Since 1938, the keepers of the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden have cultivated more than 85 acres of floral displays with a mixture of science and art. The gardens are lush with plants valuable to scientists and educators, and the tropical landscapes designed by William Lyman Phillips are like ever-evolving canvases, blooming and fading as the seasons change. Most of the palms, cycads, flowering trees, and vines were collected from the wild, but the grounds also harbor endangered plant species.
Guides give English and Spanish tram tours as well as walking tours through specific parts of the gardens, or visitors can explore the displays at their leisure, wandering through the 16,428-square foot two-level Tropical Plant Conservatory exhibit, which blooms with orchids, fruit trees, and rare palms. Cascading waterfalls punctuate the stream flowing through the 2-acre Richard H. Simons Rainforest, where visitors admire the diverse plant life and reflect on the worldwide threat of rapidly vanishing rainforests. The Wings of the Tropics exhibit features thousands of exotic butterflies with tropical fish and rare plant life. Butterflies are released twice daily and the Butterfly Metamorphosis Lab lets kids experience them up close. The water gardens combine tranquility pools with waterfalls, sculpture, and lily pads to evoke a sense of calm.
Founded as a sanctuary for flowers, birds, and their admirers, Pinecrest Gardens has flourished into a family-friendly retreat that entertains visitors with horticultural exhibits and artistic events in a scenic setting. Spanning 4.3 acres of forested wetland, the gardens harbor more than 1,000 rare and exotic plants, including a 100-year-old coco plum tree, orchids, and a banyan tree that spreads across three-fourths of an acre. Waterways full of fish snake through these plants, their inhabitants impatiently pursing their lips at visitors for handfuls of food.
Pinecrest Gardens offers other entertainment opportunities for youngsters, who can splash around in the water playground, spot wildlife at Swan Lake, or play with potbellied pigs at the petting zoo. In addition, the 500-seat outdoor Banyan Bowl offers concertgoers pristine acoustics and cool evening breezes along with complimentary views of the stars.
With a stay at Holiday Inn Port of Miami - Downtown in Miami, you'll be minutes from Bayside Marketplace and Island Queen Cruises. This hotel is within close proximity of Freedom Tower and Gusman Center for the Performing Arts.
Make yourself at home in one of the 200 air-conditioned rooms featuring CD players. Cable programming and video-game consoles are provided for your entertainment, while wireless Internet access (surcharge) keeps you connected. Conveniences include safes and desks, as well as cordless phones with free local calls and voice mail.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Enjoy recreational amenities such as an outdoor pool and a fitness facility. Additional features include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge).
Grab a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, which features a bar, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, a computer station, and audiovisual equipment. Event facilities at this hotel consist of banquet facilities and a meeting/conference room. Parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.
Shape Lovers' in-house gourmet chefs simplify calorie counting by painstakingly crafting balanced meals delivered to home or workplace doorsteps. They scour gardens and haggle with orchard security guards for the finest, freshest ingredients, tossing them into daily-changing four-course lunches that include an entrée, side dish, soup, and dessert. Nutritionists approve each meal, tallying up nutrition facts and carving out specialized plans for guests with allergies and women who are nursing or pregnant. Each meal is individually packaged for freshness, and Shape Lovers' meals are available for weekly plans and catered events, or can be ordered á la carte.
C By Me Creative Clothing & Art Studio invites customers of all ages to make bold statements with their outfits by helping them turn everyday articles into vibrant, eye-catching pieces. Amid the studio's pristine white decor and stainless-steel tables, fashion experts help visitors design their own threads by starting with a blank clothing canvas and adding rhinestones, ribbon, and colorful paint. With the kaleidoscopic arsenal of colorful adornments, customers turn anything from shirts and shoes to wallets and tote bags into wearable works of art akin to Michelangelo's fashionable attempt to cut a head hole in the Mona Lisa.
The centerpiece of Play au Lait’s arena is a 6,000 square-foot structure coated in primary colors, where kids aged 6–12 race down slides, climb platforms, and run across bridges, past the fearsome troll. In the area designed for children aged 2–5, little ones ricochet around a bounce house and teeter over a balancing bridge. A separate, padded area gives toddlers and infants a space to navigate tunnels and zoom down slides. In the gourmet, onsite café, parents can enjoy hummus and stuffed mushrooms while their kids dig into platters of bow-tie pasta and mini pizzas with sides of fresh fruit.