Deco District - an 18-block area of renovated 1930's art
deco hotels painted in tropical hues. In the heart of South
Beach (SoBe), a mecca for artists, musicians, models - the "glitterati"
or international jet-setters. Bordered by NS Dade Blvd - 6th
Steet, EW Lenox Court - Atlantic Ocean.
Art Deco Welcome Center, (1001 Ocean Dr., 305- 672-2014) offers
walking tours Saturday at 10:30am, Thursday at 6:30pm or by
special requests for large groups. Gift shop and literature.
Way - charming 1920's-era Spanish-Mediterranean style village
in the heart of South Beach's art deco district. Shops. cafes,
an art center, and the historic Clay Hotel and International
Hostel, where gangster Al Capone once ran a casino.
Way Art Center: 405 Espanola Way, between Washington & Drexel
Avenues (673 6248) Bus C, H, K, W. Open 6-10pm Tue-Fri; noon-8pm
Sat; or by appointment. No credit cards. Visitors can explore
the studios in this funky artists' building off Washington Avenue.
Group shows and individual artist's installations.
10901 Old Cutler Road
Coral Gables , Florida 33156
Handicapped-accessible. Wheelchairs available.
The largest tropical botanical garden in the U.S. and an international
plant conservation research facility. Eighty-three acres of rare
tropical palms, vines and flowering trees. Garden shop, cafe and
conservatory. Narrated tram tours available.
9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Closed Christmas.
Admission: $8 adults, free for Garden members and children
Special Events: International Mango Festival (July); Horticulture
and Spice Park
24801 SW 187 Ave. Homestead, Fl. 33031
Tel: (305) 247-5727
only park of its kind in the U.S. Thirty-two acres of farmland
containing over 500 species of exotic and subtropical fruit, nut,
spice and herb trees and shrubs. Guided tours, gardening seminars
and a gift shop with exotic teas and jellies.
to the Redland Natural Arts Festival (January).
Havana - a thriving Cuban neighborhood. Cuban shops, cafes
and food vendors line its main street, "Calle Ocho".
Maximo Gomez Park offers programs for senior citizens.
Crédito Cigars - (1106 Calle Ocho) world-famous cigar
factory in Little Havana. One of the first Cuban businesses to
set up shop in Little Havana in the early 1960s. You can watch
the tabaqueros, most of whom learned their craft back in Cuba,
hand toll cigars or buy some Cuban-style cigars. M-S 8 am-5:30
pm, closed Sunday.
Design District - the heart of Miami's interior design industry;
this neighborhood is home to many artists and their studios, antique
shops and art galleries. Located between NE 36th and NE 42nd Street
between Miami Avenue and NE 2nd Avenue.who? Offers gallery walks
on 2nd Friday of each month.
12400 SW 152 St. Miami, Fl. 33177
metropolitan zoo and breeding center for endangered species. Over
200 species of animals including koalas, a pair of giant Komodo
dragons, the rare white tiger and endangered black rhino.
children's zoo and petting area "PAWS" lets children
get close to pot-bellied pigs and baby animals.
9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with admission gates closing at 4 pm.
Admission: Adults, $8 plus tax; Children ages 3-12, $4
plus tax. Children under 3 free.
Special features: state-of-the-art playground areas for
children of different ages and children with disabilities
Tours: tram tours, behind-the-scenes tours of breeding
Museum of Science and Space Transit Planetarium
3280 South Miami Avenue
Miami, Florida 33129
museum, planetarium and bird of prey rehabilitation center.
Many child-friendly interactive displays and games like "Gravity
Playground" and "Sports Challenge". Educational
programs and summer camp. "Smithsonian Expedition",
an immersive tour of artifacts from Latin America and the Caribbean.
Fact and Fantasy thru Sept. 9, 2001.
your snake to the Museum's annual "Snake Day" August
12th and win prizes!
Space Transit Planetarium offers daily star shows, laser shows
(adults $6, children and senior citizens $3.00) and free observatory
**En español: audio simulcast of the planetarium
Open daily 10am - 6pm (box office closes at 5pm). Closed Thanksgiving
and Christmas Day.
4:30 P.M. (Weekdays)
14805 Southwest 216th St. Miami, FL 33170
Tel: (305) 235-1611
zoological park home to nearly 400 primates, most running free
on a 30-acre reserve. One of the few protected habitats for endangered
chimps, orangutans and other primates in the United States and
the only one open to the general public. Highlights include King,
a Western lowland gorilla, and noontime Java monkey feedings,
where the monkeys dive into a pool to receive fruit and treats.
9:30 am until 5:00 pm daily. The ticket offices close at 4:00
Children 4-12: $9.95 plus tax
Senior Discount 65+: $12.95 plus tax
No charge for children under the age of 4.
11000 SW 57 Ave Miami, FL
Tel: (305) 666-7834
Lush botanical bird sanctuary, wildlife habitat, and botanical
garden. Trained parrots and macaws entertain the crowd at regular
animal shows. Large display of reptiles and amphibians including
a rare albino alligator, giant sea turtles, snakes and lizards.
The rare kinkajou, or "honey bear", is also on display.
Educational programs, video presentations. Small cafe and picnic
facilities on premises.
9:30a.m. - 6 p.m. (ticket office closes at 5 pm) -CHECK
$15.95 plus tax
child admission (ages 3-10): $10.95 plus tax
Children under 3 free
Annual passes: adults $23.95 plus tax; children $15.95 plus tax
Seniors: $20.95 plus tax
2701 De Soto Boulevard, Coral Gables, FL 33134
Tel: (305) 460-5356
large, lavish Italianate swimming pool, formerly a stone quarry,
containing over 800,000 gallons of spring-fed water. Swim amid
caves, waterfalls, and a Venetian-style bridge. Listed as a National
Historic landmark. Snack bar on premises.
Rates - April through October
(13 and older)
(3 - 12)
Rates - November through March
(13 and older)
(3 - 12)
Rates - 25 or more; Summer week days only
(13 and older)
(3 - 12)
wk of June - 2nd wk August: 11:00 am - 7:30 pm
September & October: 11:00 am - 5:30 pm*
April & May: 11:00 am - 5:30 pm*
November-March: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm*
& Sunday: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm year-round
Free parking is available on-site.
Museum and Gardens
S. Miami Ave. Miami, Fl. 33129
Tel: 305/250-9133 Fax: 305/ 285-2004
Italian Renaissance-style estate built in 1916 as the winter residence
of industrialist James Deering. Over 10 acres of formal gardens
and fountains surround a villa containing 34 rooms of 15th through
19th-century antique furnishings and decorative arts. Vizcaya
is one of only two officially designated national historic landmarks
in Miami-Dade County by the National Register of Historic Places
(the other is Freedom Tower).
Daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
House open until 5:00 p.m. Gardens open until 5:30 p.m.
Ticket booth closes at 4:30 p.m.
Features: Gift shop, cafe.
Guided tours often available.
Group tours may be arranged by appointment.
tours: see the formal Italian gardens by moonlight. The program
begins at 7:30 p.m., on designated evenings. Call 305/250-9133
for dates and reservations (required).
FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES Vizcaya offers accessible parking
and restrooms, entrance and routing throughout the first floor
and a viewing area overlooking the Gardens. You may request a
map that will show access throughout the Gardens. Inaccessible
areas are detailed in a photo book with written explanations.
individuals who are blind or visually impaired, there is an audiotaped
guided tour of the gardens and large print guide books.