Updated Parrot Jungle

Located on the 20 acres that was formerly the tourist attraction, Parrot Jungle, is the hidden treasure of Pinecrest Gardens.

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Always on the lookout for a peaceful place for a walk while on vacation, Pinecrest Gardens fits the bill. Along with the native palms and hardwoods, the garden is home to over 1000 species of exotic and tropical plants.

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The winding nature trail passes through natural streams, sinkholes and caverns as well as past many of the cages from the old Parrot Jungle attraction.

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With weekly markets as well as horticultural events, music festivals, and theater productions, Pinecrest Gardens has a full calendar.

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And what’s a garden without a little art? In addition to the art that lives in the park, art shows and craft shows are regularly scheduled.

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The most popular part of the park on the day we visited was the splash pad where dozens of young children played in the water. I love this spray on sunscreen machine. For a dollar, you can pull the trigger and spray on a little sun protection. I know my children would have been more agreeable to the sunscreen process with this fun contraption.

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After about an hour walking through the shady garden, it was time to remount our bikes and continue on our ride through South Miami.

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I’ll keep the calendar of Pinecrest Gardens events handy for our next trip to South Florida.