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Miami Car Rental and Fruit and Spice Park

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A unique garden experience waits for you at the Fruit and Spice Park in Miami-Dade County. This sensational outdoor attraction is the only tropical garden of its king in the United States, exhibiting hundreds of exotic plants and tasty fruits. The Fruit and Spice Park is a perfect place for an afternoon excursion, so round up some friends and get ready to explore more than 35 acres of lush vegetation and landscape. The park's tropical climate can be found nowhere else in the continental U.S., creating a unique growing atmosphere for dozens of striking and unusual plants. More than 500 varieties of fruits, vegetables, spices, herbs and nuts can be found inside the park, along with a handful of commercially important plant specimens. A trip to the Fruit and Spice Park is sure to entice your senses, so why spend another day bored and bland? Plan to visit the Fruit and Spice Park during your upcoming Continental Miami Car Rental vacation.

A tasty excuse for a drive

If you're looking to escape the confines of Miami for a few days, nothing tops a trip to the Fruit and Spice Park. Located just north of Homestead, in the agricultural community of Redland, customers of Continental Miami Car Rental will find a world quite unlike anything they've eve seen. Everywhere you look you'll find vibrant flowers and succulent fruits, many of which are overtly aromatic and undeniably tasty. Miami car rental clients will find more than 80+ varieties of bananas, 125 different types of mango, more than 40 different grape vines and close to 70 elusive bamboo varieties. A number of exotic edibles are also on hand, including Guava, Canistel, Sapodilla, Longan, Lychee, Miracle Fruit, Jaboticaba, Cecropia and coffee beans. Miami car rental visitors to the Fruit and Spice Park are invited to sample fruits lying on the ground for free, but please note that visitors are not allowed to pick anything from the trees. A number of poisonous species are also currently on display at the Fruit and Spice Park, but don't worry - these are kept behind fences. Guided tours of the park are conducted daily at 11am, 1:30pm and 3pm.

Get more from Nature: Classes at the Fruit and Spice Park

Aside from being an internationally recognized natural conservatory, the Fruit and Spice Park is also a locally acclaimed botanical workshop. Miami car rental customers are invited to learn more about the importance of tropical habitats by participating in one of the regularly offered workshops, classes and tours. Headed by the Park's Manager and long time naturalist, Chris Rollins, these programs provide Miami car rental customers with tons of exciting information, as well as interactive plant experiences. Common lecture and tour topics include Plant Propagation, Tropical Fruit Wine Making, Cooking with Tropical Fruits & Vegetables and Edible Wild Plants. Chris has also been instrumental in the creation of Florida and International "Fruit Safaris". Extreme horticultural enthusiasts are invited to join Chris as he explores the markets, farms and jungles both here in Miami and across Southeast Asia and Central America. Local interest in exotic herbs and fruits is overwhelming these days so be sure to contact the Fruit and Spice park as soon as possible in reference to upcoming Fruit Safaris.

Take the tastes home

Miami car rental customers are invited to browse through a number of imported fruit products in the Fruit and Spice Park's retail store. This store is open daily from 11am to 5pm. Merchandise is available year round and includes a seasonal rotation of dried fruits and unusual seeds. Canned fruits, juices, jams, jellies and aromatic teas are also on hand for purchase. Gardening reference books and cookbooks, as well as specialized horticultural supplies can also be located inside the shop.

If you're looking to make your upcoming Miami car rental vacation a little more exotic, look no further than the Fruit and Spice Park in Homestead. Admission to the Park is just $5 per adult and $1.50 per child. Picnic facilities are available. To learn more about the Fruit and Spice Park visit www.fruitandspicepark.org.