Best Attractions & Activities, Sightseeing: Lush and meticulously maintained, this garden showcases a wide range of tropical plants. Within its 83 acres, palms and cycads flourish, and a 16,000-square-foot conservatory shelters rare specimens. The Fairchild also offers an arboretum and rainforest, and it houses a world-renowned research facility. Leisurely strolls through the grounds are sure to provoke plenty of "oohs and aahs," and you may gain inspiration for your own little patch of paradise back home. A small museum, gift shop and cafe take care of practical needs. Free tram tours run on the hour.
Local Expert Maria Arroyave Says:
Best Attractions & Activities: "The garden frequently hosts installations from world-renowned artists like Dale Chihuly. Check the Fairchild website for special and ongoing events, including moonlight tours and movie nights."