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 (and we recommend you do so at least once on the infamous Lummus Park Beach), 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. At Shark Valley, you'll have the chance to walk or bike down one of the longest stretches of mostly untouched Everglades without having to put on snake boots and wade in the sawgrass. But if that's a bit too up close for you, Everglades Safari Park offers airboat rides, which is surely the funnest way to get around in the Everglades.
Then there are spots like Zoo Miami and Jungle Island, who bring the best of wildlife from all over the world and are constantly evolving and incorporating new exhibits, shows, and exciting animal encounters. You'll have the chance to feed giraffes, take photos with macaws, watch tigers getting fed, listen to the songs of the howler monkeys, and even come face to face with lemurs at these two unique destinations.