest Gardens Farmer’s Market, about a 30-40-minute drive from Miami Beach. It is open only on Sundays from 10am-2pm, which is sufficiently long enough to visit all the vendors’ booths and even talk with the owners without creating a back-up.
This is most fortunate because Zak the Baker, owned and operated by the renowned Zak Stern, is a bakery and café in the graffiti-splattered section of Miami called Wynwood that generally has a line sufficiently formidable to be braved only by the most diehard of foodies in search of some of the best breads and pastries in the world. The fact that they are all kosher is just an added benefit to those of us who care about that sort of thing.
So imagine our delight when we learned that, without any line at all, we could pick up sourdough bread in all Zak-the-Baker forms including walnut-and-cranberry and multigrain. The booth at Pinecrest also has crunchy baguettes and croissants and a wide variety of pastries, including chocolate-chip (really chocolate chunk) cookies; babka; a chewy, rich dark chocolate cookie with flakes of sea salt; and a chocolate-almond cookie made without flour.
The booth is run by Mr. Stern’s father, and nothing makes this father-of-the-baker happier than to talk about his famous kosher baker son.
Of course, Zak the Baker is not the only booth at the farmers’ marker. His is just the one that brought us there. Once on the site, we had a wonderful time picking and choosing marvelously fresh fruits and vegetables, smelling and sampling soaps and creams, and buying something called air-plants. One booth sold lovely stones and rocks, which made an irresistible gift for a grandson back home who is also a budding gemologist.
4 based on 638 reviews
Anchored by Florida's largest Macy*s, as well as Macy*s Home Gallery & Kids, JC Penney, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Nordstrom, Dadeland Mall i s known throughout the world as one of Miami's premier shopping indoor mall. Come see our more than 185 specialty stores, including Zara, Limited, Express, Abercrombie & Fitch, Ann Taylor, Apple, Banana Republic, Michael Kors, The Cheesecake Factory, Coach, Sephora, and Victoria's Secret. Dadeland Mall offers shoppers an array of sophisticated styles and celebrated classics from an extraordinary collection of department stores, shops and boutiques designed to meet our customers' diverse needs. Dadeland Mall serves the nearby communities of Kendall, Pinecrest, Coral Gables, Miami and the state of Florida. Dadeland Mall is conveniently located right off the intersection of SR826 and Kendall Drive or US1 and Kendall Drive. From the entire team at Dadeland Mall, we hope that you will visit us soon.
Although the mall has a lot of stores, it is too crowded and prices are above the standard for most South Florida malls. There are newer and less crowded malls nearby.
4.5 based on 9 reviews
I had heard of this new park and decided to visit. Most people drive right past and have no idea it is a public park, because with the exception of a sign by the entrance, the property looks from the outside like a private residence (which it was until recently) There are beautifully manicured green lawns and foliage in a long rectangular shape extending down to the bay. We sat by the bay and just relaxed in silence as the sea winds blew. There were no other guests present in the whole park. I guess most residents haven't discovered it yet. There is not a lot of shade, so be sure to wear a hat and sunscreen or you will get sunburned like me. The historic house by the entrance reminded me of a home you might see out west on a ranch. Parking and admission are free. I have heard that there are lectures and other activities at the property throughout the year. I didn't see any "no fishing" signs, but based on the amount of fish schooling around the shore, I assume it is not permitted. We will return.
4.5 based on 1 reviews
ZWF Miami is the only zoo in South Florida with as many animal encounters. We carry more than 40 exotic species at our facility with many available for interactive activities involving our guests. The five acre zoo houses everything from domestic animals and primates to large predatory birds and mammals. Some of our popular selection of exotic zoo animals are Chimpanzees, Gibbon Apes, Sloths, Lemurs, Owls, Snakes, Anteater, Lions Cub, Snow Leopards, Tiger Cubs, Ligers, Black Jaguar, Lynx, Serval and mischievous Capuchin monkeys - like those used in many movies. The Zoological Wildlife Foundation offers intimate tours and private encounters by appointment. Contact us to schedule a special tour with our exotic animals! It's an experience you will never forget. Tours must be prepaid and booked in advance in order to guarantee your desired date and time. DIRECTIONS: Please use these directions. GPS tends to send our travelers via a dirt road. Take the FLORIDA TURNPIKE and EXIT on Eureka Drive, 184th Street headed WEST Make a RIGHT on Eureka Drive and head down to Krome Avenue, 177th Avenue Make a RIGHT heading North to 160th Street Make a RIGHT heading East for half mile to 172nd Avenue Make a RIGHT on 172nd Avenue We are on the left side about a half block down
My friend and I visited the zoo today and we had an awesome time. For a small zoo, there is a wide selection of large cats and monkeys. As part of the general experience, we got to hold and pet an otter and a baby monkey. I also bought a 10 minute interaction with the baby jaguar and it was amazing. The staff were friendly and the overall experience was terrific. I will come back the next time I am in Miami to have an encounter with another baby animal. It’s expensive but it’s totally worth spending the money.
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