Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Head south to posh Coral Gables and spend the day at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Around since 1938, it has 83 acres of exotic plants, tropical fruit trees, palms, orchids, a conservatory, and science & arts buildings where the public can attend lectures or take classes to learn more about plants. Before you go, check the website to see what special events are on the calendar. This gorgeous garden hosts a variety of events, including weekly concerts, outdoor movie nights, the International Mango Festival, garden festivals in the spring and fall, and yes, even an annual chocolate festival. Last winter, Miami’s first-ever NightGarden took over Fairchild and filled it with talking trees, orb lights, glowing plants, fairies, a multi-sensory flower installation, a life-size maze, and thousands of string lights. Yes, it was as trippy-cool as it sounds -- and it’s coming back again this November.