Outdoor Activities

Key West


The words "Key West" may conjure up images of Jimmy Buffett lazing on the beach with a margarita or Ernest Hemingway hunched over a typewriter or lounging in a bar. These impressions aren't far from the truth. The pace is decidedly relaxed, the...  Read More



Although many people are familiar with the southern Everglades, not many realize that Loxahatchie is a much-diminished northern portion of the preserve. Complete with wet prairies, sawgrass marshes and swamps, the refuge harbors abundant...  Read More

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park


If the constant urban buzz wears thin, this park makes an ideal escape. About two hours south of Miami, it was founded in 1963 as the country's first underwater preserve. At the visitor center, immerse yourself in the area's ecology and natural...  Read More

Fort Lauderdale
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Commonly referred to as "The Venice of America," Fort Lauderdale is also considered the yachting capital of the East Coast and is home to the International Swimming Hall of Fame. While the wealthy city stands on the cutting edge of fashion and...  Read More

Key Biscayne
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Accessed via the Rickenbacker Causeway, this small island grants a rich taste of Miami's coastal charms. Crandon Park, on the northern end, is known for its marina, golf course, tennis center and beaches. The residential Village of Key Biscayne,...  Read More

City of Coral Gables' Venetian Pool
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The fantastical Venetian Pool was created to satisfy the imaginative urges of local designer Denman Fink. In 1923, he transformed a rock quarry into a dramatically beautiful swimming pool that's still a favorite place to cool off. Its setting...  Read More

Deep Sea Fishing
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Whether you're a seasoned pro or an enthusiastic tyro, you'll find the waters off greater Miami ideal for sport fishing. Many professional companies offer charters that depart from Miami for half- or full-day trips, and Haulover Marina's fleet...  Read More

Boca Raton
Boca Raton
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In the 1920s, Palm Beach architect Addison Mizner bought thousands of acres in present-day Boca Raton, intent on developing a new Venice. Shortly after he completed his first big projects, the real estate market went bust, taking most of his...  Read More



This beautiful recreation area set on an idyllic strand of Miami beach is a great place to get away from it all. Visitors enjoy miles of walking paths and mountain bike trails, a peaceful man-made stretch of beach, a designated fishing area and...  Read More