Miami Review & Things to do!
by Helga Marshmellow
  East Florida Coast Things to Do!

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Do the conga in Miami, a bustling city rich with culture from its Cuban and Latin history. Visit the world famous South Beach and take in the iconic Art Deco architecture, boutiques and people watching, grab a Cuban sandwich and a café con leche at one of the many local cafes, or take a detour and visit Everglades National Park, where you can enjoy an air-boat ride through mangroves and swamps in search of crocodiles and giant turtles.

As you travel south from Cocoa Beach you'll encounter the inviting, beachy towns of Palm Bay, Sebastian, Vero Beach and Fort Pierce - all worthy of a visit. Port St. Lucie is a mid-sized city of 155,000 and home of the New York Mets spring training. This balmy, subtropical region beckons you outdoors with a myriad of activities. How about a guided horseback ride along the beach, or an airboat excursion? Check out a class at American Top Team, a world-famous mixed martial arts school for all ages. You'll learn all about marine environment and research at not one, but two places: Ocean Discovery Center/Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, located at Florida Atlantic University and the St. Lucie County Aquarium, which features the exciting Smithsonian Ecosytems Exhibit.

A few miles down the eastern coast you'll come to Jupiter and Palm Beach, where you'll find more sun, sand and beaches galore (that's why you came to Florida in the first place, isn't it?). In Jupiter you can view memorabilia belonging to Burt Reynolds, the famous actor from Deliverance, at the museum of the same name. Enjoy breakfast at the highly-rated Center Street Nook and then tour the Intracoastal Waterway and Loxahatchee River on the Manatee Queen Pontoon Boat. Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach is a great place to do some paddle boat exploring. Be mindful of the alligators if you visit Grassy Waters Nature Preserve, a 20 square-mile wetlands wildlife sanctuary.

On to Boca Raton and Pompano Beach, both towns just north of Fort Lauderdale. In Pompano Beach you can take a tour of the 'Spirit of Innovation', the 192 foot-long Goodyear Blimp. If you are visiting in the fall don't miss an Owls football game at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton. Fort Lauderdale proudly calls itself the "Venice of America' with its scenic inland waterways and also has some of the most spectacular (and famous) beaches in the state, with over 5 million yearly beach-goers. Every October the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is a huge draw for the nautical crowd.

Hollywood boasts a unique oceanfront promenade called the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk. This nearly two and a half mile long brick-paved path along the Atlantic is the perfect place to rollerblade, bike or stroll while you breathe in the ocean breeze and the delicious smells from the highly-rated restaurants lining the promenade.

You'll want to spend a few days getting lost in 'America's Riviera', otherwise known as Miami. There is so much to see and do in this culturally vibrant metropolitan city of almost two and a half million residents. Miami is also the Wreckreational Diving Capital of the World, with over 50 wreck sites providing artificial reefs for marine life and amazing diving opportunities for adventurers. Love sporting events? Make sure you take in at least one Florida Marlins Baseball, Miami Dolphins Football or Miami Heat Basketball game while you're here. Cruise around the Art Deco District, where you can view over 800 stunning examples of art deco architecture.

Nothing says Miami quite like South Beach, with its people-watching, nightclubs, live music and nonstop action. Don't leave without sampling some of the finest Cuban and South American cuisine in the country. A couple of restaurants to try include Ola at the Sanctuary and Jaguar Ceviche Spoon Bar and Latin Grill. If you need to get away from it all plan a visit to Everglades National Park, with over 1.5 million acres for you to camp, canoe, bird watch or take a tour with a knowledgeable ranger.

Miami family fun adventure, top 25 things to do around the Miami area!

New York Mets spring training, Port St. Lucie
American Top Team, mixed martial arts school, Port St. Lucie
Bonnet House Museum & Gardens
Indian River Lagoon
Hutchinson Island
St. Lucie County Aquarium featuring the Smithsonian Ecosytems Exhibit
Ocean Discovery Center Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Florida Atlantic University
Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse
Burt Reynolds & Friends Museum, Jupiter
Manatee Queen Pontoon Boat, Jupiter
Lake Okeechobee

West Palm Beach
Palm Beach Zoo at Dreher Park
South Florida Science Museum & Dekelboum Planetarium, West Palm Beach
Okeeheelee Park, West Palm Beach
Grassy Waters Nature Preserve, West Palm Beach
Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, West Palm Beach
Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, 10 miles west of Boynton Beach
Children's Science Explorium, Boca Raton
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton
Florida Atlantic University Stadium, Boca Raton
Daggerwing Nature Center, Boca Raton
Coconut Cove Water Park, Boca Raton
Little Palm Family Theater, Boca Raton
Isle Casino & Racing at Pompano Park, Pompano Beach
Fern Forest Nature Park, Pompano Beach
Goodyear Blimp Tour, Pompano Beach
Intracoastal Waterway, Fort Lauderdale
Funderdome, Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum
Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, Fort Lauderdale
Jungle Queen Riverboat, Fort Lauderdale
Sawgrass Recreation Park, Fort Lauderdale
Xtreme Indoor Karting, Fort Lauderdale
International Swimming Hall of Fame, Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale Sun Trolley
Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, (every October)
International Game Fish Association Museum, Dania Beach
Hollywood Beach Broadwalk
Ann Kolb Nature Center, Hollywood
Seminole Okalee Indian Village, Hollywood
Hialeah Racetrack
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Miami
American Airlines Arena (Miami Heat Basketball)
Miami MetroZoo
Florida Grand Opera, Miami
Oleta River State park, Miami
Everglades Safari Park, Miami
The Kampong, Miami
Miami Science Museum
Miami Children's Museum
Miami Seaquarium
Little Havana, Miami
Police Hall of Fame Museum, Miami
Deering Estate at Cutler, Miami
Parrot Jungle and Gardens, Miami
Wings Over Miami Museum
South Beach, Miami
Bayfront Park Amphitheater, Miami
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Miami
Biscayne Bay Coral Reefs
Biscayne National Park
Everglades National Park
Miami Beach Art Deco District
Miami Dolphins Football team
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Miami
Homestead Miami Speedway
Coral Castle, Homestead
Richard Petty Driving Experience, Homestead
Biscayne National Park (South topwards Keys)

 Miami, Port St. Lucie, Fort Lauderdale area Activities, family activities fun adventures!
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