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Parrot Jungle and Gardens
11000 SW 57 Avenue, Miami.
305-666-7834
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.

Metrozoo
12400 SW 152 Street, Miami.
305-638-6700
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
305-223-8380
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
305-854-4247
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 the heavens.

Fairchild Tropical Garden
10901 Old Cutler Road, Miami.
305-667-1651
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.

Monkey Jungle
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' Wild Orangs.

Historical Museum of South Florida
305-375-1492
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.

Coral Castle
28655 South Dixie Highway, Homestead.
305-248-6344
Adults $7.75; children $5.
A coral wonder built by a single man over 30 years. Open daily from 9am to 6pm.

Miami Seaquarium
4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne.
305-361-3705
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.
305-673-7533
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.
305-250-9133
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 antique furnishing.

Everglades National Park
25 miles west of Miami on the Tamiami Trail.
305-242-7700.
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.

Jungle Queen
Bahia Mar Yacht Basin in Fort Lauderdale on A1A, north of 17th Street Causeway.
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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