BILL BAGGS CAPE FLORIDA STATE PARK— This natural paradise, located at the tip of the Key Biscayne, boasts 1.25 miles of white-sand beachfront. Rent small watercraft and bicycles. Free tours of the historic Cape Florida Lighthouse at 10 am and 1 pm daily. A café and a gift shop are also available. Open Th-M 9 am-5 pm. $8 per vehicle with up to eight occupants, limit 2-8 people/ vehicle, $4-$6 per single occupant vehicle, $2 per single pedestrian and bicyclist. www.floridastateparks.org. 1200 S. Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne, 305.361.5811. BISCAYNE NATIONAL PARK— In the crystalline waters of this marine park, observe the coral reefs, sponges, exotic fish and sea animals. The park’s 173,000 acres extend almost to the southern tip of Key Biscayne, close to downtown Miami. Snorkeling, diving and glass-bottom-boat excursions depart regularly. Visitor center opens 7 am-5:30 pm daily. Directions: Take Florida’s Turnpike south to Homestead extension, Exit 6 (Speedway Blvd.), left to SW 328th St. (North Canal Drive), then left to end of road. www.nps.gov/ bisc. 9700 SW 328th St., Homestead. Visitor Center: 305.230.7275. Reservations: 305.230.1100. EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK— Lose yourself in the park’s vast sawgrass prairies and deep mangrove swamps. Enjoy backcountry cruises, bicycling, camping, canoeing, fishing, selfguided boat tours, tram tours and wildlife observations. Open 24 hours year-round. Visitor Center open daily 9:15 am-5:15 pm. Admission $20 per vehicle and $8 per pedestrian and cyclist. An annual pass is available for $40 and includes unlimited admission to the park. Shark Valley entrance is on US 41 ( Tamiami Trail), 35 miles west of downtown Miam www.nps.gov. 40001 S.R. 9336, Homestead, 305.242.7700. FRUIT & SPICE PARK— Established in 1944, the Fruit and Spice Park is a tropical paradise with more than 500 varieties of exotic fruits, herbs, spices, and nuts from throughout the world. Open daily 10 am-5 pm; Guided tours daily 11 am, 1:30 pm and 3 pm. Regular admission: Adults, $8, children (6-11) $2. www.fruitandspicepark.org. 24801 SW 187 Ave., Homestead, 305.247.5727.
of the Everglades National Park covering 7 to 8 miles. Private tours available. For an after-tour snack, try the delicacies served up at the Coopertown Restaurant like frog legs, gator tail, catfish and more. Open every day from 9 am to 5:50 pm. www.coopertownairboats.com. 22700 SW 8th St., Miami, 305.226.6048. ISLAND QUEEN CRUISES— Sit back, relax and enjoy a sightseeing cruise along scenic Biscayne Bay. See Miami’s spectacular coastall sites including the beautiful Downtown Miami skyline, PortMiami, Fisher Island, Miami Beach and “Millionaire’s Row”— home to the rich and famous. www.islandqueencruises.com. Located at Bayside Marketplace, 401 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305.379.5119. LAS OLAS GONDOLA TOURS— Authentic gondola tours for history enthusiasts and romantics alike with imported Venetian gondolas for hire in the heart of the “Venice of America.” Tours are always private. Call for reservations, rates and pick-up locations. www. lasolasgondola.com. Fort Lauderdale, 800.277.1390; 201.919.1999. MIAMI CULINARY TOURS— Miami Culinary Tours offers various food tours where you can explore the history, culture and diversity of Miami’s culinary scene. The South Beach Food Tour has been rated among the best tours by travelers on Trip Advisor. The company also offers food tours of Little Havana and Wynwood. For more information, visit website or call 786.942.8856. www. miamiculinarytours.com. TOUR HELICOPTER— Get an osprey’s view of the white sands and turquoise waters off Miami Beach. Or, fly like an eagle above the Everglades’ “River of Grass.” Located at North Perry Airport in the heart of the Greater MiamiFort Lauderdale area, Global Air is one of South Florida’s more thrilling attractions and a leading provider of guaranteed, fixed-pricing helicopter tours. Gift certificates, hotel transportation and other aerial services are also available, including aerial photography and flight training. Hotel transportation available. www.TourHelicopter.com. North Perry Airport, 603 SW 77th Way, Pembroke Pines, 954.605.8155 or tollfree at 1.888.411.7687.