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Florida Tech Botanical Garden

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Address: 150 W University Blvd, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL 32901
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+1 321-674-8038
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A stream bordered by a shady hammock abounding in palm trees and other...

A stream bordered by a shady hammock abounding in palm trees and other tropical growth winds through the heart of the campus and is the setting for a 15-acre Botanical Garden. The main trail has been named the Dent Smith Trail in honor of the founder of the Palm Society, a worldwide organization primarily engaged in the study of the palm family, in all its aspects. Florida Tech's Garden, through the intense interest of Founding President Emeritus Jerome P. Keuper and the inspiration and help of Mr. Dent Smith in the 1960's, has become one of the most unique campus botanical gardens of its kind in the continental United States.

This is a public garden. We have limited staff and love volunteers! There is no fee to visit (self-guided) and we are open from sunrise to sunset. If you would like a guided tour, docents are available with advance notice. A donation of your choosing is recommended for guided tours.

As there are natural water features and other potential hazards, please exercise caution during your visit. There are several specimen, delicate or possibly poisonous plants planted or naturally occurring in this garden and hammock. Parents, please maintain appropriate control over your children at all times. Well-mannered dogs on leashes are welcome on the trails only. For your safety, please stay on the trails or within walled areas.

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Trip down memory lane

I went to college at Florida Tech several years ago. I revisited the campus last weekend. The Botanical Garden was one of my favorite places. It was nice to see that despite... read more

Reviewed 5 March 2017
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Rochester, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked around the gardens and it was very peaceful, even though it is near the college. It would have been helpful to have some more signs around to help let you know which way to go, but it was peaceful and calming for a Spring stroll.

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Reviewed 23 March 2017

I downloaded map of the garden from website. The paths could use a few "you are here signs". The students who answered my questions about directions were helpful and friendly

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Reviewed 5 March 2017

I went to college at Florida Tech several years ago. I revisited the campus last weekend. The Botanical Garden was one of my favorite places. It was nice to see that despite the school's expansion, they have not only kept this sanctuary, but enhanced it. I wish I lived closer so I could visit more often.

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Frederick, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

Lots of palm trees that are all labeled. A few aquatic features and many interesting plants. This is a great place to walk around for an hour. No guides or other material but you can wander around on your own and look around.

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Melbourne, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 February 2017

This was an outing that sorely disappointed. It was small and mudding with little vegetation. I am not sure if we visited the entire garden or not, but one really would not know with the lack of signage. Anyway, wouldn't recommend.

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Saint Cloud, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2017

We are from MN so it is fun to walk through the Botanical Garden when we are in Melbourne. Lots and Lots of native plants along the paths that run through the garden. Nearby is the art center which is also a fun place to stop.

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Rhinelander, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 January 2017

This is a lovely place to take a stroll but it is hard to find and even harder to find a place to park. We had to go into one of the administrative buildings for directions and drove several times around the parking lot before a spot opened up. Would love to go back when things are in bloom.

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Melbourne, Florida
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Reviewed 27 December 2016

this is on campus (i study at florida tech), very calm and serene, especially on holidays, and there are plenty of squirrels in the foliage, turtles and fish in the little streams and many places to sit and relax on the trail.

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West Bloomfield, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2016

For families, a quiet walk, romantic walk, meditation, The gardens are well maintained with both natural and man built paths.

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Melbourne, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 November 2016

I love this place you can walk through it by the college there, and you can also take your pro pictures here too for weddings and other fine events.

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