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Fruit & Spice Park, Homestead

(4.2/5 based on 280+ reviews on the web)
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.
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  • The Fruit and Spice Park acts as an encyclopedia of the plants used by man for culinary purposes, throughout the world. Driving through Redland just to get there, you get a feeling of how central agri...  more »
  • Stumbled on to this place when my boyfriend and I just happened to see a sign when we were on our way to some Castle place near by. So glad we went. Cheap to get in. Parking was tough but worth it. Th...  more »
  • This is a fantastic place to while away a few hours or the whole day. Who knew there were do many types of fruit? Tour was excellent with the guide spending time explaining the different areas to us a...  more »
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  • This park is great to learn about many different kinds of fruit plants and spices. The experience was good, but nothing exceptional. The only activities which you can do is walk around the park and observe the diversity of fruit plants and trees., or you can take a tram tour which is done a few times during the day. Last time I went they had to close the park temporarily due to weather conditions, so call ahead to verify that they are open or plan ahead in case they close for a few hours. A big plus of the park is that you can eat any of the fruit that has fallen from the trees, although they won't let take any of it outside the park.
  • Wow!!!! I just fell in love. Nature at it's best. Take the tour. You get to learn and try so much. Great for pictures. Small crowd but everyone was so nice. Would love to come back. Amazing staff...can't thank them enough for providing great service and care for the park. 💚💚💚💚💚💚
  • The hold great events here and it's worth just spending a day wandering. The paths are very wheelchair friendly. The water features are just the ticket if you're looking to relax.
  • 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!