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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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  • Love to visit with my grandchildren. Purchased a family membership, and I take my grandchildren whenever I can.  more »
  • Lovely garden. Many tropical plants and colorful even in the heat of summer. Best to visit when the waterlilies are blooming but any day is a good day to see the gardens and the special artexhibits th...  more »
  • A nice quiet place amid the hubbub. Nice walking paths. Friendly staff provided a map and explained some areas of interest. Most plants had tags that were helpful in identification You can explore the...  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.
  • Typical of FL, this is more expensive than it otherwise should be. On the one hand, it is rather a small place, with little variation, no real zones per se, and few trails. On the other hand, there are many waterlilies and lotus plants in the several ponds and streams. There are a few photogenic buildings, including some giant "birdhouses" made by an artist of woven branches. These are over 30' tall, I'd estimate, and very cool. If you don't mind paying to see water plants and some shady trails, this is a lovely place to spend some time.
  • 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.
  • A beautiful garden tour. A nice way to spend an afternoon they always have something new and exciting growing
  • My kids and I had a lot of fun, we went the last day of the Lego special. Lots of awesome lego statues. Beautiful walking path with georgous flowers!

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