Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden In Coral Gables - Free Admission Days

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Coral GablesMy family and I celebrated Earth Day at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables, and we had a fun and frugal day out as a family. It was truly a free and frugal adventure as admission was free at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden on Earth Day, which means we saved $62+ taxes.

While the regular admission prices to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden cannot be called frugal, the botanic garden in Coral Gardens do have free admission days a few times a year, so it surely does deserve a spot here at Florida Free and Frugal





Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Coral GablesThe next free admission day at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is on May 6th, as it is National Public Gardens Day. You do; however, need to bring a coupon. Get more information about the free admission and National Public Gardens Day.


There is plenty to see at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, and the grounds are kept in top-notch shape. The surroundings are beautiful, and my family especially enjoyed our walk around in the jungle.


Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Coral Gables
I personally love orchids of all kinds, and the botanic garden had them in trees everywhere, which was one of my favorite features of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.

Walking around in the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, was like walking around in my own neighborhood....but without the houses, the streets and all the traffic. Many of the plants and flowers can be seen all over South Florida, but it was nice to finally be able to put a name to some of them.



Another one of my favorites was the edible garden, which contained most of the produce and herbs that I grow in my small city garden. You could find everything from mangoes, to avocados, hot peppers, cilantro and tomatoes.

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Coral Gables
Edible Garden - Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables


My big boys and I went for a little detour down to a hidden waterfall, which the boys loved, and we actually managed to get lost from my husband and the little one for a while. The boys had fun on their adventure, while I was upset at myself for leaving the phone in the stroller.

The hidden waterfall had beautiful water lilies, but there were also spooky spiders and other interesting critters. 

Cobalt Herons Sculpture by Dale Chihuly
Cobalt Herons, Dale Chihuly
Beautiful glass sculptures could be found all over the botanical garden, and the colorful glass art blended in perfectly with the lush tropical surroundings. Other artwork such as that of French artist Claude and Fran├žois-Xavier Lalanne was also exhibited in the garden.

End of the Day Tower by Dale Chihuly
Dale Chihuly's End of the Day Tower


At the Conservatory House you can find Dale Chihuly's End of the Day Tower.
 


 
It was a beautiful day at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables, and it was great to be able to walk in the shade of the tropical trees. If you would like to visit this beautiful South Florida Botanical Garden, I can highly recommend it, and don't forget that you can get free admission to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Coral Gable on May 6th with the National Public Garden Day Coupons.



Opening Hours at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden:
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m
The garden is closed on Christmas Day, December 25

Admission prices at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden:

Adults                               $25
Seniors (65 and over)        $18
Children 6-17                    $12
Children 5 and under         Free
Fairchild members            Free


Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Discounts: 
AAA:
AAA members gets a discount of $2 off regular adult admission.  

Eco-Discount: 
If you walk, ride your bike or take public transportation to Fairchild, you can receive $5 off the admission price for adults and $2 off the admission price for children.

Military Discount:
Active military personnel free admission, and admission for spouses is $20 and children $10. Military IDs are required to receive the discounts.

Coupon:
Get a $2 coupon off adult admission and/or a $1 coupon off child admission. Get your Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Coupon Expires 3/31/2012


Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden is located at: 
10901 Old Cutler Road,
Coral Gables, FL 33156


Find Directions at The Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden website.

1 comment:

  1. What a wonderful place to spend the day and I would also take advantage of free days! I love to visit gardens in our area...they are not too pricey here...most just ask for a donation. Your photos were beautiful...thanks for sharing!!

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