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Top 10 Things To Do in Florida

Destination(s): Miami

With hundreds of miles of beautiful beaches, all that Florida sun and a certain resident mouse, outdoor and family-oriented activities are naturally at the top of the list of things to do Florida. Yet there’s much more to the state than ‘fun in the sun’ and Disney World. An important community of artists, musicians and chefs call Florida home, who have turned the state into a prime destination for art, music and food. We’ve channeled their creativity with our top 10 picks of things to do in the Sunshine State, including: swimming with dolphins, snorkeling with fish and interacting with tropical birds in Discovery Cove; discovering contemporary art at the galleries in the Wynwood Arts District; fishing and seeing alligators at the Everglades Holiday Park; catching a concert or a Broadway show at Adrienne Arsht Performing Arts Center; and hiking, birdwatching and catch and release fishing in the National Key Deer Refuge. read more about Top 10 Things To Do in Florida

National Key Deer Refuge

National Key Deer Refuge

  • 28950 Watson Boulevard
  • Big Pine Key Plaza
  • tel:+1 305 872 2239
  • Visit website
  • Big Pine Key, 33043

The National Key Deer Refuge consists of approximately 9,200 acres of land that includes mangrove forests, freshwater and salt marsh wetlands, pine rockland forests and tropical hardwood hammocks, as well as more than 75,000 acres of state waters co-managed to support refuge objectives. Shallow nearshore waters are included as well. These native habitats sustain the tiny Key deer, a subspecies of the North American white-tailed deer, and 21 other threatened and endangered plant and animal species. Since the refuge was established, the Key deer, once nearing extinction because of over-hunting and habitat loss, has rebounded to a healthy population of between 600 and 700 animals. The refuge, which is over 50 years old, is also a stopping point for thousands of migratory birds each year, and a winter home to many North American bird species including the roseate tern and peregrine falcon. Birdwatching is one of the world's largest participatory sports, and the Keys are an ideal location for it, year-round. read more about National Key Deer Refuge

Seven-Mile Bridge

Seven-Mile Bridge

  • Mile Marker 47 to Mile Marker 40
  • tel:+1 800 352 5397
  • Marathon, 33050
Discovery Cove

Discovery Cove

  • 6000 Discovery Cove Way
  • tel:+1 407 370 1280
  • Visit website
  • Orlando, 32821

In July of 2000, Discovery Cove opened its gates and began providing a unique theme park experience that is nothing short of extraordinary. With a maximum of 1,000 guests per day, the park has managed to create an intimate feel – more like you're visiting a swanky resort in the Caribbean than visiting a theme park in the middle of Orlando. The admission price, though hefty, includes all of your needs…
towels, wet suits, lockers, snorkels, masks, sun tan lotion, souvenir photos and parking.

Meals and snacks are included as well (and not just hot dogs and hamburgers either). You'll start the day with a continental breakfast (pastries, muffins, fresh fruit, juices and coffee). You can have a hamburger for lunch if you'd like, but Discovery Cove also offers such items as grilled salmon and pasta primavera. Unlimited snacks such as chips, pretzels, nachos, ice cream and smoothies are available all day. You can also enjoy as much bottled water, soda, beer, and cappuccinos as you like.

If you've booked yourselves into the Dolphin Encounter, the friendly concierge will schedule your time in the Dolphin Lagoon when you arrive. During the 30-minute encounter, you and 5-7 other guests will wade into shallow water and get up close and personal with a very sociable and playful Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin. Your trainer will guide the dolphin through a series of activities, allowing you to touch and instruct the dolphin. You'll also be able to experience a dorsal tow ride. For dolphin lovers, the extra admission price to include this encounter is definitely worth it.

When you arrive, you'll also want to check on the feeding times at Ray Lagoon so you can make sure to schedule that into your day. You can interact with dozens of rays of all sizes, some up to four feet in diameter. It's an amazing experience to be amongst these gentle and graceful creatures. The Coral Reef is where you'll really get to test your snorkeling skills as you float along amongst the hundreds of brilliantly colored tropical fish and rays. Make sure you find the shark encounter. Don't worry… they're behind thick glass.

You'll want to make several trips down the warm Tropical River, drifting in the slight current, under waterfalls, and through an underwater cave. The river also takes you through the Aviary, where you can hop out of the water and interact with over 250 exotic birds, none of which are caged. Having a toucan land on your arm is an interesting experience. Discovery Cove's beach is a great feature as well. Along
the huge expanse of white, sugary sand, you'll find hammocks, umbrellas, and cabanas for your use. When all the swimming and snorkeling leaves you exhausted, grab a beach lounger and have a nap.
To avoid disappointment, reservations are a must!
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Adrienne Arsht Performing Arts Center

Adrienne Arsht Performing Arts Center

  • 1300 Biscayne Boulevard
  • tel:305/949-6722
  • Visit website
  • Miami, 33132

The indisputable jewel in the crown of Miami's entertainment scene, Adrienne Arsht Performing Arts Center (formerly the Carnival Center for the Performing Arts) is a 570,000-square-foot facility that happens to be the country's third-largest performing arts center. There are two principal venues in the center: a concert hall and an opera house, both of which can seat more than 2,000. Additionally, there are two smaller spaces for more intimate seating of around people. Hosting year-round Broadway and Disney performances as well as acting as the home of the New World Symphony, Miami City Ballet, Florida Grand Opera, and the Concert Association of Florida, the center also hosts a full slate of year-round events put on by a combination of nationally-known personalities and local groups. read more about Adrienne Arsht Performing Arts Center

Wynwood Arts District

Wynwood Arts District

  • 167 Northwest 25th Street
  • tel:305/576-1278
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  • Miami, 33127

Once a rundown industrial wasteland, the Wynwood Art District today boasts the largest concentration of art galleries in the city, with close to 50 art-filled establishments scattered throughout the neighborhood of Wynwood (known as "Little San Juan" by longtime Miami residents). On the second Saturday of each month, the district hosts an art walk, an event that provides art lovers with an opportunities to explore galleries like the urban realist Paredes Fine Art Studio (2311 NW 2nd Ave., 305/219-6688) and the contemporary photo-based  installations of Abba Fine Art (233 NW 36th St., 305/576-4278) as well as the insightful exhibits at Dorsch Gallery (151 Northwest 24th St., 305/576-1278) and the vast offerings of the sprawling 3.2-acre Bakehouse Art Complex (561 NW 32nd St., 305/576-2828). read more about Wynwood Arts District

Everglades Holiday Park

Everglades Holiday Park

  • 21940 Griffin Road
  • tel:+1 954 434 8111
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  • Fort Lauderdale, 33332
Tampa Arrival Transfer

Tampa Arrival Transfer

Michael's

Michael's

  • 532 Margaret Street
  • tel:305-295-1300
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  • Key West, 33040
Nine One Five Restaurant and Wine Bar

Nine One Five Restaurant and Wine Bar

  • 915 Duval Street
  • tel:305 296 0669
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  • Key West, 33040-7407
Primo Restaurant

Primo Restaurant

  • 4040 Central Florida Parkway
  • JW Marriott
  • tel:(407) 393-4444
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  • Orlando, 32837
Ocean Prime - Orlando

Ocean Prime - Orlando

  • 7339 W. Sandlake Road
  • (cross-street Turkey Lake Road)
  • tel:407.781.4880
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  • Orlando, 32819