Travel Guide to Florida - - SOUTHEAST FLORIDA -

Cul­tural and art in­sti­tu­tions dot the coast of South­east Florida and brim with one-of-akind fea­tures, com­bin­ing eco beauty, rich his­tory and unique works of art.

Worth a visit ev­ery time you ex­plore Key West, the Ernest Hem­ing­way Home & Mu­seum, Harry S. Tru­man Lit­tle White House and Audubon House & Trop­i­cal Gar­dens are cul­tural main­stays. Tour the Key West Art & His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety’s new per­ma­nent ex­hibit at Fort East Martello Mu­seum to view more than 100 sculp­tures cre­ated by the late Key Largo folk artist, Stan­ley Pa­pio, whose works are ac­claimed for their in­ven­tive­ness and hu­mor. In Is­lam­orada, the Third Thurs­day Art­walk fea­tures artists, ven­dors and en­ter­tain­ment.

As the home of Art Basel Mi­ami Beach, the world’s most prom­i­nent an­nual art fair held in De­cem­ber, Mi­ami-Dade County boasts a va­ri­ety of op­por­tu­ni­ties to ex­pe­ri­ence lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional art. For highly ac­claimed per­form­ing arts and Broad­way-style shows, head to the Adri­enne Ar­sht Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts. Stroll down the street-art-clad av­enues in the Wyn­wood Arts District, home to an abun­dant col­lec­tion of lo­cal gal­leries as well as Tony Gold­man’s pop­u­lar Wyn­wood Walls. In down­town Mi­ami, water­front Mu­seum Park boasts the Pérez Art Mu­seum Mi­ami, a highly re­garded in­sti­tu­tion of­fer­ing a taste of mod­ern ar­chi­tec­ture and in­tel­lec­tu­ally stim­u­lat­ing ex­hibits. There’s also the Bass Mu­seum of Art in Mi­ami Beach, which re­opened in the fall of 2017. For a dif­fer­ent, but mem­o­rable, ex­pe­ri­ence, visit the Holo­caust Me­mo­rial in Mi­ami Beach or the Holo­caust Doc­u­men­ta­tion & Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­ter in Da­nia Beach.

Fort Laud­erdale has plenty of mu­se­ums, gal­leries and per­form­ing arts in­sti­tu­tions to visit. Lo­cated on bustling Las Olas Boule­vard, where shop­ping and din­ing abound, the NSU Art Mu­seum of Fort Laud­erdale is the per­fect place to view more than 7,000 works by artists like Pablo Pi­casso, Ge­orge Bel­lows and Diego Rivera. Chil­dren and adults alike love the Young At Art Mu­seum in Davie. The LEED-cer­ti­fied 55,000-square-foot fa­cil­ity in­spires, ed­u­cates and en­ter­tains all ages with in­ter­ac­tive ex­hibits, as well as fun art classes and camps.

The Cul­tural Coun­cil of Palm Beach County pro­motes a wide range of the­ater, dance, art, mu­sic and his­tory in what’s known as Florida’s Cul­tural Cap­i­tal. Lo­cated in the pop­u­lar Mizner Park, the Boca Ra­ton Mu­seum of Art houses an ar­ray of con­tem­po­rary and mod­ern art col­lec­tions. For a unique taste of Ja­panese arts with the pic­ture-per­fect Florida back­drop, visit the Morikami Mu­seum and Ja­panese Gar­dens in Del­ray Beach. Other gar­dens wor­thy of ex­plo­ration in­clude the Ann Nor­ton Sculp­ture Gar­den, the Four Arts Botan­i­cal Gar­den and the Mounts Botan­i­cal Gar­den.

The Nor­ton Mu­seum of Art in West Palm Beach is one of the most renowned art mu­se­ums in Florida, fea­tur­ing ac­claimed ex­hi­bi­tions, pro­grams and a per­ma­nent col­lec­tion. And, dat­ing back to 1902, White­hall, Henry Fla­gler’s Gilded Age es­tate in Palm Beach, is a Na­tional His­toric Land­mark and open to the pub­lic as the Fla­gler Mu­seum, fea­tur­ing guided tours, chang­ing ex­hibits and spe­cial pro­grams. For en­ter­tain­ing shows from elegant bal­lets to Broad­way mu­si­cals, visit the Kravis Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts, the Wick The­atre & Cos­tume Play­house and Palm Beach Dra­ma­works.

For some­thing more in­ti­mate, but just as impressive, look up the play­bill for the Maltz Jupiter The­ater in Jupiter.

LEFT: Ernest Hem­ing­way’s stu­dio at the Ernest Hem­ing­way Home & Mu­seum in Key West.

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