Fruit and Spice Park
24801 Southwest 187th Avenue, Homestead, FL, USA
www.miamifruitandspicepark.com - (305) 247-5727
Fruit and Spice Park Homestead Reviews
Fruit and Spice Park Jan 23, 2011
We're foodies and like trying new and different foods, so we thought we'd go to the Fruit and Spice park near Miami to see the different tropical fruits growing. Unfortunately, because we went in January, there weren't a lot of fruits that were in season.
The park is laid out by areas, so you have an Asian section, African section, American section, etc.
When you get there, you may have the option of taking the tram around the park. It won't show you the whole park, but it will take you through part of it. We got there for the 1:30 tram tour, which took us through the Asian and African sections of the park. If you don't get there for a tram tour, don't fret, as you can easily walk through the park. I thought the tram stopped frequently and after only going short distances. However, on the tram, you would be told what you were looking at and perhaps some information on the different fruits. If you do go on the tram, I'd recommend sitting near the middle of the tram as that is where the driver would stand and talk when he stopped, making it difficult to hear from the front of the tram.
You are not allowed to pick fruit off of the trees, but you are free to eat anything that has fallen to the ground. However, you need to make sure you know what it is you're eating. There are some things in the park that are poisonous all the time, somethings that are poisonous if you eat them at the wrong time, and some things that are just inedible. If you're on the tram, you will be told what is edible or not. On the morning tram tour (11 a.m.), you may get to sample some of the fruits. However, if it's busy and there are a lot of people on the tram such as the later tours, you likely won't get to sample much if anything during the tour as there likely won't be enough of the fruits for everyone.
Even if you don't get to sample fruits during the tour, there are usually samples of a few items in the gift store. The park doesn't sell any of the fruits that they grow.
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