What To Do Here

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is truly a unique place. Here you can walk garden paths surrounded by the wonders and beauty of nature, talk to experts in horticulture and conservation science, view impressive art, see butterflies and birds at every turn and take classes on everything from photography to grafting.

Walking the grounds will introduce you to a large variety of tropical plants and their amazing array of sizes, shapes and colors. Dress comfortably and allow three hours or more if you plan to walk the entire garden. Throughout the garden, benches can be found for moments of rest and enjoyment.  The garden includes many displays and exhibits as well as native habitats brought together in a unified design that flows from one area to another.

Displays & Exhibits

Wings of the Tropics
Come enjoy hundreds of exotic butterflies along with hummingbirds, tropical fish and some of the world's most beautiful rare plants.You'll have the opportunity to see exotic butterflies, such as the Blue Morpho, Owl, Bamboo Page, and Leopard Lacewing. There are butterfly releases twice daily, where kids of all ages will have a chance to experience these winged wonders up close.  The Wings of the Tropics exhibit is located in the Garden’s state-of-the-art DiMare Science Village, covering more than 25,000 square feet and featuring five buildings including the The Clinton Family Conservatory’s Exhibit, The Glasshouse Café,  Tropical Plant Conservatory, The Whitman Tropical Fruit Pavilion and the Kushlan Tropical Science Institute.

Richard H. Simons Rainforest
Explore the Rainforest and get a taste of the tropics as you follow a winding stream through two acres of waterfalls, tropical palms, orchids and lush foliage. This exhibit offers visitors the opportunity to experience the plants and environment of the world's dwindling rainforest ecosystems.

Lisa D. Anness Butterfly Garden
Walk through the open-air Lisa D. Anness Butterfly Garden and experience more than 30 species of native butterflies fluttering around you as they interact with hundreds of butterfly nectar and larval host plants.

Palm and Cycad Collection
Tour through the towering tropical palms and ancient rare cycads of our world-renowned palm and cycad collections with species collected from across the globe by our intrepid plant scientists.  There are more than 1,500 palm accessions planted in the garden, and the cycad collection includes representations of many of the world's 315 species and is one of the world's largest and most diverse collections with more than 700 accessioned plants.  Palms can be seen throughout the Garden including the historic Montgomery Palmetum and the scenic Bailey Palm Glade.

Fairchild’s Edible Garden
Experience the Edible Garden and discover numerous easy to grow vegetables and herbs, as well as the best selections of tropical fruit for your garden. Learn how easy it is to put delicious, fresh food on your table with a visit to Fairchild’s Edible Garden.

Lin Lougheed Spiny Forest of Madagascar
Discover the wonderful world of cacti and succulents in the Spiny Forest of Madagascar which showcases some of the wonderful plants found in Madagascar’s spiny desert ranges and brings attention to the woeful destruction of these natural areas. This exhibit is a representative display of the variety of unusual and rare plants found in this threatened habitat, of which ninety five percent are endemic, meaning they are found nowhere else in the world.

The Keys Costal Habitat
The Keys Coastal Habitat is a four-acre bird lover’s paradise featuring a densely-planted collection of plants native to South Florida and the Florida Keys. It has been planted to attract migratory birds and other wildlife and is the perfect spot to spy a painted bunting or tiny warbler.

The Fairchild Arboretum
The Fairchild Arboretum is a twelve-acre display of over 700 species of tropical flowering trees, collected from all over the world. Arranged by plant family, these collections show a magnificent diversity of form, structure, texture, color and fragrance. Within the Arboretum is the 560 foot long Vine Pergola, a historic stone and wood structure supporting a dazzling array of tropical flowering vines of every imaginable shape and color. Want more beautiful blooms? Then visit the Geiger Tropical Flower Garden, a display of eye-popping color and fabulous fragrance that is sure to please.

Tropical Plant Conservatory
Explore the unknown and walk through the Tropical Plant Conservatory and explore the tropical world like never before as you view fantastic blooms, red trunked palms, massive tree ferns, rare cycads, unusual vines, gorgeous orchids and much more.

Art at Fairchild
Experience Yoko Ono’s Wishing Grove, as well as the art of Dale Chihuly, Daisy Youngblood and Freda Tschumy year round. There is also seasonal art from December to May each year from world-renowned artists which in the past have included Chapungu, Sitting Naturally, John Chamberlain, Fernando Botero, Dale Chihuly, Roy Lichtenstein, Mark di Suvero, Yayoi Kusama and Claude and Francois-Xavier Lalanne.

James A. Kushlan Bird Conservation Program
The James A. Kushlan Bird Conservation Program is composed of numerous bird conservation related activities. You will find a brochure that outlines all elements of the Dr. James A. Kushlan Bird Walk at the Visitor Center and information booths. A bird checklist, highlighting some of the birds visitors may encounter at Fairchild is also included with the brochure. Throughout the James A. Kushlan Bird Walk, interpretation and birding hotspots educate visitors from the birding novice to experts alike.

What’s Blooming
Every month horticulture staff and volunteers compile a list of plants that are in bloom. Plot maps and the current month’s blooming list are available on line and at various locations throughout the garden.

 tram tours at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Tram Tours

Enjoy a free, narrated tram tour with one of our expert guides.  Year-round tram tours run approximately 45 minutes and offer an introduction to the history, mission, and plant collections of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. The tours give an excellent overview of the garden, after which you can explore on your own. Each tram can accommodate two wheelchairs.

During special events and inclement weather, tram tours are suspended to ensure the safety of our guests.

Tram Tour Schedule:
Weekdays, hourly from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Weekends, hourly from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Spanish Tram Tours
Narrated tram tours of the Garden are given in Spanish on weekends at 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Private Tours of Fairchild
Enjoy a private tour of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.

An oasis of peace and tranquility in Miami, Fairchild is a hub of scientific, educational and cultural activity for local and out-of-town visitors to enjoy. The Garden offers 83 acres of unmatched beauty and features unparalleled tropical plant collections, including rare and endangered plants from around the world, a tropical rainforest, a butterfly garden and a world-renowned display of palms from all over the world. You can also view art from Dale Chihuly and Daisy Youngblood.

Private Tours accommodate up to six people, are approximately two hours long and include a light meal and private narrated tram tour.

For more information or to schedule a tour, please call Leslie Bowe at 305.667.1651, ext. 3338 or email lbowe@fairchildgarden.org.


Borrow Binoculars
Borrow a pair of binoculars and get a closer look at Fairchild’s birds, butterflies and blooms! You may borrow one pair for a maximum of two hours. Please see the Information Desk inside The Shop at Fairchild for more information and availability.

Guided Walking Tours
South Florida Butterfly Gardening Walking Tours
Year-round on Saturday and Sunday mornings, last approximately one and half hours
Departs at the Visitor Center at 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday afternoons, from the Visitor Center at 1:30 p.m.  
This is your opportunity to explore for butterflies in the garden and identify host plants. Larval host plants and nectar plants found in the garden attract free-flying butterflies so you are sure to find at least some of the 45 butterfly species that have been seen here. If you are considering putting in a butterfly garden in South Florida this is a must. Your walk will conclude at the Lisa D. Anness Butterfly Garden.


Discover the Tropics Walking Tours
From mid-November through May on Weekdays, last approximately 45 minutes
Morning tours begin at the Visitor Center at 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. They may include:
The Tropical Flower Garden, the Arboretum, native plants, the Victoria pool, the Lin Lougheed Spiny Forest of Madagascar and the historic vine pergola.

Afternoon tours begin at the Cycad Circle at 1:15 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. They may include:
The Montgomery Palmetum containing hundreds of palms and cycads whose ancient lineage dates back to before the dinosaurs, or the two-acre Richard H. Simons Rainforest with its captivating stream, waterfalls and surrounding areas.

For all walking tours, please check at the information desk or call ahead 305.667.1651, ext. 3388 to confirm availability. Tours are led by trained volunteers and along the way you will enjoy many different plants, flowers, birds, butterflies and other wildlife. The content will vary depending on the starting location and interest of the visitors.



Weekend Programs

SUMMER 2014 Weekend Programs

For details on the schedules, please ask the information desk upon arrival.

Richard H. Simons Rainforest

This Summer, from June  through August, discover the tropics at the Richard H. Simons Rainforest exhibit!

Volunteers at the Rainforest Plaza discovery cart are ready for interaction every Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

In June, you will learn all about this endangered ecosystem and why is important to maintain and protect it. In July we will share stories on how plant-animal interactions sustain this vital ecosystem. And, in August, through Ethnobotany, we will show you the different uses of plants by different cultures.

Join us in the coolest place in the Garden!

Tropical Plant Conservatory and Rare Plant House

Join volunteer George Andrykovitch at the Tropical Plant Conservatory every first weekend of the month. From 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

George will be interpreting fascinating and rare plants collected by our own scientist all around the globe.

So, come by and discover new blooms in every visit!

The Edible Garden

Every other weekend join volunteer Frank Macaluso and learn the best practices to create and maintain your own South Florida edible garden at home!

Starting June 14 & 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., meet at the Edible Garden exhibit, just across from the raised beds.

Wings of the Tropics

It’s all about butterflies! Discover hundreds of tropical butterflies from all over the world in this exhibit.

See butterflies emerging from their chrysalis, follow butterflies though different stages in the metamorphosis cages and discover new facts at the discovery cart volunteer station.

Don’t miss the colorful hummingbirds thriving in this one of kind habitat. This continuous program runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30p.m. every day of the week.