Situated on 444 acres overlooking Biscayne Bay is one of South Florida’s historic and cultural gems. Early 20th century businessman and philanthropist Charles Deering built a three-story stone mansion on the property, which is open for tours and often used for weddings and other events. A wooden structure known as the Richmond Cottage was moved there in 1922 and is also open to the public. One look at the extraordinary views of the bay from the mansion will help you understand why Deering chose this South Florida location. The grounds include what is thought to be the largest virgin coastal tropical hardwood hammock in the continental United States. Nature hikes, butterfly walks and canoe tours provide visitors with an opportunity to get close to nature, while a boardwalk allows easy access to a prehistoric Native American burial mound.