Florida is wanderlust paradise, and we’re not talking about thrilling rides and pretty beaches. There are some hidden gems around the Sunshine State that even only a few locals know about. The hidden oasis of Redland Koi Gardens in southern Florida is one such spot, and it deserves a spot on your bucket list.

Family owned and operated, this little piece of Shangri-La only totals 2.5 acres, but every inch is simply magical. Not only will you find Florida natives like towering oaks, but exotic plant specimens from all over the world, and koi fish straight from Nigata, Japan.

Wandering the southern gardens makes you feel like you’ve stepped into the Land of the Rising Sun, while over a hundred Longan trees from Thailand provide a green canopy of shade.

Unsurprisingly, the venue is often booked for weddings, private parties, and photography shoots. You can request a tour of the area right here on their website.

Find peace under a romantic gazebo, wander beneath delicate paper lanterns, or descend to a koi pond down a flight of wooden stairs. Everywhere you look, there’s something new and magical to see.

From stunning florals to the sounds of fresh water, and vibrant koi, you won’t want to forget your camera on this trip.

If you’ve fallen in love with the colorful koi and decided that they are exactly what your backyard needs, you can also find them for sale here.

Imported from some of Japan’s best breeders, you’ll have plenty of colorful species to choose from.

If you need a little help with building your own pond, they have you covered on that too. 

Now you can take a mini trip to Japan without ever leaving Florida.

Redland Koi Garden

Address: 25600 S.W. 147 Ave., Homestead, FL

Why You Need To Go: Get to Japan for the day without all the added travel time and fees!

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