MonthJune 2020

FIT Botanical Gardens

On one of our adventures this week, we took the kids to the FIT Botanical Gardens. This is another great free place to spend a few hours, and it’s right on the campus of the Florida Institute of Technology!

Parking is located off of S. Babock Street. There are a few spots designated to the garden, so get their early to secure yourself a parking space. After parking, you walk down a large covered bridge to reach the garden. If you are visiting in the summer (as we were), make sure to bring your bug spray! It’s definitely humid and buggy in the gardens.

Garden Entrance

You can stop at one of the picnic tables here to have some lunch, and then start walking about the trails. There are several paved trails in the area with walks along a tiny stream. You’ll see a map posted near the entrance. You can view it on the bottom of this page as well.

FIT Botanical Gardens

Trails

Once you get on the paved trail, it walks you along a small stream where you can look for fish. There are a couple of opportunities to venture off the paved path to a wooded trail in the back, but it’s fairly overgrown. We enjoyed just staying on the path and taking in the scenery.

The path takes about 30 min to an hour to walk around. There are some pavilions along the trail that you can stop to take a rest. Also, there you will find a large courtyard area near the front of the gardens. The courtyard is laid with pavers and has a shaded pavilion and a pond as well.

FIT Botanical Garden pond and Courtyard

While we were stopped in the courtyard, the kids spotted more fish and a couple of yellow belly slider turtles as well. The turtle were very friendly!

Turtles in the Pond

When you make your way back towards the picnic tables by the entrance, you will notice a large building called the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts. The center was closed while we were visiting on a Sunday, but this is another free attraction that is right next to the garden. It offers different exhibits throughout the year.

So, we spent about an hour at the FIT botanical gardens. It was summer and we were hot! You could stay much longer in a nicer season. Also, here is a map of the gardens to guide you while walking around:

FIT Botanical Garden Map

If you’re looking for more to do tin the area, don’t miss our page on the Melbourne area to find some other budget friendly activities!

FIT Botanical Gardens
Website: https://www.fit.edu/garden/
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Phone: (321) 309-3836

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Obloy Family Ranch

This past Friday, we took our first trip to a local farm here on the East Coast. We love visiting new places! The farm was running a May special for $5 a person to visit their petting zoo, so we jumped on this opportunity!

The day started out with a couple pony rides ($5 a kid… but we splurged). At the front office, there is a store inside where you purchase your tickets, gifts, and food for the animals. We purchased a ticket for a hayride and petting zoo tour. Their May special was $5 a person.

Outside the office, there is a neat playground made of tires for the kids to use! They also have a restaurant with a full menu of food. There were plenty of chickens and an iguana for the kids to look at while we waited for the hayride that would take us back to the petting zoo area. Bonus… my kids each got to hold one of these cute baby chicks!!

We boarded the hayride pulled by a tractor, and a guide took us back to the petting zoo section of the farms. We also had bought some feed for the animals ($5-10), so that the kids could get the full experience.

The hayride took us back for a tour of the petting zoo. There were so many unique animals! We fed a camel…

We saw a kangaroo, a fox, baby zebra, minx, groundhogs, porcupines, and of course all the farm animals!

Here is my younger daughter holding a baby goat!! We also had the pleasure of being greeted by this huge Emu bird, who ate right out of our food bag!

They had goats, ducks, donkeys, and a peacock as well.

After the tour, which took about an hour, the hayride took us back to the main office area where we bought drinks and relaxed and pet some horses.

It was a great day at the farm! Here is the information about the place if you want to check it out!

Obloy Family Ranch
Website: https://www.obloyfamilyranch.com/
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Phone: (321) 848-2486

Don’t forget to check out our page on the Titusville area for more things to do in Florida!

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