DEERING ESTATE AT CUTLER
Located along the edge of Biscayne Bay, the 444-acre Deering Estate at Cutler is an environmental, archeological and historical preserve. From canoe rides to butterfly hikes, and nature guided tours, the Deering Estate has diverse activities for the whole family to enjoy. The Estate offers daily tours of the historic houses – the Stone House and Richmond Cottage, as well as naturalist lead tours of the lush natural areas where fossil bones have been found as far back at 50,000 years. The Estate is part of the Miami-Dade County Park and Recreation Department, which manages the Estate on behalf of the State of Florida.
The Deering Estate is also a cultural and educational facility that features classes and programs for children and adults, teacher training and research opportunities. The Estate also serves as a small conference center for community organizations and corporate groups who share Charles Deering’s interest in the environment, botany, history, fine arts, antiques, rare books and wine. Rental of the Estate is available for special social functions. General admission includes tours of the historic homes and natural areas. Special eco-tours and guided canoe trips to the offshore island of Chicken Key are available for an additional fee. 16701 SW 72 Ave, Miami, FL 33157, 305-235-1668. www.deeringestate.org
FRUIT & SPICE PARK
The only tropical botanical garden of its kind in the United States. The park exhibits 500 varieties of fruits, vegetables, spices, herbs, nuts, and other plant specimens from around the world. 24801 SW 187 Ave, Homestead, FL 33031, 305-247-5727. http://fruitandspicepark.org/friends/index.php
MIAMI-DADE PARKS ECOADVENTURES
EcoAdventures, anchored in Miami and established by the nationally renowned Miami-Dade Parks system, is one of the largest networks of parks, beaches, wildlife-landscapes, wetlands, and recreational gems in the entire United States. Masters of outdoor discovery, we are adventurers, educators and stewards of the fascinating subtropical South Florida ecosystem that is our wilderness playground. Nature is calling… Get EcoActive. 4000 Crandon Blvd. Key Biscayne, FL 33149. 305-365-3018. www.miamiecoadventures.com