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Everglades National Park
Located about an hour's drive from Miami is the third largest national park in the continental United States. More than just sawgrass and alligators, the Everglades feature a stunning variety of plants, birds, animals and terrain. Permits are available for backcountry camping and hiking, but there are ranger led walking tours, boat tours, and tram tours for the less adventurous.  Plan on spending a full day there even if you're only exploring a small portion of the park.
4000l State Road 9336 • Homestead • Tel 305.242.7700 •

Fairchild Tropical Garden
The lush gardens are a delight for anyone interested in tropical trees and plants.  It's also a center for horticulture research so the walking tour guides really know their flora. It's a comfortable way to get back to nature with a Garden Café, Garden giftshop, a tram tour, and wheelchair accessible paved paths. There are also plant sales, shows, wine tastings, concerts and other events throughout the year.
10901 Old Cutler Road • Coral Gables • Tel 305.667.1651 •

Miami Seaquarium
Famous for its performing bottle nose dolphins and killer whales, the Seaqarium offers many different shows and wildlife displays. Aquariums contain a myriad of freshwater and saltwater life. There are also displays with alligators, crocodiles, and sharks for those seeking a dangerous thrill. A rainforest exhibit contains various exotic birds, frogs, snakes and lizards.
4400 Rickenbacker Causeway • Miami • Tel 305.361.5705 •

Parrot Jungle and Gardens
If you have ever wanted to get your picture taken with a parrot this is the place to go. The Parrot Jungle has hundreds of birds, some that perform in acrobatic shows throughout the day.  There are also exotic animals like alligators and flamingos and tamer animals in the petting zoo. The landscaped area features winding paths, ponds, waterfalls, and lots of shady trees. A café and giftshop are also in the park.
11000 Southwest 57th Avenue • Miami • 305.666.7834 •

Lincoln Road Mall
This pedestrian mall in Miami Beach runs several blocks and is filled with cafés, upscale restaurants, speciality shops, theaters, and galleries. There is a farmer's market on weekend mornings and various events such as free concerts throughout the year.  It's considered to be one of the best people watching spots in all of Miami.  Parking is availiable in nearby lots and garages.
Lincoln Road and Alton Road • Miami Beach