Miami and the Beaches has all the attractions of a major metropolitan city: a zoo, museums galore, and plenty of parks. What sets Miami apart is that there is so much more. Just south of Downtown and Beach areas you’ll find Homestead and Florida City, a rural green oasis.
Biscayne National Park
Biscayne National Park may not be the kind of park you first think of when you imagine the National Parks. It’s a series of islands, harbors and campgrounds surrounded by water. Biscayne National Park is 172,000 acres, accessible mostly by boat.
Visit Convoy Point and The Dante Fascell Visitor Center, which is located 9 miles East of Homestead, and reachable by car. You can visit a museum with information about the park’s four ecosystems, see the works of local artists featuring the park, a “touch table” where you can touch bones, feathers, sponges and coral, a bookstore and gift shop. You can also reserve a boat tour here or rent a canoe or kayak.
Those who do have a boat won’t want to miss Boca Chita, Elliott or Adams Keys. Each of these is a great place to dock up and anchor or cruise around. If you need to use an onshore restroom, want to chat with a park ranger or stretch your sea legs on land these are great places to dock up the boat for very low cost. They each have particular amenities, like camping, fishing and hiking.
Everglades Animal Farm
A trip to the Everglades wouldn’t be complete without an alligator sighting; it’s the ultimate Everglades attraction. At the Everglades Alligator Farm you can take an airboat tour and be guaranteed to see an alligator at the alligator show.
Visit Coral Castle and stand baffled amidst the giant stone structures just like scientists, engineers and scholars before you – not to mention every visitor to the museum since 1923.
This mysterious and mystifying attraction was built by Ed Leedskalnin, who began construction of Coral Castle in 1923. It was a monument to the love of his life, Agnes. Where most people write a sappy letter or deliver flowers, Ed single handedly built, carved, sculpted and constructed over 1,100 tons of coral using hand tools. Even more unbelievable still, Ed was only five feet tall and weighed approximately 100 pounds.
Visit Coral Castle Museum any day of the week to see this strange and unbelievable achievement and declaration of love for yourself or consider hosting an event there.
Miami Exotic Auto Racing
Wishing for the rush of adrenaline and an unknown experience? Well dream no more. Just head over to Miami Exotic Auto Racing and get behind the wheel.
At Miami Exotic Auto Racing at the Homestead Miami Speedway you can experience the thrill of putting the pedal to the metal. You’ll start with a safety training lesson in a demo car, then a veteran racer will teach you the basics and give you the tools you need to go full speed. There are no restrictions on how fast you can drive.
Buy your driving time by the lap, in a package or even test out all three cars. If you would rather experience the racecar thrill in the hands of a seasoned professional sign up for the Professional Race Car Driver Experience. A professional driver will make it around the track faster than you ever will. Buckle your seatbelts because you’re in for a fast ride.
Fruit & Spice Park
The Fruit & Spice Park is a truly unique attraction. It’s the only park of its kind, not just in Florida, but the whole country. The tropical climate of the area is the only of its kind in the continental United States, positioning it to host over 500 varieties of fruits, vegetables, spices, herbs, and nuts in the Fruit & Spice Park. Find more than 150 varieties of mangos, 70 bamboo varieties and 75 kinds of bananas in the stunning landscape of the park organized by areas of the world. A day at the Fruit & Spice Park is a day surrounded by lush greenery, flowers and nature’s most untouched beauty.
Hop aboard the tram and visit the whole 37 acres in one day. Stop for lunch at the quaint and very delicious Mango Café inside a log cabin, which serves local fare with a tropical touch. Come in town at the right time and find a local market, the Asian Festival, a yearly event celebrating Asian food and culture and especially highlighting Asian wildlife grown in the park.
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