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McKee Botanical Garden, Vero Beach

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See one of the biggest outdoor collections of water lilies in the United States at McKee Botanical Garden, a subtropical garden filled with local and exotic plant species that was founded in 1929. The garden was a popular attraction after it opened in 1932, but was closed for about 25 years until 2001, when it was refurbished. Now you'll find vast groups of water lilies, bromeliads, pineapple plants, plumbago, tall palm trees, and other fragrant vegetation. Explore the hall of the giants, a Polynesian-styled ceremonial palace built by one of the garden's founders, Waldo E. Sexton, out of cypress and pine. The palace contains an 11 m (35 foot) table made from a single piece of mahogany. Plan to see McKee Botanical Garden and other attractions that appeal to you using our Vero Beach trip itinerary builder.
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  • Unique gardens with change of themes a few times a year. The Dr Suese display was wonderful, enjoyed by my son, granddaughter and myself, with bronze statues that were touchable! By the way, my grandd...  more »
  • Absolutely loved the gardens. The orchids are incredible. It has just the right balance of being natural but yet not too manicured! Bamboo Pavilion provided the best rain shelter. Highly recommended v...  more »
  • An alternative to spending the entire day on the beautiful beach. Leisurely stroll through beautiful gardens; spend an hour or several. Both shady and sunlit areas. Clean restrooms, cute gift shop. We...  more »
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  • McKee Gardens is a quiet, peaceful place in south Vero. It's what was saved of a much larger garden. The best time to visit is in the late winter and the spring. There is a beautiful collection of waterlilies and small water courses. Don't expect fragrant flowers. The garden has special events especially in the season. The Christmas lights show is nice.
  • I wasn't sure if this little "garden" was going to have a whole lot to offer and keep our little kids engaged but my concerns were quickly alleviated. We went when they had a special Lego exhibit and that was the icing on the cake. I think the place has enough wonder to be fun regardless; it's like a manicured jungle.
  • Small, beautiful botanical garden. We attended during the Lego festival, which was very impressive. We will definitely return.
  • Did you know this was an old Florida attraction back in the day. I don't want to give too many details, they have some great history and a few building worth checking out.
  • The gardens were beautiful! I especially enjoyed the water lillies and the variety of ferns.