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.