Located on the 20 acres that was formerly the tourist attraction, Parrot Jungle, is the hidden treasure of Pinecrest Gardens.
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.
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.
With weekly markets as well as horticultural events, music festivals, and theater productions, Pinecrest Gardens has a full calendar.
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.
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.
After about an hour walking through the shady garden, it was time to remount our bikes and continue on our ride through South Miami.
I’ll keep the calendar of Pinecrest Gardens events handy for our next trip to South Florida.