Located less than 15 miles from South Beach is the beautiful Kampong Gardens – the only National Tropical Botanical Garden in the continental US.
The Kampong is an 11 acre tropical oasis just outside of Miami. Here you will find hundreds of exotic trees like the sacred Buddha’s Head and African Baobab as well as fruit trees like the peanut butter fruit and egg fruit. The Kampong is home to the world’s largest fruit tree – the jakfruit. There are 65 different kinds of mango and 23 kinds of avocado trees on the property. There is also a salt water mangrove preserve – one of the largest in the area.
The Kampong was developed by Dr. David Fairchild (The Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden was named after him) in the early 1900s. Dr. Fairchild was the Head of the Office of Foreign Seed and Plant Introduction of the United States Department of Agriculture and brought back many of the species found in The Kampong from his travels in Asia, the Caribbean and Central and South Americas.
Named after a Malay word for a group of houses or village, The Kampong has several structures on the property including the Fairchild-Sweeney House. It was the residence of Dr. Fairchild and his wife. There is also a barn built by the previous owner, Dr. Eleanor Galt Simmons (the first female doctor in the area) which is one of the oldest structures in Miami-Dade County.
The Kampong is located at 4013 Douglas Road in Coconut Grove and is accessible by public transportation.
+1 (305) 442-7169
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday through Friday, excluding holidays
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Self guided tours:
Adults $15, Students with I.D. $10
Guided Tours: (only offered a few days a month)
Adults $20, Students with I.D. $15
Reservations are required for all tours.