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McKee Botanical Garden


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Come and experience a tropical oasis, where Old Florida meets a dense and diverse collection of native plants and exotic specimens unique to this growing zone. Its winding pathways and expansive waterscapes combine with a variety of palms and ferns to form a unique "jungle garden" landscape. Rich in history, McKee Botanical Garden dates back to the 1930s, and is recognized as one of Florida's first and most treasured natural attractions. The site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is endorsed by the Garden Conservancy as a project of national significance. It features two unique structures designed and built by founder and folk artist Waldo Sexton as well as the United States' first permitted bamboo structure. Children who visit are encouraged to navigate their own Garden adventure with one of McKee's Garden Discovery Backpacks. Each backpack contains age-appropriate educational materials and tools to create their very own Garden adventure. Five themes are available: Garden Explorer, Things with Wings, It's a Bug's World, Plantastic and Survival: Lost in the Jungle. Backpacks can be checked out at Garden Admissions for no additional cost and may be enjoyed during the visit.

  • Activities:
  • Educational Sessions Available, Natural Wildlife Viewing,
  • Amenities:
  • Baby-changing station, Bus Parking, Concessions
  • Average Visit Time:
  • 1 - 2 hours,


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Community Appreciation Day

October 03, 2015
Visit one of Florida's earliest and most historic natural attractions. Special reduced admission of just $1 and FREE copies of "The Miracle of McKee" to the first 100 visitors.


Holidays at McKee

December 21, 2015 - December 24, 2015
Experience a holiday wonderland with festive lights and decorations displayed throughout the Garden, music, a large-scale model train display and miniature village, Santa Claus and more. December 21, 22 & 23 6:00 - 8:00 pm. General admission rates apply.


Nights of Lights

December 28, 2015 - December 31, 2015
Stroll along luminaria-lit pathways and enjoy lighting displays throughout the Garden and waterways; additional viewing of model train display, vintage band organ, and more. Dec. 28, 29 & 30. 6:00 - 7:30 pm. General admission rates apply.



January 06, 2016 - June 30, 2016
Beginning January 6, acclaimed landscape artist Patrick Dougherty will spend three weeks on-site constructing a one-of-a-kind, large-scale "Stickwork" structure inside the Garden that will remain on display throughout the season. On view during regular business hours; included with general admission.


ROAR of the Dinosaur sculpture exhibition

February 02, 2016 - May 01, 2016
Experience a realistic glimpse into the prehistoric world with these life-sized dinosaurs created by artist and paleontologist Guy Darrough. McKee Botanical Garden is the final stop for this traveling exhibit that will be retired permanently. On view during regular business hours; included with general admission.


Seventh Annual Motorcar Exhibition: "Extinct" Automobiles

February 13, 2016
In conjunction with the 'ROAR of the Dinosaur' exhibition, the theme of this year's show is "extinct" automobiles - showcasing brands that are no longer being made. Come and see this carefully chosen collection of forty "extinct" motorcars displayed inside the Garden. General admission rates apply and include the car show, garden and dinosaur exhibit.


Sixth Annual Fairy & Pirate Festival

May 07, 2016
Children are encouraged to dress in costume and experience the magical world of fairies and pirates with themed activities and entertainment. Fairy house building, treasure hunt game, crafts, face painting, fairy manicures, wishing bush, maypole and more. Recommended for children ages 10 and under. Summer admission rates apply.


Annual Waterlily Celebration

June 18, 2016
See the state's largest collection of waterlilies in bloom featuring over 100 varieties and 300 individual plants. Waterlily photo contest, repotting demonstrations, plant sale and more. Gates open early; summer admission rates apply.

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