The new Butterfly Conservatory at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables) is open, offering you a peaceful respite from the daily grind with a mere stroll through the facility.
Even in our warm-weather haven, it's hard to find wildlife. (Pigeons and seagulls don't count.) At the Conservatory, you'll step into a tropical dreamland that's teeming with butterflies, palms, and every other tree and plant native to Miami. After you walk through the garden, stop at Glass House Café, Fairchild's new eatery, which serves locally grown and organic food.
Fairchild is open seven days a week, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tickets cost $25 for adults, $18 for seniors (65 and older), and $12 for kids (ages 6 to 17). Children 6 and younger and Fairchild members get in free. Call 305-667-1651 or visit fairchildgarden.org.