Just to try something a little different Telephoto Florida visited the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, Fl. This historical and cultural spot is definitely not known as a birding hot spot although it is just down the road a bit from the famous Wakodahatchee Wetlands.

The Morikami Museum and Gardens is a cultural arts center displaying the Japanese culture and it’s early role in the area.  The site sits on some 188 acres.  A serene winding path leads you through various magnificently manicured feature gardens inspired by some famous and historical gardens of Japan.  These include an early rock garden, and a dry landscape garden consisting of raked gravel.  The site also offers a beautiful man made waterfall.

In the middle of the site an island in the lake there is a replica Japanese schoolhouse.  This interactive exhibit offers a look at how the Japanese culture lived when they first settled in the area and through the changing times to the present day.  .

The museum consists of changing Japanese exhibits.  In the conference center is a large theater which shows a continuous playing film about the history of the founder.  There is a small gift shop which is worth visiting if only to see the various Japanese flavors of the popular Nestle's Kit Kat product.

  • Morikami Japanese Gardens
  • Morikami Japanese Gardens
  • Morikami Japanese Gardens
  • Morikami Japanese Gardens
  • Morikami Japanese Gardens
  • Morikami Japanese Gardens
  • Morikami Japanese Gardens
  • Morikami Japanese Gardens
  • Morikami Japanese Gardens
  • Morikami Japanese Gardens

  • Morikami Japanese Gardens
  • Morikami Japanese Gardens
  • Morikami Japanese Gardens
  • Morikami Japanese Gardens
  • Morikami Japanese Gardens
  • Morikami Japanese Gardens

The stroll through the gardens was relaxing and very enjoyable. Despite the lack of birds, the place was very photographic.  It was a nice change of pace and worth the visit.  Admission to the Gardens is $15 per adult and $9 for children (Free for under 5 years of age.)

Hours are 10 am to 5 pm 6 days per week.  They are closed Mondays  ­­  The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens are located at 4000 Morikami Park Rd. Delray Beach, FL 33446     http://morikami.org/