Gardens, Nature Centers & Parks

Address: 4000 Morikami Park Rd.
Delray Beach, FL 33446
Short Business Description:
Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, with its unique gardens and collections, is one of Palm Beach County’s most treasured cultural attractions. Located in a tranquil natural setting, Morikami invites visitors to explore its many facets and discover Florida’s heritage and its connection with Japan.
Long Business Description:

Our mission at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is to engage a diverse audience by presenting Japanese cultural experiences that educate and inspire.

Since opening in 1977, Morikami has been a center for Japanese arts and culture in South Florida. With rotating exhibitions, tea ceremonies performed monthly in the Seishin-an tea house, educational outreach programs with local schools and organizations, and Japanese traditional festivals celebrated for the public several times a year, Morikami strives to spread appreciation for the living culture of Japan.
The 16 acres that surround Morikami’s two museum buildings include expansive Japanese gardens with strolling paths, resting areas, our world-class bonsai collection and lakes teeming with koi and other wildlife. The wider 200-acre park features nature trails, pine forests and picnic areas.
General Museum Hours

Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Wednesday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Thursday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Friday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
We are closed on major national holidays, including Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Easter, and 4th of July.

Daily Admission

Morikami Members: FREE!
Adults (ages 18+): $15
Seniors (65+) $13
Military (with ID): $13
College Students (with ID): $11
Children (ages 6-17): $9
Children 5 and under: FREE!
Please note that no discounts are offered on festival days

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Business Phone Number:
561-495-0233
Address: 401 SW Second Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL
33312
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The mission of the Museum of Discovery and Science is to provide experiential pathways to lifelong learning in science for children and adults through exhibits, programs and films.
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The mission of the Museum of Discovery and Science is to provide experiential pathways to lifelong learning in science for children and adults through exhibits, programs and films.

The Museum of Discovery and Science has contributed significantly to the revitalization of the Arts and Science District in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Consisting of 119,000 square feet of interior space, the 300-seat AutoNation IMAX Theater, and an open-air Grand Atrium featuring the Great Gravity Clock, the Museum features dynamic interactive exhibits in the natural and physical sciences and a large array of programs designed to serve diverse audiences. The Museum regularly serves over 400,000 visitors each year and is the primary destination for school field trips in Broward County. Last year, the Museum served 90,000 students on school-sponsored field trips plus an additional 60,000 school-age children visiting with friends and family. The ability of the Museum to entertain and educate children and adults through immersive exhibits, engaging educational programming and films, and a live animal collection adds immeasurably to the region’s educational resources.

The Museum began its history as the Discovery Center, a hands-on museum of art, science and history, in 1977 in the historic New River Inn. Over the course of the next few years, several other historic buildings became part of the Museum’s complex.

By 1986, community demand had far exceeded the Museum’s capabilities in the small complex. With an eye toward growth, the Museum aggressively sought inclusion of $8 million in the City’s General Obligation Bond and mounted a community-wide educational campaign to assure its passage. The Bond passed successfully by a wide voter margin. Armed with this broad-based community support, the Museum then generated $13.6 million in philanthropy and $11 million in state funding to complete its $32.6 million capital campaign. These investments completed funding for the new Museum of Discovery and Science and Blockbuster IMAX Theater, and funded a $3 million permanent endowment. The IMAX Theater was renamed the AutoNation IMAX Theater in 2007 in recognition of a major gift.

Such strong support for the project on the local, regional, statewide and national levels resulted in the Museum being the only debt-free, major cultural institution to open in greater Fort Lauderdale in the past 25 years. Upon completion of the capital campaign, the new Museum opened on November 21, 1992, meeting the increasing demands for informal science education and cultural experiences in South Florida.  Attendance topped the one million mark in less than two years. In 1996, major additional capital funds were invested in upgrading the IMAX Theater to include 3D projection capability. Numerous community partners, both corporate and institutional, joined with the Museum to extend its reach and effectiveness. 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Museum of Discovery and Science.

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Business Phone Number:
954-467-6637
Address: 7715 Forest Hill Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL
33413
Short Business Description:
Marvel at our birds of prey, touch a live snake or prowl for owls during one of our many programs scheduled throughout the year for families, youth and adults.​​​​
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Okeeheelee Nature Center features 2.5 miles of trails winding through 90 acres of pine flatwoods and wetlands. Highlights of the center include hands-on exhibits, animal encounters and a nature related gift shop. Marvel at our birds of prey, touch a live snake or prowl for owls during one of our many programs scheduled throughout the year for families, youth and adults.​​​​

Hours:  Sunrise to Sunset.  Closed on County Observed Holidays

 

Business Phone Number:
: 561-233-1400
Business Fax:
561-242-7240
Address: 1301 Summit Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL
33405
Short Business Description:
The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society is a non-profit zoological organization located at Dreher Park in West Palm Beach.
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The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society is a non-profit zoological organization located at Dreher Park in West Palm Beach. The zoo houses more than 550 animals, many of them endangered, within 23-acres of lush tropical habitat.  As Palm Beach County’s top-rated zoological experience we are home to over 550 animals and 190 species, many of them endangered.

Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The last admission ticket is sold at 4:15 p.m. Palm Beach Zoo is open 363 days a year and is closed only on Thanksgiving & Christmas Day.

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SUMMER SAFARI SAVINGS PASS

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Business Phone Number:
561-547-9453 (WILD).
Address: 142 South Ocean Blvd.
Delray Beach, FL
33483
Short Business Description:
The unique facility is an exciting hands-on learning experience, which focuses on Florida’s fragile ecosystems and their inhabitants.
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Sandoway Discovery Center
As South Florida’s premier coastal ecosystems and marine life center, we will transform and inspire our visitors through experiential education and conservation.
The Sandoway Discovery Center, offers a glimpse into South Florida’s fragile marine and freshwater environments through educational exhibits and programs.The nature center opened its doors in 1998 and quickly captivated the interest of students, teachers, naturalists, community leaders, visitors and residents of Delray Beach and surrounding communities. The unique facility is an exciting hands-on learning experience, which focuses on Florida’s fragile ecosystems and their inhabitants.

Visitors of all ages can get an up-close view of some of Florida’s native and invasive reptile species, meet sharks and other fish at the coral reef pool, explore Southeast Florida’s largest private shell collection and join us for special events such as Earth Day and beach clean-ups. The center’s library is a great resource to explore natural history and the environment. The observation deck, shell collection and native plant and butterfly garden also allow the visitor to learn about our unique coastal environment. The Sandoway House Nature Center is an historic home where one can experience Delray’s rich natural history through a self-guided tour. The open air porch, Dade County pine floors, Bald Cypress ceilings, French doors and arched window on the staircase, are just some of the architectural details that evoke impressions of early beach-front living.

The nature center’s activities include daily shark and stingray feedings, twice a week alligator feedings, Junior Naturalist program for at-risk youth, group education programs, outreach, beach and dune walks (presented by Dr. Angela Witmer), garden walks, live animal exhibits, fossil digs and more. The Friends of Sandoway House Nature Center, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about Delray’s coastal/marine ecosystems and natural history all to benefit future generations.

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Business Phone Number:
561.274.7263
Address: 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach
Short Business Description:
The Four Arts offers a dynamic lineup of cultural programming, including notable speakers, concerts, films, educational programs, and art exhibitions. The campus is home to beautiful sculpture and botanical gardens, a library and children’s library, and a state-of-the-art educational facility.
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The Society of the Four Arts was founded in 1936 to offer quality cultural programming to the growing resort community of Palm Beach. Each season, The Four Arts offers a dynamic lineup of cultural programming, including notable speakers, concerts, films, educational programs, and art exhibitions. The campus is home to beautiful sculpture and botanical gardens, a library and children’s library, and a state-of-the-art educational facility. The Four Arts is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charity and all programs are open to the public.

The Esther B. O’Keeffe Gallery Building, designed by famed architect Addison Mizner, is home to a gallery that features a diverse and ever-changing schedule of traveling art exhibitions. The building also includes a 700-seat auditorium with top-of-the-line sound and lighting for concerts, lectures and films. The auditorium is home to the popular live broadcasts of Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD and National Theatre of London productions, offered throughout the season.

The Four Arts King Library boasts a collection of more than 70,000 publications, periodicals, DVDs and other media. Lively book discussion groups take place several times a month and are open to the public at no charge. The library serves as the town library for Palm Beach, but memberships with borrowing privileges are available to all book lovers whether they live on the island or not.

The Children’s Library invites children and families to borrow books and use computers free of charge. A free story time program is offered twice a week for preschool-aged children and special events for children of all ages are offered throughout the year. In addition to enjoying stories and singing songs, children participate in games and crafts to complement the story time theme of the day.

The Four Arts’ newest facility, the Dixon Education Building, is home to Campus on the Lake cultural education programs. The landmarked building was originally built in the 1920s as Palm Beach’s public school building. In 2013 the building was renovated and revitalized by the Four Arts, preserving the facility’s landmarked exterior while modernizing the interior for 21st-century learning. With classrooms, an art studio and even an apartment for a visiting artist, the Dixon Education Building serves as South Florida’s home for lifelong learning.

The Four Arts Botanical Gardens are demonstration gardens designed in 1938 to help new arrivals to South Florida who were struggling with gardening in the state’s tropical climate. Seven demonstration gardens illustrate different styles of landscaping and information on drought and heat tolerant plants.

Adjacent to the botanical gardens is the Philip Hulitar Sculpture Garden, which showcases carefully selected sculptures in an outdoor museum-like setting. With welcoming pergolas and a large garden pavilion, the Hulitar Sculpture Garden has become a top destination for visitors to South Florida. The gardens are open seven days a week, and there is no charge for admission.

102 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach, FL 33480 • (561) 655-7226

Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (September through October)
Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (November through April)
Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. (November through April)

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Business Phone Number:
561-655-7226
Address: 300 S Military Trail, Boca Raton, FL 33486
Short Business Description:
The Explorium offers its visitors a variety of traveling exhibits each year. From rockets to molecules, the museum engages and teaches children about the fantastic world of science!
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The Children’s Science Explorium, located in Sugar Sand Park, is a free hands-on science center designed for children 5 – 12 years of age and their caregivers. We offer fascinating and interactive exhibits, programs and camps that bring the physical sciences to life.
In addition to our permanent exhibit collection, the Explorium offers its visitors a variety of traveling exhibits each year. From rockets to molecules, the museum engages and teaches children about the fantastic world of science!

The Children’s Science Explorium offers fascinating, interactive exhibits, programs and camps. Each is designed to enhance 5 to 12 year old explorers’ understanding of everyday physical sciences. Programs feature a variety of learning

opportunities, from formal school programs, to informal drop-ins like our monthly Make & Takes.
Hours of Operation
Monday–Friday: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday, Sunday, & Holidays: 10:00am – 5:00pm
*Explorium open from 8am-noon on Dec 24 & Dec 31 
*closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day
To find out more, follow the links.

Programs for Kids:

Explorium Science Squad
Early Afternoon Explorers
Camps (Winter, Spring & Summer Break, Great Escape Days)
Friday Night at the Museum
Scout Programs
Birthday Parties

Business Website Address:
Business Phone Number:
(561) 347-3912
Business Fax:
561-347-3910
Address: 3251 South Miami Avenue
Miami, Florida 33129
Short Business Description:
The Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, previously known as Villa Vizcaya, is the former villa and estate of businessman James Deering, of the Deering McCormick-International Harvester fortune, on Biscayne Bay in the present day Coconut Grove neighborhood of Miami, Florida.
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Vizcaya was created as James Deering’s subtropical winter home in the 1910s and today it is a National Historic Landmark and accredited museum. We invite you to learn about Vizcaya’s fascinating history and the individuals responsible for the unusual estate’s origins, evolution and ongoing management.

Mission Statement

Preserving Vizcaya’s cultural and environmental resources to engage people in connecting with the past, understanding the present and shaping the future.
(Approved by the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Trust, Inc., July 26, 2018)
Vision Statement

Vizcaya is an enduring, inclusive and innovative place that inspires people to embrace the cultural vitality and environmental sustainability of the world around us.

Hours
Vizcaya is open Wednesday through Monday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed Tuesdays, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Business Website Address:
Business Phone Number:
305-250-9133
Business Fax:
305-285-2004