5 Top Hidden Gems Near Miami, Florida

Miami - Florida - Vacation - Hidden Gem
Miami - Florida - Vacation - Hidden Gem

Miami Florida is a world-renowned vacation spot and for good reason. The climate is wonderful, and the pristine beaches and lush tropical foliage make it was top notch vacation spot. But there is so much more to Maimi that beaches and sun. In fact, a good deal of it is unknown to the general public – but never fear, we have you covered. Let’s get you started with 5 Top Hidden Gems Near Miami. 

#1 Fruit and Spice Park 

Located in Homestead, Florida on SW 187th St, The Fruit and Spice Park is a 37-acre living plant park offering daily tours of this lush paradise. The park also boasts over 500 types of fruit, spice, and nut trees. 

Some of the plants at the Fruit and Spice Park include varieties of mangoes, grapes, jackfruit, guavas, and other exotic fruits.  The Park is open from 10 AM – 5 PM daily at a cost of $10 per person.     

#2 The Monkey Jungle 

The Monkey Jungle is a 30-acre park on the southern edge of Miami not far from Zoo Miami.  Within the park are close to 20 species of apes and monkeys in environments simulating their natural habitats. 

What makes this park special and different from typical zoos is that the monkeys here are allowed to roam free and humans can observe – from a cage that winds its way through various habitats. Prices start at $20 per person and park is open from 9:30 AM – 5 PM daily. 

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Miami - Florida - Vacation - Hidden Gem

#3 Miami-Dade College Museum of Art and Design 

Located on Biscayne Blvd, the Miami Dade College Museum of Art and Design is Miami Dade College’s flagship institution dedicated to the presentation and exhibition of visual art and design. This cultural gem emphasizes visual art and design via rotating exhibits of cross-disciplinary art, much of which is culturally and historically significant. 

Museum admission: $12 adults; $8 seniors and military; $5 students. Museum hours are below: 

Days of week, Open hours 

  • Wednesday 1 PM – 6 PM 
  • Thursday 1 PM – 8 PM 
  • Friday 1 PM – 6 PM 
  • Saturday 1 PM – 6 PM 
  • Sunday 1 PM – 6 PM 
  • Monday Closed 
  • Tuesday   Closed 

#4 Vizcaya Museum and Gardens 

Located on South Miami Blvd Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is the former villa and estate of businessman James Deering, of the Deering McCormick-International Harvester fortune. The estate also features extensive Italian Renaissance gardens, a historic village, and native woodland landscape. 

It’s opened from 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM Wednesday through Monday and closed on Tuesdays. Admission: Adults (13 & over) – $25, Children (six to 12 years) – $10, Children (five and under) – free. 

#5 The Kampong 

On S Douglas Rd in Miami, The Kampong is one of the five gardens of the non-profit National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG)2. The gardens are pen by advance reservation to visitors from Tuesday through Friday. 

The garden boasts fruits such as egg fruit, peanut butter fruit, candle fruit, cocoplums, and more than 50 types of mango. There are also numerous species of flowering trees, palms, and bamboo as well as a mangrove forest. Admission is $35.39 per adult.  

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