Fruit & Spice Park, Homestead
Categories: Nature & Parks
The Fruit and Spice Park is a 37acre botanical garden in Miami-Dade County at 24801 SW 187 Avenue, located in the rural agricultural community of Redland, about 20 miles southwest of Downtown Miami.ExhibitsThe park contains more than 500 varieties of fruit, nut, and spice trees, including more than 80 banana varieties, 160 varieties of mango, more than 40 varieties of grapes, 70 bamboo varieties, plus guava, jackfruit, canistel, sapodilla, longan, lychee, mamey sapote, black sapote ("chocolate pudding fruit"), miracle fruit, jaboticaba, cecropia ("snake fingers"), coffee beans, and wax jambu, as well as other more exotic edibles. Visitors are free to sample fruits lying on the ground, but are not allowed to pick anything from the trees. Fruits that may be poisonous if not consumed correctly, such as ackee, are fenced for safety. The park has completed many renovations and separates the plants into Caribbean, African and Asian sections.Use our Homestead trip itinerary planner to arrange your visit to Fruit & Spice Park and other attractions in Homestead.
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First advice, bring a big bottle of water ! It is a really big park, a lot of trees, fruits, flowers to see. Especially if you want to see it all ! I think the whole visit took us almost 2 hours, and ... read more »
The rules of this park is fairly simple - anything that has fall off the tree/plant can be picked up and eaten, but nothing else. Depending on time of year (and when the fruits and spices ripen), you ... read more »
One of the few places in Miami area that allows dogs with well behaved owners. The place is interesting for the variety of fruit trees. No fruit for sale but they do offer sampling. Great restaurant f... read more »
Perfect for nature lovers! Went with my family. When you walk into the entrance of the park they have a variety of fruit they cut up and serve for you to try and they employees tell you everything about their trees. We saved all the seeds from the fruits. The price of admission is very reasonable. The park is over 300 acres. You can't pick any fruit off the trees but you can get them off the ground and there was plenty of fruit on the ground for us to try. We had gauva, maime (i think that's the name), star fruit, strawberry tree fruit, and lot more i couldn't remember their names. Its a very beautiful park! And a lot to see. They offer free tours and we ended up doing it. You ride through the park and the tour guide tells you about the trees and lets you get off to try the fruits.
A little expensive admission. The real problem that I noticed though was the amount of fruit that was just needlessly rotting on the ground. Jackfruit the size of melons rotting on the limbs of the trees and dozens more rotting on the ground below. What a waste of a food source. Same with the bananas. As a local I've always wanted to visit the park, but never got around to it. Now that I visited I will never go again. There was dozens of different fruit on the counter inside, and my wife asked if they were for sale or free samples, the employee almost barked at her, "this is an educational park". I said, " if this is an educational park were is the logic in letting all those fruit rot on the ground when you could donate to Camilla House, or the church that is across the street?" Thumbs down on this park!
Nils Arne Kastberg
Organic, fresh vegetables, great wraps at its café style eatery. Cosy, earthy place to eat and the park has all exotic fruit trees and you can eat any fruit on the ground.
My favorite park in South Florida. All-you-can-eat exotic fruits can't be beat. The guides are extremely helpful and kind, too. Just watch out for mosquitos and spider webs.
We basically paid to sweat and there wasn't much fruit left by the time we got there. What I mean is, they let you eat whatever is on the ground (ask for a knife at the front before beginning tour) No picking allowed. The scenery was nice. Especially the lily pads.
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