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Cape Florida Lighthouse
Off US Highway 1 on the southeast tip of Key Biscayne just south of Miami Beach.
For more information call the Bill Baggs Cape Florida Recreation Area, (305) 361-5811.
Located on the southeast tip of Key Biscayne, the Cape Florida Lighthouse is the oldest surviving lighthouse in Florida. Established in 1825 to mark the Florida Reefs for ships entering Biscayne Bay, the lighthouse sits on the closest point of land to the Gulf Stream. The original tower was destroyed in 1836 during the Second Seminole War. The new tower was not completed until 1845 due to hostile Indian activity. Originally 65 feet high, the tower was raised to 95 feet in 1855. During the Civil War the lighthouse lamp was destroyed by a band of marauders believed to be Confederate soldiers. The lighthouse went out of active service in 1878 but was relit in 1978 and today is open to the public. The restored Keeper's Cottage houses a museum.

Everglades National Park
40001 State Road 9336
Homestead, Florida 33034

If you're in the Everglades area for the canoeing or other water action, why not take advantage also of the extensive biking trails in the area? In fact, Everglades National Park allows biking along the main park roads, on the Shark Valley tram road, on the Old Ingraham Highway, on Long Pine Key Nature Trail, and on the Snake Bight and Rowdy Bend trails at Flamingo. Much of it gives you plenty of miles to pedal on: Miami-Dade Parks' 14-miles bike hike along the Long Pine Key path traverses pineland and prairie habitat. Keep an eye out for alligators slumbering along the sides of many of these trails--they may be more alert than they seem. And if you're a competitive-minded biker up for an local event while visiting Miami, then mark your calendar and get ready for the MS 150/Breakaway to Key Largo Bike Tour which heads south every year at the end of April, starting from the Miami Metro Zoo and ending up down in the Keys. more > >

Hialeah Park
Hialeah Park contains one of horse racings oldest and most prominent tracks. Built in 1925 as a resort facility, the park was modeled after European racing sites such as Longchamps in France and several notable tracks in England. Bought in 1930 by Joseph Widener, the park was redesigned and includes a Renaissance Revival clubhouse, associated buildings and formal landscaped gardens of flora and fauna native to southern Florida. The park has a lake with several islands inhabited by large flocks of pink flamingos. Hialeah Park has become so famous for these birds that it has been officially designated a sanctuary for the American Flamingo by the Audubon Society. The racetrack and associated buildings are among the oldest existing recreational facilities in southern Florida. Originally built to attract the rich and famous who rode special trains to the park from Palm Beach, Hialeah Park has contributed to the development and popularization of southern Florida as a winter resort.
Hialeah Park is in the City of Hialeah (NW of Miami) and is bounded by East 32nd Street, East 4th Avenue (Flamingo Way), the Florida East Coast Railroad and Palm Avenue.

Historical Museum of Southern Florida
101 W. Flagler Street
Miami, Florida 33130

Miami Metro Zoo Miami Metro Zoo
12400 SW 152nd Street
Miami, Florida 33177

Miami Museum of Science
3280 S. Miami Avenue
Miami, Florida 33129
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1-305-646-4200 Museum
1-305-646-4400 Planetarium

    Every Wednesday through September 1 - Senior Summer Science Series at the Miami Science Museum

    A perfect way to start your Wednesday. Get the latest in science and technology straight from the experts in the field in an easy-to-follow lecture geared towards senior citizens. Then, enjoy breakfast before joining Museum staff for related hands-on demonstrations and tours. This week's event features globally renowned marine geologist, Dr. Robert Ginsburg, who has been funded extensively by National Geographic and other funding agencies, presenting an illustrated comparison of coral reefs and cities that reveals remarkable functional similarities. Join us for a great lecture, fun activities, and delicious breakfast.

    Date: Every other Wednesday, continuing June 9th and concluding September 1st
    Time: 10:30 AM- 12:00 PM
    Speakers and Topics:

    September 1: Roberto Torres, speaker from the Nature Conservatory, topic TBA. Mr. Torres, MA is a Field Representative at The Nature Conservancy.

    Join Roberto Torres as he presents on The Nature Conservancy's (TNC) involvement in Everglades Restoration. In his presentation he will explicate the wetlands restoration project in the South Dade area, an area that houses a huge portion of costal wetlands with mangrove habitat. The various restoration projects in this area are intended to restore natural water flows to these mangrove areas. His presentation will answer the questions: what is being done? and why do we need to do it?

    If you have any questions, you can contact Melanie Abril, Visitor Experience Facilitator, at 305.646.4236 or

Residents of Miami-Dade County and the City of Miami will be given free admission to the Museum with proof of address (driver's license, voter registration or light bill) on designated days and times (weekdays in September from 3-6 p.m. daily, excluding the Labor Day holiday). One proof of address is valid for up to four immediate family members. Offer only valid during designated MiaSci Community Days.

Miami Seaquarium
4400 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, Florida 33149
Miami Seaquarium opens daily at 9:30 am - 365 days a year

Monkey Jungle
14805 SW 216th Street
Miami, Florida 33170

Jungle Island
1111 Parrot Jungle Way
Miami, Florida 33132
See three spectacular shows: Winged Wonders, our world famous bird show; Reptiles of the Jungle, which includes cold-blooded reptiles that will send chills down your spine; and Tale of the Tiger with awesome tigers and much more.

If that's not enough, encounter exotic animals, like our twin orangutans; our Liger, he's part lion and part tiger, and many more fantastic exhibits and events.

Visit with our new Red Kangaroos and see our South African Penguins! Come welcome our new Loveable Lemurs, from Madagascar. For hands-on activities, visit our Petting Barn, feed our birds; and don't forget to ask about our VIP Safari Tours, Lemur Experience and Penguin Encounters! These are hands on, face to face experiences with incredible animals.

Open Daily 10am - 6 pm; 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami on Macarthur Causeway between Miami Beach and Downtown Miami

Venetian Pool
2701 DeSoto Boulevard - Coral Gables
Originally a rock quarry, the Venetian Pool is situated in a residential area of Coral Gables. Used as a source of coral rock for construction during the early years of Coral Gables, the quarry was later turned into a public pool. Coral Gables Corporation architect Phineas E. Paist and artistic advisor Denman Fink designed a pool inspired by the lagoons of Venice. The Venetian Pool was completed in 1924. The pool is surrounded by several Spanish style buildings, a garden patio and a grotto. The grotto is carved from the coral rock of the quarry walls with waterfalls, a cave and a rock diving platform. Spanning one section of the pool is a Venetian style bridge leading to an artificial island with large palm trees. The terra cotta roof tiles, observation towers and loggias of the pool's buildings continue a tradition of Mediterranean-inspired design found throughout Coral Gables.

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
3251 S. Miami Avenue
Miami, Florida 33129
Modeled after a lavish Italian Renaissance style palace, Vizcaya was built in 1916 as the winter residence of industrialist James Deering. The estate is located on the west shore of Biscayne Bay and is operated as a decorative arts museum by the Dade County Park and Recreation Department. Vizcaya is famous for its fantastically decorated rooms filled with antiques ranging from the 15th through the early 19th centuries and for its ornamental ironwork, particularly the front gate, created by Samuel Yellin. The estate is also well known for its formal gardens inspired by Italian Renaissance palace gardens. Among the many gardens at Vizcaya are the walled Secret Garden, the large Formal Garden with elaborately clipped low hedges; the Theatre Garden, a small garden in the form of an Italian outdoor theatre; and the Fountain Garden, a large circular garden with a 16th century fountain at its center. Also of note are the Casino, a loggia or open summer retreat at the southern end of the garden; the Mount, an artificial hill with man made shell lined grottoes in the front and back; a latticed Tea House on one end of the sea wall and a breakwater built in the shape of a large stone barge. Local building materials were used throughout the house and grounds and several prominent artists contributed to the overall decoration of the estate.

Miami Boat Show
The Miami International Boat Show is a spectacular five-day sports event in Miami. Hotel rooms up and down the Florida east coast will be packed with boating enthusiasts, as tens of thousand of U.S. and international visitors arrive for the "World's Greatest Boat Show" at the Miami Beach Convention Center. If you are passionate about boating, here are some tips for a fun and exciting Miami Boat Show experience.

1-Ask any boating insider and they'll tell you the Miami Boat Show is THE boat show of the year. If you are a boating enthusiast, you'll be in paradise at the Miami Boat Show. Hotel rooms, of course, fill up fast, beginning with the popular Art Deco hotels near the Miami Beach Convention Center on South Beach/Miami more »

Offbeat Miami
As visitors check off the items on their Miami "must do" list, it is easy to find the road less traveled, even in the midst of some of the city's most popular destinations. Deep in the heart of bustling Coconut Grove, the Barnacle Historic State Park houses the oldest home in its original location in Miami, designed and built by Commodore Ralph Middleton Munroe, one of Miami's early pioneers. Here in this peaceful spot overlooking Biscayne Bay, one can imagine life in South Florida's nascent days, before any roads had been built. Just south of Coconut Grove, Coral Gables is also home to the Venetian Pool, an 820,000-gallon swimming pool built in 1923 from a coral rock quarry. Considered one of the world's most unique and breathtaking municipal swimming pools, the pool is spring-fed and the beautiful coral rock keeps the water nice and cool even in the summer sun.

While Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is known around the world, the lesser known, 600-acre state park, Matheson Hammock, has been attracting naturalists and outdoorsmen for years. With its well-marked nature trials and lovely island-pool lagoon Matheson Hammock is a great, un-crowded destination for families and nature-lovers alike. Red Fish Grill, a truly magical out-of-the-way restaurant located at the far end of the park, is housed in the original Matheson Hammock beach pavilion, hewn from coral rock cut and quarried more »



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