Things to Do
Parrot Jungle and Gardens
11000 SW 57 Avenue, Miami.
Adults $12.95; children $8.95.
An exotic bird sanctuary, wildlife habitat and botantical garden. Here you
will find 100's of varieties of birds and plants. Also, ape exhibits, wildlife
shows, and alligators.
12400 SW 152 Street, Miami.
Adults $8; children $4.
A giant zoo with more than 250 species and 60 major animal exhibits. The zoo
also has a wildlife amphitheater with three shows daily.
Miccosukee Indian Village
US 41 ( Tamiami Trail) West
Attractions include alligator wrestling, crafts, demonstartions, a small
museum featuring the history of the tribe, and airboats rides. Music and arts
festivals are held in July and December.
Museum of Science and Space Transit Planetarium
3280 S. Miami Ave
The exhibits on coral reefs and the Everglades here are especially
enlightening. There is also a participatory science arcade, a wildlife center
housing more than 150 live animals, and a natural history collection with
cases of fossils and butterflies. Kids love the hands on exhibits and
mini-shows. The Planetarium has several daily shows, explaining what's new in
Fairchild Tropical Garden
10901 Old Cutler Road, Miami.
Admission $8, children under 13 free.
An extensive botanical garden with a vast collection of rare tropical plants,
a rain forest display, and sunken garden.
4805 SW 216 Street, Miami.
Adults $11.50; Children 4-12 $6.
See a colony of monkeys living in a topical jungle. Shows are held throughout
the day. Shows include Wild Monkey Swimming Pool, Ape Encounter, and Hangin'
Historical Museum of South Florida
The excellent exhibits here chronicle the histories of the various groups that
have settled in the region. Numerous displays including a chickee hut, depict
Native American Life, while the Spanish exploration period comes alive through
the 17th-century maps and a mock fort that kids can climb.
28655 South Dixie Highway, Homestead.
Adults $7.75; children $5.
A coral wonder built by a single man over 30 years. Open daily from 9am to
4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne.
Adults $19.95. Children 3-9 $14.95.
Home to more than 10,000 sea creatures, a killer whale, and dolphin superstar
Flipper. South Florida's largest marine aquarium.
Bass Museum of Art
2121 Park Ave.
Classic Art Deco design, and constructed of Key stone, the exterior of this
building is adorned with carved nautical figures and features whimsical
touches inspired by traditional Maya architecture. The gems included within
the museum include works by Botticellie, Ghirlandaio, and Ruebens.
Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
3251 South Miami Avenue, Miami.
An Italian Renaissance style villa built in 1916 by James Deering. Over 10
acres of formal gardens and fountains. The house contains 34 rooms with
Everglades National Park
25 miles west of Miami on the Tamiami Trail.
Admission is $10 per car.
A 1.4 million acre park complete with endangered species and many species of
birds and animals. Boats tours are available.
Bahia Mar Yacht Basin in Fort Lauderdale on A1A, north of 17th Street
Sails to a tropical island for an all-you-can-eat dinner of ribs, shrimp and
chicken. The dinner is followed by a variety show and sing-along. Daily
sightseeing cruises are also available.
Art Deco District
New and restored buildings, cafes, hotels, carry the facades of bright pink,
turquois, and peach gleam in the sun. Take a wlak through the Revival-style
buildings, many containing electric boutiques and art galleries.
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