Things To Do In South Florida
There are so many wonderful things to do in South Florida that it's not possible to list them all. Here are some interesting suggestions when you holiday in that part of the Sunshine State. There are a wide variety of attractions in Florida that are enjoyable and educational.
- South Beach has become a sought after destination, especially for those who love a party atmosphere in Florida with the hip night clubs. The magnificent beach goes on for miles and offers many water sports in addition to sunbathing or swimming. An Art Deco Walking Tour takes you to a square mile with hundreds of colorful pastel buildings which have been restored to the grandeur of the 1930s and 1940s.
- Little Havana in the middle of Miami takes you through a storybook of old-time Cuba with Cuban coffee, hand-rolled cigars, meat and fruit markets, and a variety of authentic Cuban restaurants. Visit the Walk of the Stars which has given stars to Latin American artists, musicians, actors and writers. If you are there in March, attend the one-day "biggest street party in the country" and be part of a million people who celebrate at that time.
- Vizcaya in Miami, Florida is a very large European-style Mediterranean Renaissance estate that was built in the early 1900s as a winter home for James Deering. Daily tours take you through the gorgeous 34-room mansion and the magnificent formal gardens. This is a gorgeous setting for weddings and other gala events.
- Miami Seaquarium is on a tropical island of 38 acres. It has a dolphin and killer whale show, the sea lion show, a Flipper lagoon, marine life exhibits and swimming with the dolphins in Discovery Bay.
- Santa's Enchanted Forest in Kendall, South Miami, is only open from November to early January. If you are in the area at that time, you will be delighted with the world's largest Christmas carnival and theme park that features nine shows nightly, a 90-foot-tall Christmas tree, displays, games and three million lights.
- The Coral Castle south of Miami in Homestead is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is a coral rock creation that was hand built with 1100 tons of coral rock. As a monument to his lover, Ed Leedskalnin took almost 30 years to build this engineering marvel.
- The Everglades is a large swamp area west of Miami, Florida. Popular are airboat rides in the Everglades Safari Park through the sawgrass marshes, saltwater and freshwater ponds, and prairies with its myriad varieties of plants and wildlife such as alligators, crocodiles, manatees, dolphins and all types of fish. The Everglades National Park is the third largest national park in the United States. On the way there you can stop at the Miccosukee Indian Village and see how the Native Americans live.
- Key West is the southernmost point in the United States, especially at the corner of Whitehead and South Streets. Here you are closer to Cuba, which is 90 miles south, than you are to Miami, which is 150 miles north. The scuba diving is spectacular here.
- A Pieces of Eight Pirate Cruise, operated by the Westin Resort in Key West, is on a replica of a Spanish pirate ship. The crew is all dressed in pirate costumes and there is entertainment full of dance parties, games and secret maps and treasures.
- Take a Conch Tour Train to learn about the Key West Old Town's history and attractions in a 90-minute tour. The train is open-sided, so be aware of the weather.