David Fairchild, the Indiana Jones of the botanical world and founder of Fairchild Tropical Garden, would rest at the Kampong (Malay/Indonesian for 'village') in between journeys in search of beautiful and profitable plant life. Today this lush garden is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the lovely grounds serve as a classroom for the National Tropical Botanical Garden. Self-guided tours (allow at least an hour) are available by appointment, as are US$25 one-hour guided tours.

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1. Plymouth Congregational Church

0.53 MILES

This 1917 coral church is striking, from its solid masonry to a hand-carved door from a Pyrenees monastery, which looks like it should be kicked in by…

2. Coconut Grove Playhouse

0.84 MILES

Built in 1927, this is Miami’s oldest theater, which sits in the heart of the Grove. Back in the day this was a grand dame of a building, with a snazzy…

3. Barnacle Historic State Park

0.88 MILES

In the center of Coconut Grove village is the 1891, 5-acre pioneer residence of Ralph Monroe, Miami’s first honorable snowbird. The house is open for…

4. Peacock Park


Extending down to the edge of the waterfront, Peacock Park serves as the great open backyard of Coconut Grove. Young families stop by the playground and…

5. Coconut Grove Library

1.05 MILES

Completed in 1963, the library has a photogenic design with oolitic limestone walls and a steep roof that pays homage to the original 1901 library that…

6. Eva Munroe’s Grave

1.06 MILES

Tucked into a small gated area near the Coconut Grove Library, you’ll find the humble headstone of one Ms Eva Amelia Hewitt Munroe. Eva, who was born in…

7. Lowe Art Museum

1.47 MILES

Your love of the Lowe, on the campus of the University of Miami, depends on your taste in art. If you’re into modern and contemporary works, it’s good. If…

8. Biltmore Hotel

2.29 MILES

In the most opulent neighborhood of one of the showiest cities in the world, the Biltmore is the greatest of the grand hotels of the American Jazz Age. If…