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The Botanic Garden in Río Piedras, which was founded in 1970, is home to over 36,000 Puerto Rican endemic species of flora and fauna and serves as a living laboratory for the studies of national and international scientists, professors and students, but also as an ideal place to spend a day together with one’s friends and family.
Although the Botanic Garden is located right in the center of San Juan, it is a place of recreation and relaxation. It has areas of dense vegetation, but also big lawns on which you can have a picnic. There are even roofed spaces, which can also be rented exclusively for private festivities.
In the garden you can encounter impressive animals of all kinds, which is equally interesting for adults and children. You can feed turtles, fish and ducks, or see iguanas moving about freely through the Botanic Garden, so that you get a chance to watch them from up close when they are searching for food.
The Botanic Garden is created with a view to merging scientific and educational aims with everyday Puerto Rican culture. Through the combination of these two aspects the garden has become an important part of the community, enriching the community’s cultural life as a venue for musical concerts, recitals, festivals, guided tours, conferences and other recreational activities. In 1992 and 1996, for example, the University of Puerto Rico chose the Botanic Garden as a location for celebrating sculpture symposiums. These symposiums inspired the establishment of the Sculpture Garden in the Botanic Garden. The garden holds an invaluable art collection including works by 12 renowned artists from Puerto Rico and Hispanic America.
It is an place in which residents as well as tourists are invited to experience nature and enjoy the tropical flora in the San Juan metropolitan area.