Looking for Zen in Florida? Head south to Delray Beach and the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens.
The 200 acre property is named for George Sukeji Morikami, who moved to Palm Beach County in 1906. He and a small group of Japanese immigrants helped establish a farming community near present-day Boca Raton that they named Yamato.
The farming community eventually failed and the federal government took over the land during World War II. Morikami stayed in the area and became a successful farmer in the decades that followed. In the mid-1970s, Morikami donated his land to Palm Beach County with the wish that it be a cultural bridge between America and his homeland.
In addition to beautifully maintained gardens, there’s a large museum on property and several exhibits highlighting Japanese culture and the history of the Yamato Colony. The Morikami also hosts a number of special events during the year and has become a popular location for weddings and photography buffs.
The Morikami is open year-round.