Out in the sun or under the moonlight, Miami's attractions are always hot

Maria Arroyave

By , Local Expert, Miami
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The perfect weather year round, the miles of beaches that stretch on endlessly - the list of reasons why Miami is an attractive destination are endless; however, most are centered around the pristine beaches. Sure, you can come here and sit in the sun sipping mojitos for the duration of your stay, but there is so much more to Miami, which makes it worth your while to get out and explore. Nature takes the forefront, with several places in the Everglades offering the opportunity to come within feet of a Florida alligator, or stay several hundred feet back and watch a Miccosukee Indian wrestle one. Nature stays virtually...  Read more »

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    Zoo Miami

    • Type: Zoos
    • Neighborhood: South Dade

    Local Expert Tip: "Feeding the giraffes here allows you to get up on a pedestal and extend a branch out to these incredibly tall and equally as loving animals. "

     
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    Miami Seaquarium

    Local Expert Tip: "The Sea Trek Reef Encounter allows participants to walk the floor of a 300,000 gallon tropical reef in nothing but a wetsuit and air-tight helmet. This is the newest opportunity to stand in the midst of stingrays, tropical fish, and eels. "

     
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    Jungle Island

    Local Expert Tip: "The most amazing animal here, the liger, is the largest cat in the world. When he's feeling exceptionally social, the liger has been known to press his face against the hurricane-proof glass window, allowing guests to come face to face with this massive animal hybrid."

     
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    Shark Valley Visitor Center

    Local Expert Tip: "Bike rentals are available, however they go extremely quickly. The trail opens at 9:15 a.m. and closes at 5:15 p.m. As the trail takes an average of four hours to complete, getting into the park early to secure a bike rental is advisable."

     
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    Everglades Safari Park

    Local Expert Tip: "The airboat rides, while amazing, are exceptionally loud. Do not refuse the ear plugs! For a gorgeous and intimate ride, the park offers sunset trips, where you can watch the sun go down over the majestic river of grass. "

     
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    BlueMonster Course at Doral Golf Resort & Spa

    Local Expert Tip: "Take a long, well deserved rest after your game by utilizing the Doral Resort Spa, where you can book a steam or attend a relaxing Yoga class."

     
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    Lummus Park Beach

    Local Expert Tip: "Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen. After the sunscreen, the best place to park is the garage on 7th Street and Collins Avenue, which charges only $1.00 per hour and is located a few blocks away from Lummus Park. If you've forgotten your sunscreen, this brief walk will allow you to pick up a bottle or two."

     
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    Holocaust Memorial

    Local Expert Tip: "This experience is both chilling and uplifting. The memorial frequently hosts Holocaust survivors, who deliver speeches and personal experiences to visitors. Check the Holocaust Memorial website for the dates of special events such as these."

     
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    Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

    Local Expert Tip: "The garden frequently hosts installations from world-renowned artists like Dale Chihuly. Check the Fairchild website for special and ongoing events, including moonlight tours and movie nights. "

     
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    Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

    Local Expert Tip: "On the eve of the full moon each month, Vizcaya hosts moonlight garden tours complete with live music and refreshments in the Courtyard. "

     

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