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.flori­das­ 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. 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 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.frui­tand­spi­ 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.­er­tow­nair­ 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.­landqueen­ 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. la­so­las­gon­ 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. mi­ami­culi­nary­ 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.TourHeli­ North Perry Air­port, 603 SW 77th Way, Pem­broke Pines, 954.605.8155 or toll­free at 1.888.411.7687.

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