Thick tropical plants fills the understory below ancient trees. Water features such as fountains and ponds accent open areas. The routes meander, making the area feel bigger than it is.

For an early morning or afternoon of botanical beauty, McKee Botanical Garden is a worthy location for visitors of all ages.

Vero Beach ( 27.607301,-80.382715 ) 1.0 miles

Established by local legend Waldo E. Sexton in 1929 with the assistance of landscape architect William Lyman Phillips, a carefully created tropical garden emerged under a canopy of age-old and old native trees.

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Overview

Open Tue-Sat 10-5, Sun 12-5. Closed major holidays.

Place: Vero BeachTrailhead: 27.607301,-80.382715 Address: 350 United States 1, Vero BeachFees: $15 adults, $13 senior citizens, $10 ages 2-12. Other discounts availablePhone: 772-794-0601

Instructions

Thanks to the Indian River Land Trust, the core 18 acres reopened in 2001 after $9.1 million of repair work.

Mazy paths wind through the Royal Palm Grove and over stone bridges, into thickets of bamboo and previous landmark trees. We acquired almost a mile walking the gardens without repeating any paths.

The Hall of Giants was developed around a table that is a single slab of tropical woodRevisit the history of this well known garden through screens near the entrance, including the enormous Hall of Giants. For garden enthusiasts and scientists, there is a botanical recommendation library on site.

Themed sections, like the bamboo pavilion, the lily ponds, and the meditation garden, provide serene niches for relaxation and reading.

With a new interactive childrens garden and routine special events and art setups, McKee Botanical Garden remains a fun location for households today, just as it was when we were kids.

By the 1940s, McKee Jungle Gardens was among Floridas top tourist destinations. It closed in 1976, and most of the residential or commercial property was offered and established.

About the Gardens.

The core of the gardens remained, and with them, outstanding pieces of tropical-themed architecture.

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Simply off US 1 in Vero Beach south of SR 60, right away south of the traffic signal for Indian River Drive.

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