Learn about the culture of the unconquered Seminole Indians. Located on a 60-acre cypress hammock, more than one mile of boardwalk nature trails winds through ceremonial grounds and a living village.
Located 17 miles north of 1-75, exit 14. Big Cypress
Amelia Earhart Park
Explore 515 acres, including a freshwater lake, photo above, and the Bill Graham Farm Village (open 9a. m. to 4 p. m.), complete with a petting zoo and weekend pony and hayrides. The park also features Tom Sawyer’s Play Island, picnic pavilions, and bike and paddkboat rentals.
401 E. 65th St., Hialeah
Art Center – South Florida
Art Center provides work and exhibition space for more than 81 visual artists through its juried artists program. Art Studies in various media and artistic levels are available for all ages.
Galleries and studios are free to the public.
At 800, 810 and 924 Lincoln Road Miami Beach.
Eight hundred classic buildings, photo above, from the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s make up this historic area. Walking tours depart from the Art Deco Welcome Center (1001 Ocean Drive) every Thursday and Saturday. Miami Beach (305) 672-2014.
Biscayne National Underwater Park
With 181.000 acres of marine habitat, the park offers prime sightseeing for snorkelers and divers, and glass-bottom boat rides. Fast end of SW 328th St., nine miles east of Homestead (305) 230-1100.
Three acres of tropical gardens, photo below, house thousands of live, brilliantly colored butterflies. The natural habitat also includes a hummingbird aviary suspension bridge and museum. 3600 W Sample Road, Coconut Creek (954) 977-4400.
Church of St. Bernard de Clairvaux
Dating from 1141 and exemplifying early Gothic and Romanesque architecture, the church was brought to America by William Randolph Hearst in 1925.
It remained in crates until 1952 when it was erected in North Miami Beach. 16711 W Dixie Hwy, N. Miami Beach (305) 945-1461
This trendy and sparkling area, photo below, is full of galleries, theaters, night- clubs, fine restaurants. CocoWalk and Mayfair Shops. Beautiful Peacock Park and Kenneth Myers Park are along the waterfront. Very romantic place.
On Biscayne Bay bounded by S. Dixie Hwy. (Hwy, 1), S. Bayshore Drive and Douglas Road Coconut Grow.
This architectural curiosity of coral rock, built by Latvian immigrant Edward Leedskalnin between 1923 and 1951, is a national historic site. Open daily, 9 a. m. to 6 p. m. 28655 S.
Dixie Hwy. Homestead
Founded in the 1920s, Coral Gables features plazas, fountains. Roman-style arches and Cuban tile blended with lush foliage. The turreted Colonnade, Coral Gables Playhouse, University of Miami, exceptional dining, theaters and public golf courses make this a choice destination.
Bounded by Biccayne Bay Sunset Drive, Old Cutler Road Ponce de Leon and Red Road
Deering Estate at Cutler
Take a guided tour of more than 420 acres, including endangered natural areas and archaeological sites, with recreation facilities and a view of Biscaync Bay. The estate also boasts the historic Richmond Cottage, portions of which date back to 1896, and the Mediterranean Revival winter home of industrialist Charles Deering, completed in 1923.
Open daily from 10a. m. to 5 p. m. 16701 SW 72nd Ave. Miami
Everglades Alligator Farm
Airboat tours and shows featuring alligators, snakes and other wildlife educate visitors on the native land and species.
Open daily, 9 a. m. to 6 p. m. 40351 SW 192nd Ave
Everglades National Park
Covering 1.5 million acres of land and water, this habitat of tree islands, mangroves, coastal prairies and subtropical hammocks is fed by a 200-mile- long, 50-mile-wide river. Many native and endangered species call it home.
Fairchild Tropical Garden
This 83-acre paradise of tropical plants offers tram tours, miles of paths, a conservatory and museum. Open year round, 9:30 a. m. to 4:30 p. m. 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables.
Everglades and wildlife adventures begin with a tour through botanical gardens featuring a 200- year-old live oak hammock and some of Florida’s largest champion trees. From a 1-1/2 – mile tram ride, view Everglades, rain forests and citrus groves, with flamingos, alligators, river otters and birds of prey.
3750 Flamingo Road, Davie.
Fruit and Spice Park
More than 200 species and 500 varieties of fruits, spices, vegetables, herbs and nuts grow in natural splendor. There are more than 100 varieties of citrus alone, and visitors can sample the fallen fruit. Guided tours available. Open daily, 10a. m. to 5 p. m.
24801 SW 187th Ave., at SW 248th St.
Game Works Miami
Under the direction of Steven Spielberg, GameWorks was created to deliver the best social experience around games. Adults and families can interact in themed zones with the most technologically-advanced and classic video games, then combat their cravings in the bar/restaurant.
5701 Sunset Drive. Miami
Historic Arch Creek Park
Once occupied by the Tequesta Indians from 500 B. C. to 1300 A. D., this site now features a nature center and museum containing Tequesta and pioneer artifacts, plus miles of hiking trails. Open Monday through Saturday, 9a. m. to 5 p. m., with free nature walks through the hammocks and butterfly garden every Saturday from 9:30 to 11 am.
1855 NE 135 St., North Miami
Historic Cauley Square Village Shops
Fake a nostalgic glimpse of old Florida, including quaint gardens and cottages built by pioneers who helped Henry Flagler build his “Overseas highway” to Key West. In the vintage shops, you’ll find everything from country crafts to fine art.
22400 Old Dixie Hwy. South Miami.
The Historical Museum of Southern Florida
Archaeological artifacts, historical objects and archival materials document, photo above, the continuous settlement of Florida, from the Native Americans to today’s multicultural population. There are also multimedia presentations and hands-on experienccs for kids.
Miami-Dade Cultural Center 10/ W Flagler. St., Miami.
Hollywood Seminole Gaming
In the spirit of Las Vegas, this casino is open 24 hours. Try your luck at one of 550 gaming machines. 48 tables of round-the-clock poker or High Stakes Bingo.
4150 N. State Road 7, west -of I-95 at SW 441 Sterling Road Hollywood
A touching tribute to the millions of Jewish victims of Nazi terrorism before and during World War II, this monument chronicles images of the death camps.
1933 Meridian Ave. at Dade Blvd, Miami Beach
IMAX® Theater at Sunset Place
Imagine walking through the Grand Canyon, traveling across an African desert or exploring space without leaving your seat. With a six-story screen and 12,000-watt, wraparound IMAX® Digital Sound System, it’s the ultimate film adventure.
19501 Biscayne Blvd, Adventura Fl
Experience the boardwalk, bird refuge and beaches at Crandon Park (4000 Crandon Blvd), Cape Florida lighthouse at bill Baggs Cape Florida State Recreation Area (1200 S. Crandon Blvd.), windsurfing a Hobie beach, golf and tennis at Crandon Park Golf Course at Key Biscayne.
Rickenbacker Cswy. east to Crandon Blvd.
Key West (Hotels)
This island, photo above, has long attracted artists, writers and notable personalities. Harry Truman escaped to his getaway house, and Ernest Hemingway lived and worked here. The Key West Lighthouse Museum tower (938 Whitehead St.) provides great views.
Take 1-95 to the Florida Keys.
Lion Country Safari
This world-famous drive-through preserve has more than 1,200 wild animals roaming freely around your vehicle. Open daily, 9:30 a. m. to 4:30 p. m.
18 miles west of I-95 on Southern Blvd (exit 50), or take the Florida Turnpike to exit 93 or 99, turn west, follow the signs.
Immigrants from Central and South America inhabit this 30-block area. Best seen on foot, this colorful neighborhood has nightclubs, parks, cigar factories and fruit stands. Sample the many flavors of culinary traditions – Cuban, as well as Mexican, Peruvian and Nicaraguan – at local restaurants.
Not advisable in the evening
Bound by NW 7th and SW 17th Sts. SW 27th Ave. and the Miami River, take Rte. 836 to 1-95 south to SW 7th St.
Miami Beach Botanical Garden
View 4-acres of tropical plants, photo above, in the heart of Miami Beach. Open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a. m. to 5 p. m.; Saturday, 8:30 a. m. to 4 p. m.; Sunday, noon to 4 p. m. 2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach
Expansive habitats feature 236 species of animals roaming more than 290 acres. Also see wildlife shows, a petting zoo and Komodo dragon exhibit.
12400 SW 152nd St. Miami
Miami Museum of Science and Space Transit Planetarium
This complex houses hands-on exhibits and interactive displays of computers, electricity and anatomy, as well as daily star and laser shows in the planetarium. South Florida’s largest natural history collection and a wildlife center are also here.
3280 S. Miami Ave., Coconut Grove
Home to more than 10.000 living sea and rain forest creatures, including sharks, reptiles, sea turtles and many endangered species. Shows feature Salty the sea lion, Flipper the dolphin and Lolita the killer whale, photo above. Open daily, 9:30 a. m. to 6 p. m. 4400 Rickenbacker Causeways Key Biscayne
Miccosukee Indian Gaming
This center offers video games, poker, lightning lotto and bingo.
Historical exhibits, guided walks. airboat tours and alligator shows.
West of the Turnpike on SW 8th St. and Krome Ave. Miami
A protected habitat where simians roam freely. Daily shows. Open 9:30a. m. to 5 p. m. 14805
SW 216th St., Miami
Parrot Jungle and Gardens
This one-of-a-kind bird sanctuary, wildlife habitat and botanical garden has provided family fun for more than 60 years. Free-flying macaws, flamingos, baby apes, alligators, giant tortoises and other exotic animals strut their stuff for the public.
Trained bird and tropical wildlife shows daily.
11000 SW57th Ave. Miami
Absolutely one of the hottest areas, teeming with nightclubs, discos and restaurants, and a mecca for Miami’s gay community. Sightseeing options: the Art Deco District with the sparkling Ocean Drive, the Bass Museum of Art, the romantic Espanola Way and Lincoln Road with restaurants, cafè and very nice boutiques.
A natural quarry swimming pool, this historic landmark has caves, stone bridges and waterfalls. Closed from September 8, 2008 through April 30, 2009 for major renovations.
2701 DeSoto Blvd., Coral Gables
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
Chicago industrialist James Deering’s winter home, built in 1916, photo above, is a tribute to Italian Renaissance architecture and art. The rooms are adorned with decor and furnishings that span 400 years. Now a museum with more than 10 acres of gardens, the villa recalls a quieter South Florida. 3251 S. Miami Ave, Biscayne Bay.
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