Escape the crowds and step into a lush garden filled with tropical plants from all around the world. McBryde Garden is one of only four National Tropical Botanical Gardens in the United States. Your entrance fee covers a short bus ride into the garden, where you can explore to your heart's content.
With over 50 acres of plantings, you'll be sure to see something new and unusual. Themed gardens contain plants that are all connected in some way. The Hawaiian Life Canoe Garden, for example, includes plants that were carried to the islands by ancient Polynesians for food, medicine or cultural purposes.
The newest addition to the garden is the Biodiversity Trail. You'll take a walk through time as the trail displays the most ancient plants, like ferns and mosses, in addition to more recently evolved flowering plants.
Besides all of the interpretive trails and formal gardens, there's plenty of room to stretch out and wander. Bring a book or a picnic lunch and settle in under a shade tree to enjoy a peaceful afternoon. You''ll be sure to find a quiet nook somewhere. Plus, some of the most unique plants are not found on any official trail. Remember to pack insect repellant, sunscreen, and to give yourself plenty of time to enjoy all that McBryde Garden has to offer.