Pinecrest Gardens, listed on the National Historic Register, spans 11 acres and features over 1,000 varieties of rare and exotic tropical plants in a native tropical hardwood and cypress setting.
Pinecrest Gardens originated as Parrott Jungle in the 1930’s until it was moved to Watson Island in 2002. Centuries-old oak trees tower alongside native cypress and palm trees providing a shaded relaxing stroll. The lower gardens include a remnant old-growth Bald cypress slough where you can see the prominent cypress knees. Bordering the Meadow and Swan Lake are two elevated dry gardens that include shrubs, succulents, and cacti.
A large banyan grows at the center of the gardens. If allowed to grow without restraint, it would form a multi-acre grove. This one was planted more than 70 years ago.
As you make your way to the observation tower, you are greeted with an expansive view of the garden landscape. Strolling the garden, you’ll come across various wildlife such as fish, birds, turtles, and lizards. In the gardens, you’ll find various works of art like La Danse-Homage to Matisse by Brazillian artist Alice Pittaluga.
As your visit ends, large wooden sculptures of trolls, Berta and Terje bid you adieu.
Thank you for joining me on this look at Pinecrest Gardens, another hidden gem in Miami.
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Admission price includes all-day usage of the facility including a playground, petting zoo, picnic areas, and, of course, one of the most beautiful and exotic botanical gardens in South Florida.
Admissions Fees: (as of 2/15/21)
General Admission (Includes Splash ‘N Play): $5.00 Seniors
(65 & Over): $3.00
Active Military (with ID) Free
Special Events, Performances & Classes Priced separately https://www.pinecrestgardens.org/
11000 Red Road Pinecrest, Florida 33156
T: 305.669.6990 F: 305.669.6944
Pinecrest Gardens is a Village of Pinecrest publicly owned and operated outdoor recreation area acquired in part with funds from the Florida Communities Trust Preservation 2000 Program