See one of the biggest outdoor collections of water lilies in the United States at McKee Botanical Garden, a subtropical garden filled with local and exotic plant species that was founded in 1929. The garden was a popular attraction after it opened in 1932, but was closed for about 25 years until 2001, when it was refurbished. Now you'll find vast groups of water lilies, bromeliads, pineapple plants, plumbago, tall palm trees, and other fragrant vegetation. Explore the hall of the giants, a Polynesian-styled ceremonial palace built by one of the garden's founders, Waldo E. Sexton, out of cypress and pine. The palace contains an 11 m (35 foot) table made from a single piece of mahogany. Plan your McKee Botanical Garden visit and explore what else you can see and do in Vero Beach using our Vero Beach trip maker.
McKee Botanical Garden reviews
We toured the gardens in mid-March. Everything was still open and people were great at distancing. The gardens were beautiful and required a bit of backtracking to see everything. For the most part... more »
This is a really nice, peaceful and beautifully designed garden. It may take you 35-45 minutes to see all of it if you’re strolling through, if you’re looking closely it could take an hour or so... more »
Very natural looking but well maintained gardens. Trails are shaded. Meander throughout the gardens along fish and Lily ponds. Nice retreat from the beach. This summer (2019) they are opening a kids area that looks like it will be a lot of fun for the kids. Recommend for 1.5 hrs or so, if taking a leisurely stroll through (without the kid section - I am sure that will keep the little ones occupied for longer.)
Beautiful place! McKee Botanical gardens has all types of flowers, ferns, water lilies and plants. The ponds are beautiful. We met the Curator of Orchids while we were here, she showed us one of the oldest and largest orchids on the site. The Bamboo Pavilion is great to sit for a while. The Hall of Giants and Spanish Kitchen are must-sees as well. Make sure to not miss a walkway, every walk has different and beautiful plants.
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