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CO­RAL CAS­TLE MU­SEUM— Ed­ward Leed­skalnin built his Co­ral Cas­tle in se­cret leav­ing sci­en­tists, en­gi­neers, schol­ars baf­fled since 1932. See a hand-carved nine-ton gate, a Po­laris tele­scope, the world’s only sun­dial with sea­sons. Span­ning 28 years in the mak­ing, Ed built Co­ral Cas­tle at night se­cretly with­out any help. No one knows how he ex­ca­vated, carved and placed 1,100 tons of co­ral in the large open area. His cre­ation has been com­pared to the Egyp­tian pyra­mids and Stone­henge. Su-Th 8 am- 6 pm, F-Sa 8 am- 8 pm. www.coral­cas­tle.com. 28655 S. Dixie High­way, Miami, 305.248.6345. FLAMINGO GARDENS— This 60-acre, non-profit botan­i­cal gar­den and wildlife sanc­tu­ary fea­tures thou­sands of rare, ex­otic and na­tive plants, some of Florida’s largest and old­est trees, and over 90 species of Florida na­tive an­i­mals. Spot al­li­ga­tors, ea­gles, ot­ters, pan­thers, bob­cats, a black bear and of course, flamin­gos. Or travel back and see what Old Florida was like by vis­it­ing the his­toric 1930s Wray Home Mu­seum. www.flamin­gog­a­r­dens.org. 3750 S. Flamingo Road, Davie, 954.473.2955. IN­TER­NA­TIONAL SWIM­MING HALL OF FAME MU­SEUM & AQUATIC COM­PLEX— This swim­ming and div­ing fa­cil­ity is open for lap swim­ming and wa­ter aer­o­bics and is host to na­tional and in­ter­na­tional aquatic com­pe­ti­tions. A mu­seum houses 10,000 square feet of Olympic mem­o­ra­bilia from more than 100 na­tions, hon­or­ing the world’s great­est aquatic stars. There are also aquatic mas­ter­pieces by ar­ti­sans Leroy Nie­man and Dau­mier. www.ishof.org. One Hall of Fame Drive, Fort Laud­erdale, 954.462.6536.

JUNGLE IS­LAND— Min­gle with birds, mon­keys and some of the world’s rarest crea­tures in a trop­i­cal jungle set­ting. Jungle Is­land is home to an­i­mal won­ders in­clud­ing lov­able lemurs from Mada­gas­car, the only tame cas­sowary on the planet, twin orang­utans Peanut and Pump­kin, and Aus­tralian red kan­ga­roos. From ex­cit­ing shows and ed­u­ca­tional camps to in­ter­ac­tive VIP an­i­mal en­coun­ters, en­joy closerthan-ever ac­cess to wildlife. Ad­mis­sion $34.95 for adults and $26.95 for chil­dren (ages 3-10). M-F, 10 am-5 pm; Sa-Su, 10 am- 6 pm. www.jun­gleis­land. com. 1111 Par­rot Jungle Trail, Miami , 305.400.7000. JUPITER INLET LIGHT­HOUSE & MU­SEUM— Lo­cated in Light­house Park, Jupiter Inlet Light­house and Mu­seum of­fers climb­ing tours of the land­mark 1860 light­house. The mu­seum (re­stored WWII build­ing) ex­hibits “Five Thou­sand Years on the Lox­a­hatchee” and out­door ex­hibits in­clude the Oil House & Keep­ers Work­shop, Tin­dall Pi­o­neer Home­stead, Semi­nole Chic­kee. En­joy shop­ping at the nau­ti­cal mu­seum-themed gift shop for me­men­tos and sou­venirs. The Jupiter Inlet Light­house is listed on the Na­tional Reg­is­ter of His­toric Places and is part of the 120-acre fed­er­ally des­ig­nated, Jupiter Inlet Light­house Out­stand­ing Nat­u­ral Area. www.jupiterlight­house. org. 500 Cap­tain Ar­mour’s Way, Jupiter, 561.747.8380. MIAMI AUTO MU­SEUM AT THE DEZER COL­LEC­TION— The Miami Auto Mu­seum at the Dezer Col­lec­tion Mu­seum and Pav­il­ion fea­tures more than 1,000 of the most unique ve­hi­cles held in any pri­vate col­lec­tion. The mu­seum’s eight ex­hi­bi­tions de­pict the his­tory of au­to­mo­biles, from mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles to Euro­pean clas­sics and mo­tor­cy­cles, there’s some­thing for ev­ery car en­thu­si­ast— both young and old. In ad­di­tion to the ex­hi­bi­tions, the mu­seum’s 75,000 square foot venue is per­fect for host­ing grand events. www.dez­er­col­lec­tion. com. 2000 NE 146 St., North Miami, 305.354.7680. MIAMI SEAQUARIUM— Go to Miami Seaquarium for a won­der­ful day of fam­ily fun, ex­cit­ing shows, great ex­hibits and en­joy­able, ed­u­ca­tional pre­sen­ta­tions in a beau­ti­fully land­scaped marine-life en­ter­tain­ment park on 38 acres over­look­ing Bis­cayne Bay. En­ter­tain­ment is in­cluded in the price of ad­mis­sion. Swim with dolphins at Dol­phin Har­bor, the home of the dol­phin­in­ter­ac­tion pro­gram. Open daily, 10 am- 6 pm. Food out­lets and gift shops are avail­able through­out the park. En­joy the newer Sea Trek Reef En­counter, an un­der­wa­ter walking jour­ney through a 300,000-gal­lon trop­i­cal reef. www.mi­amiseaquar­ium.com. 4400 Rick­en­backer Cause­way, 305.361.5705. MICCOSUKEE IN­DIAN VIL­LAGE— Gain valu­able in­sight into the rich cul­ture, life­style and his­tory of the Miccosukee In­dian Tribe as you ob­serve its mem­bers par­tak­ing in the art of wood­work, bead­work, patch­work, bas­ket weav­ing and doll mak­ing. View his­tor­i­cal ar­ti­facts, paint­ings and his­tor­i­cal pho­to­graphs at the Miccosukee Mu­seum. Found just 30 min­utes west of the Florida Turn­pike, in the heart of the beau­ti­ful Florida Ever­glades at Mile Marker 70. Open seven days a week 8 am to 6 pm. www. miccosukee.com. U.S. 41 Tami­ami Trail, Miami, 305.552.8365.

SCHNEBLY RED­LAND’S WIN­ERY— From the own­ers of Miami Brew­ing Com­pany, Schnebly Win­ery in the Red­lands of South Miami-Dade, is a boutique win­ery spe­cial­iz­ing in ex­quis­ite trop­i­cal wines made from ex­otic fruits like, av­o­cado, caram­bola, guava, ly­chee, mango, pas­sion fruit and more. Schnebly’s is set amid a lush trop­i­cal gar­den com­plete with wa­ter­falls, elab­o­rate tikis and a 5,000 square foot re­tail cen­ter fea­tur­ing their full line of trop­i­cal wines. www.schnebly­win­ery.com. 30205 SW 217th Ave., Home­stead, 305.242.1224. WYN­WOOD ART DIS­TRICT— Since 2009, the Wyn­wood Art Dis­trict has been trans­form­ing a for­mer ware­house dis­trict into a work of beau­ti­ful local art. The area is now home to more than 100 art gal­leries, re­tail stores and bars, and fea­tures one of the world’s largest open-air street-art in­stal­la­tions. As the area has in­tro­duced art walks and the in­cred­i­bly pop­u­lar Art Basel fair, it has ex­pe­ri­enced rapid growth as Miami’s al­ter­na­tive nightlife spot. Bars and restau­rants line the streets and pour out vis­i­tors and lo­cals alike ev­ery daythere is al­ways so much to see and do. www.wyn­wood­mi­ami.com. 2516 NW 2nd Ave., Miami. ZOO MIAMI— Rated a Top 10 zoo in the U.S. and a Top 20 Zoo in the world by TripAd­vi­sor, Zoo Miami fea­tures more than 3,000 crea­tures that squawk, slither and swing from branches. Miami’s big zoo of­fers in­ter­ac­tive op­por­tu­ni­ties like gi­raffe, par­rot and rhino feed­ing and rides. Guests can also take a guided tram tour, cruise through on four-wheeled sa­fari cy­cles, or rent a pedal boat at the lake. Daily ad­mis­sion $21.95 for adults and $17.95 for chil­dren 3-12. Open ev­ery­day of the year, 10 am-5 pm. www.zoo­mi­ami.org. 12400 SW 152nd St., Miami, 305.251.0400.

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