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Rediscover the Natural Beauty of Florida at the Everglades Wonder Garden

April 06, 2020

Combining a zoo, botanical garden and museum, the Everglades Wonder Garden has been a must-see since 1936, when brothers Bill and Lester Piper first founded the roadside attraction. Today, you and your family can still see the original artifacts on display in the national history museum, trek though a 3.5-acre botanical jungle full of native trees and plants, feed bright pink flamingos, and visit with rescued exotic birds and reptiles, including the new Alligator Experience that’s coming soon. Kids will love the special programs, classes, and events where they can learn about the animals, while parents can spend their time in the butterfly enclosure or tea house. Grab your family of animal lovers and don’t miss this must-visit destination.