Visitors to Fruit & Spice Park in Homestead, Florida will be treated to a 37-acre park with trees and plants from all over. Find out what to expect and what to do nearby with this guide.
For over 70 years, Redland’s Fruit & Spice Park in the Homestead area of South Dade County has been welcoming the public for events, festivals and relaxation in the great outdoors. It all began with an idea conceived by Mary Calkins Heinlein in the 1930s. Because the Redland area was a rich breeding ground for exotic fruits due to its subtropical climate and because Heinlein came from a family of Redland pioneers, it was only natural that she took such an intense interest in creating a park where everyone could enjoy everything South Florida’s outdoor spaces have to offer.
The only public garden of its kind, Fruit & Spice Park measures 37 acres and welcomes more than 50,000 visitors per year. The park was established in 1944 and includes trees and plants from all over the world, including countries such as Costa Rica, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Singapore, the Philippines, Mexico, Honduras, Indonesia, Thailand, and more.
What to Do at Fruit & Spice Park
When visiting Fruit & Spice Park, you’ll find there are over 500 varieties of exotic fruits, herbs, spices and nuts from around the world to see, including 70 types of bamboo, 40 types of banana, 15 kinds of jackfruit trees and many other exotic fruits. Guided tours are available here three times a day, weather permitting. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water along with you. You can visit any day or plan a trip around a festival, like the Redland International Orchid Festival or the Summer Fruit Festival.
Educational lessons are available on-demand at the Park and school groups can opt for one of two options: Nutrition or Bees and Trees. All programs can be tailored depending on the age and interests of the audience. A standard tour that includes lessons in botany, natural science and ecology can also be arranged.
How to Visit
Fruit & Spice Park is open seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located in Homestead, Florida. The park is easily accessible by car, so pack up the truck or hop in an Uber or Lyft; you’ll be there before you know it. If driving on the Turnpike, you can take exit 9B west on Southwest 248th Street until you get to Southwest 187th Avenue. You will see the park entrance to your left. This is a great stop on the way to or from the Florida Keys. Tickets to enter the park are $10 per adult and just $3 per child between the ages of 6 and 11.
Children under 6 can enter the park for free. Grab your tickets inside the gift shop, where you can also taste different fruit samples. Shop for gifts for friends, family or yourself. Jams and jellies made with fresh, local fruits are abundant here (they’re also a super thoughtful gift).
Dining at Fruit & Spice Park
Open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the Mango Cafe sells salads, wraps, sandwiches, pizza, desserts, and more. Try a Florida Lobster Roll, chips with mango salsa, or a key lime pie. An even better idea? Get a bunch of dishes to share. Everything at the Mango Cafe is freshly made and delicious. Don’t miss the creamy smoothies and shakes, either.
What to Do Nearby
There’s lots to do and explore around Fruit & Spice Park. Head to Redland Market Village to peruse 27 acres of merchandise. This flea market sells clothes, shoes, toys, fishing gear and more. You can get your car detailed here or grab a bite to eat at the seafood market or at one of the restaurants/local food vendors. If it’s beer or wine you’re craving, head to Schnebly’s Winery & Brewery. Alcoholic beverages here are all made with tropical fruit flavors and there’s a restaurant on site, too. Schnebly’s is guaranteed to transport you to a faraway place and that’s not a bad thing.
Then there’s Robert is Here. The farm and fruit stand sells the thickest, creamiest milkshakes you’ve ever had, along with fresh fruit and vegetables, sunflowers, honey and more. There’s usually a live one-man band and to top it off, the cutest farm animals you ever did see. Buy some pellets to feed them and snap a few pics.