South Florida offers its sparkly beaches, wonderful nightlife and eclectic food spots. But an often under-looked aspect of our region is the luscious gardens it houses. No surprise that our subtropical climate is a perfect place for carving out breath-taking green spaces around the area. So since we know you’re looking for ways to be outdoors in a safe manner, here are a few re-opened gardens where you can escape to feel free:

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

A two-in-one for lovers of history and picturesque botanicals, the Morikami Gardens locale offers a wide range of Japanese artifacts and art as well as nature trails, picnic areas and lakes.

Location: 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach, FL
Hours: Open Tuesday through Sunday 10am-5am and are closed on Mondays and major holidays.

Gulf Shore Life

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Another garden that is accompanied by a museum is the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens that presents views of romantic architecture and 11 acres of formal gardens. With tours of the estate’s Main House, that contains 34 rooms, offered as well.

Location: 3251 South Miami Ave, Miami, FL, 33129
Hours: Thursday through Monday 9:30am-4:30pm

Flickr via SearchofBeauty

Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden

A staple in South Florida’s top gardens, this locale conserves a world of tropical plants and continuously adds to its dome with ongoing explorations of this plant category. Fairchild Tropical Garden is a unique experience with daily butterfly releases and five buildings to venture into.

Location: 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL, 33156
Hours: Due to Covid, these hours vary and more information can be found here.

Courtesy of Fairchild Garden

Mounts Botanical Garden

By incorporating cultural, social and educational activities with its garden, Mounts provides a wholesome experience for any plant lover with its 25 garden sections. Never a dull moment at this spot with spectacular sights of lively flowers, gazebo and wetland areas.

Location: 531 N Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33415
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 9 am-3pm (last entry at 2:30 pm)

Duane Schoon via Flickr/Garden Visit

Pinecrest Gardens

Many of us know this garden oasis as the original home of Parrot Jungle back in the 90s and throughout our childhoods. Now, the 20-acre park at Pinecrest Gardens shines just as brightly and is filled with tropical plants, picnic grounds, and wildlife.

Location: 11000 SW 57th Ave, Pinecrest, FL 33156
Hours: Open daily from 9am-6pm.

Alana Perez via Community Newspapers

The Kampong

Tucked away off of Main Highway in Coconut Grove is the 9-acre estate that once belonged to Dr. David Fairchild (of the above-mentioned tropical garden name). The smallest on the list, this is also one of South Florida’s best-kept secrets. Aside from the Asian-inspired historical home, you’ll find a recreation of the famous botanist’s laboratory, hundreds of plants, towering banyans and dozens of mangoes–perhaps his most well-known discovery and contribution to the Americas.

Location: 4013 Douglas Rd, Miami, FL 33133
Hours: Call to make an appointment: (305) 442-7169


Cover photo of Morikami by the Boca Raton Tribune.