Vacation Guide: 10 Best Things to Do in Miami and South Florida

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There are some things you just have to do before you South Florida, but luckily for completists we’ve narrowed the list down to 10 top must-do’s your convenience

 

Case in point: You can visit spots like iFly or Bird’s Underwater Inc if you’re looking for a thrill and and an unforgettable experience, or stop by Stiltsville or Whitehall for a little taste of history.

Related: 10 Things to See and Do in Orlando

Each experience is unique, and you’ll be thankful you stuck around a little longer and enjoyed some of or all of these 10 things to do before departing the area—there’s no shortage of things to do in South Florida, ranging from the one-of-a-kind to simply unforgettable.

Airboat in the Everglades

17696 SW 8th St

Truly appreciate the picturesque scenery Miami has to offer with a tour through the Everglades. You’ll also get to see wildlife up close, like rare exotic birds, sea creatures, snakes and, let’s not forget the main attraction: the alligators. It’s a side of Florida not everyone gets to see, and you may even get a peek at the incredibly rare and endangered Florida panther.

Venetian Pool

2701 De Soto Blvd

The Venetian Pool is one of the oldest and most well-known spots in South Florida. It’s also one of the largest freshwater pools in the country, which is great when extreme heat strikes. Get some concessions like a chicken sandwich, or a cheeseburger with curly fries, and make sure to pose for a picture under the waterfalls.

Hialeah Park

2200 E 4th Ave

Everyone should see a flamingo at least once. At Hialeah Park, you’ll be able to see them zoom by along the race track as they mystify onlookers. Afterward you can stick around to play some slot machines at the casino, where there are over 850 shots and games, like virtual blackjack and poker. You’ll get to overlook the horse track while you’re surrounded by elegance.

Stiltsville

Key Biscayne, FL

Mysteries of pirates and strange architecture all surround the houses at Stiltsville. Take a boat that leaves from Biscayne Bay, and you’ll be up close and personal with an integral part of Miami’s past. The stilted houses are neon, and from a distance even appear to be boats. You won’t be able to go inside them, but you will be able to appreciate the little houses that once represented an offshore escape for the Miami elite.

Redland Market Village

24420 S Dixie Hwy, Homestead

Find Mexican food like no other at Redland Market Village. Sampling the cuisine and checking out the market space is one of the best things to do before you leave South Florida. You can pick up authentic spices, fresh fruits and vegetables, clothing and knick-knacks, so you’ll probably end up going home with a lot more than you intended. Make sure to try the tacos from one of the many food trucks by the village.

Whitehall

1 Whitehall Way, Palm Beach

Whitehall is a 75-room mansion that houses the Henry Flagler museum. It’s one of the biggest properties open to the public in South Florida, giving visitors an opportunity to see some art and architecture that you can’t find anywhere else. Exhibits like Masterfully Human are dedicated solely to artists like Gaugengigl, and other exhibits like Knights of the Air showcase artwork from the first World War. The mansion has been compared to palaces in Italy and Spain—and for the right price, you can even host an event here.

Morikami Japanese Gardens

4000 Morikami Park Rd, Delray Beach

Morikami has six gardens inspired by famous styles throughout Japan’s history, like the Heian or the Kamakura period, and are perfect for a leisurely stroll. You can check out the museum afterwards for exhibits like Japan Through the Eyes of a Child. Keep an eye out for the yearly Lantern Festival, which pays homage to Japan’s ancestors with a lantern floating ceremony, traditional folk dancing, and Japanese street fare.

iFly

8969 International Dr, Orlando

Ever wanted to go skydiving? At iFLY you can get the adrenaline rush without the huge risk. Open to all ages, the instructor will make sure that everyone is ready for their indoor skydiving experience. Prices start at $70 for two flights or $300 for a family deal of 10 flights.

Orlando Eye

8401 International Dr #100, Orlando

It isn’t quite as renowned as the one in London, but the Orlando Eye comes pretty close. It gives you a killer bird’s-eye view of Orlando. Stop by at night and you’ll see a light show like no other. Pro tip: Ask for the Florida resident discount and you’ll be able to save some money too.

Bird’s Underwater

320 NW Hwy 19, Crystal River

Forget about dolphins—Citrus County is the only place in Florida where you’re allowed to legally swim with the manatees. Opt for an early morning tour and get breakfast from the Dockside Deli, and you’ll be ready to get up close and personal with the most peaceful creature in all of Florida. Wetsuits and snorkeling equipment are included.

 

by parade.com

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