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Florida Tech Botanical Garden

150 W University Blvd, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL 32901
+1 321-674-8038
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Fun, Free and Outdoors with the Family!

Our young family of 5 visited the gardens in June. It was beautiful. We took our time through the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Laura S
Apopka, Florida
Serenity Now

We walked around the gardens and it was very peaceful, even though it is near the college. It... read more

Reviewed 16 April 2017
David C
Rochester, New York
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A stream bordered by a shady hammock abounding in palm trees and other tropical growth winds through the heart of the campus and is the setting for a 15-acre Botanical Garden. The main trail has been named the Dent Smith Trail in honor of the founder of the Palm Society, a worldwide organization primarily engaged in the study of the palm family, in all its aspects. Florida Tech's Garden, through the intense interest of Founding President Emeritus Jerome P. Keuper and the inspiration and help of Mr. Dent Smith in the 1960's, has become one of the most unique campus botanical gardens of its kind in the continental United States. This is a public garden. We have limited staff and love volunteers! There is no fee to visit (self-guided) and we are open from sunrise to sunset. If you would like a guided tour, docents are available with advance notice. A donation of your choosing is recommended for guided tours. As there are natural water features and other potential hazards, please exercise caution during your visit. There are several specimen, delicate or possibly poisonous plants planted or naturally occurring in this garden and hammock. Parents, please maintain appropriate control over your children at all times. Well-mannered dogs on leashes are welcome on the trails only. For your safety, please stay on the trails or within walled areas. Thank you!
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150 W University Blvd, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL 32901
+1 321-674-8038
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our young family of 5 visited the gardens in June. It was beautiful. We took our time through the trails with the stroller. There was one path which wasn't on a sidewalk - fine with us! The variety of trees was amazing. Little streams -...More

Thank Laura S
Reviewed 16 April 2017

We walked around the gardens and it was very peaceful, even though it is near the college. It would have been helpful to have some more signs around to help let you know which way to go, but it was peaceful and calming for a...More

Thank David C
Reviewed 22 March 2017

I downloaded map of the garden from website. The paths could use a few "you are here signs". The students who answered my questions about directions were helpful and friendly

Thank mario c
Reviewed 5 March 2017

I went to college at Florida Tech several years ago. I revisited the campus last weekend. The Botanical Garden was one of my favorite places. It was nice to see that despite the school's expansion, they have not only kept this sanctuary, but enhanced it....More

Thank Shana H
Reviewed 2 March 2017

Lots of palm trees that are all labeled. A few aquatic features and many interesting plants. This is a great place to walk around for an hour. No guides or other material but you can wander around on your own and look around.

1  Thank 2005-travel-lover
Reviewed 19 February 2017

This was an outing that sorely disappointed. It was small and mudding with little vegetation. I am not sure if we visited the entire garden or not, but one really would not know with the lack of signage. Anyway, wouldn't recommend.

1  Thank Amanda H
Reviewed 6 February 2017

We are from MN so it is fun to walk through the Botanical Garden when we are in Melbourne. Lots and Lots of native plants along the paths that run through the garden. Nearby is the art center which is also a fun place to...More

Thank csb14
Reviewed 23 January 2017

This is a lovely place to take a stroll but it is hard to find and even harder to find a place to park. We had to go into one of the administrative buildings for directions and drove several times around the parking lot before...More

1  Thank LoveMyFamily6
Reviewed 27 December 2016

this is on campus (i study at florida tech), very calm and serene, especially on holidays, and there are plenty of squirrels in the foliage, turtles and fish in the little streams and many places to sit and relax on the trail.

Thank jemsbhai
Reviewed 20 December 2016

For families, a quiet walk, romantic walk, meditation, The gardens are well maintained with both natural and man built paths.

Thank Cvinterior
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Samantha W
How much is admission for two adults?
19 November 2016|
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Response from traintraveler53 | Reviewed this property |
Garden is no charge. It isn't fenced, so imagine that it is accessible on Christmas day.
Yes. I'd like to know if it is open Christmas day?
13 December 2015|
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Response from Queenie C | Reviewed this property |
There is no admission gate to the gardens. It's open public space on the Florida Institute of Technology campus. You can walk it any day.