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There really is nothing like the education you gain while traveling. Sometimes travel needs to be put aside. Traveling to Japan and indulging in its culture and traditions can be done without leaving South Florida. To help your “local travel” experience indulge in these 7 Things to Enjoy at Morikami Museum and Gardens.
7 Things to Enjoy at Morikami Museum and Gardens
For over 40 years Morikami has been sharing about Japanese culture in South Florida. The moment you step out of your car at the parking lot, you know you are in for a different South Florida experience. One thing is for certain: it will be enriching. What can you expect to enjoy? Many things, including these seven:
Peace and tranquility
The beautiful gardens have plenty of spots to sit back, relax, reflect and take it all in. Through a lush green Japanese garden, you will be educated on the different types of gardens and their evolution. If you are with kids, they will want to go quicker but I do encourage a minute to take in the bamboo garden. My little one loved the rock gardens where we had a meditative stop 🙂
Cool mom tip: there are alligators in the pond. They are just enjoying the gardens too so be alert but don’t be scared!
As a reward for your garden walking, there is a hands-on area where kids and grown-ups will learn about Japan and the way of life in Japan. You might come away saying some words in Japanese. I was all over the display on the Kit-Kat flavor craze in Japan and learning about the Japanese roots settled in Florida.
Bonsai and koi
As a Hote statue overlooked us, we fed the koi fish and the turtles in the pond. That added a new layer of zen to the Morikami afternoon. Bordering the pond there is a great exhibition of different types of bonsai trees. The native grape leave bonsai one caught our eye, and of course, now we want to have our own.
Cool mom tip: get the fish food at the lobby before you head to the gardens. There are fish food dispensers at the pond but they might be empty or out of order.
Museum and exposition
There is a small museum with charming pieces that talk about the tradition and millenary culture through art. Masks, paintings, and sculptures are featured as well as wooden painted prayer books which caught the imagination of my child.
To further discover the culture, we sat for lunch at the Japanese restaurant that overlooks the garden. The menu is varied and affordable. Do try the ice cream in wrapped in hardened sweet rice candy. Yummy!
Cool mom tip: there is an air-conditioned area if you are visiting in the hotter months.
Japanese tea ceremony
We missed this experience, but we will be back for it. Check for the times it is offered before you visit.
A gift shop with affordable prices is next to the museum. There are kimonos, sushi and sake sets as well as toys. Sadly no Japanese Kit-Kats. There is plenty to browse and choose from.
Enriching and Culturally Amazing
Above all, you will have a unique immersive experience that will take you to another land without the expense of a plane ticket! You will pair education to fun and discovery all in one. There are plenty of education to have and culture to enjoy. It is the perfect way to get the kids away from electronics for a couple of hours and take them on an expedition that seems miles away from our Florida home. Ready for the best Japanese culture experience in South Florida? What do you think you will enjoy the most of the 7 Things to Enjoy at The Morikami Museum and Gardens?
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