Gone Country

By: Jill Martin

The Redland, Florida: Where simple pleasures are yours for the picking

Just a tad south of Miami and a hair north of the Keys lies a world where the pace is slower and the joys are many. Welcome to the Redland. In one afternoon, you can pick strawberries, savor cinnamon rolls, explore a coral mystery that’ll make you go ‘hmmm?’, tour a winery and feast on Southern BBQ.

Coral Castle

How did one man carve and maneuver more than 1,100 tons of coral rock to create what’s known as the American Stonehenge? It’s one of the world’s unsolved mysteries. Swing a nine-ton gate with your finger and look through the 25-foot Polaris telescope. Some say he had extraterrestrial help. He said he knew the secrets of the pyramids. What will you say?

Fairchild Farms

Recognize the name? Fairchild is home to the one of the finest botanical gardens on the planet – and in the Redland, you’ll find their Tropical Fruit Outpost. Stop by on weekends for fresher-than-fresh fruit and smoothies.

Fruit and Spice Park

Stroll the paths of this 37-acre tropical paradise at your leisure or take a tour (walking or tram). The park’s newest addition is a 2.5-acre lake – beautiful! Plus, enjoy lunch at the Mango Café. Lobster rolls, fresh salads, BBQ pulled pork…using spices and ingredients grown onsite. What a find! Park entry costs $8 for adults and $2 for children.

Knaus Berry Farm

Sure, it has fresh-baked goods, jams and U-Pick strawberries, but the main attraction is the cinnamon rolls (sometimes too hot to put in plastic bags so you’ll get them on a cardboard lid). Many folks refer to Knaus as “the Amish Place” but they’re Dunkers (a sect of German Baptists). For shakes and sundaes, use the walk-up window.

Little Farm

This is one of those places your kids will always remember visiting – and you will, too. Milk a goat, ride a horse, explore the butterfly garden and help feed the farm animals (pigs, geese, ducks, sheep, cows…). It’s 10 acres of old-fashioned fun.

Monkey Jungle

“Where humans are caged and monkeys run wild,” Monkey Jungle is a protected habitat for nearly 30 species of primates. It’s one of the few such habitats in the entire country and the only one that the public can explore. Feed the primates and learn fun facts at the narrated shows.

Schnebly Redland's Winery & Brewery

Sample wines made from passion fruit, lychee, mango and carambola as you gaze at coral waterfalls and a lush courtyard and the southernmost brewery in the U.S. Winery tours are available on the weekends.

Shivers BBQ

A local favorite for more than 50 years, Shivers serves up my favorite hickory smoked BBQ - in a log-cabin setting. Baby back ribs, brisket and catfish are crowd pleasers as are the many sides such as corn soufflé, jalapeno cheese grits, hush puppies and slaw.

If you go:

Coral Castle Museum
28655 S. Dixie Hwy.

Fairchild Farms
14885 S.W. 248th St.

Fruit and Spice Park
24801 S.W. 187th Ave.

Knaus Berry Farm
15980 S.W. 248th St.

Little Farm
13401 S.W. 224 St.

Monkey Jungle
14805 S.W. 216th St.

Schnebly Winery
30205 S.W. 217th Ave.

Shivers BBQ
28001 S. Dixie Hwy.

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