Weekend Breaks to Miami
Planning a short break to Miami? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Miami. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Miami. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.
Top 10 Things in Miami on a Short Break
16711 W Dixie Hwy. This ancient Spanish monastery was built in Sacramenia in Spain during the period 1133-1141 and is the oldest building in the Western hemisphere. It was originally dedicated in honour of the Blessed Mother and renamed with the canonization of Bernard of Clairvaux.
In 1925, William Randolph Hearst purchased the monastery and the structure was dismantled stone for stone and shipped to the United States. However, Hearst got into financial trouble and the stones remained in a warehouse in New York for 26 years. In 1952, after Hearst died, some Miami developers bought it and it was put together in 19 months and placed where it stands todayhttp://www.spanishmonastery.com
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2240 Old Dixie Hwy. www.cauleysquareshops.com. The square offers a glimpse of Old South Florida at its best and its quaint cottages have all been restored into unique shops and gardens. There are other attractions here, like the Tropical Fun Centre and Paintball Course, The Coral Castle, which is 1000 tons of carved and sculptured coral rock, the Miami seaquarium, Monkey Jungle, where humans are caged and the monkeys run free.
16701 SW 72nd Ave. www.deeringestate.org. This is one of the most beautiful and unique parks in South Florida. There are more than 420 acres, offering tours of endangered natural areas, historic and archaeological sites and a breathtaking view of Briscayne Bay. The park also contains the historical remnants of the Richmond Cottage, portions of which date back to 1896 and the Mediterranean Revival home of Charles Deering, completed in 1923.
10901 Old Cutler Rd. Established in 1938, it is one of the world's pre-eminent botanic gardens with extensive collections of rare tropical plants, including palms, cycads, flowering trees and vines. Set in 83 acres, the gardens also have a 13 000 sq ft visitors centre, a museum of plant exploration, 11 lakes, lily ponds and an outdoor tropical forest, to name but a few of the other attractions.
24801 SW 187 Ave Homestead. The only garden park of its kind in the United States, it is internationally known for its more than 500 varieties of exotic and subtropical fruit, nut, spice and herb trees and shrubs. Visitors can sample and learn on the guided tours and workshops. The park also plays an important role in the introduction of new crops to the public and provides new germ plasm for nurseries and farms. In January, the Redlands Natural Arts Festival is held here where local artisans, artists and gardeners can display and sell their crafts.
Miami's beaches have long been recognised as top picks for recreation and families and have also been ranked as among the best in the United States. Some of the beaches where one can do something different include the: Bal Harbour Beach in Collins Ave. which is great for fishing and palm-shaded jogging curves around mile long beach;Bill Boggs Cape Florida State Recreation Area (1200 S Crandon Blcd) which has great walking and bike trails which wind through native vegetation, complete with historic lighthouse, while Crandon park is great for families with a 3 mile-long lagoon-style beach with lifeguards.
100 Ocean Dr. http://wwwmdpl.org. This is the nation's largest 20th century Register Historic District, with more than 800 buildings erected between 1920 -1930 and contains a variety of architectual styles. The walking tours are done daily with local historians and architects, while the self-guided ones can be done with an audio tour. The Art Deco Festival, started in 1976 and is held annually in January, aims to raise awareness and appreciation of the arts and culture of the Art Deco period ( 1925 - 45) and wants to preserve, promote and maintain the District.
9700 SW 328th Str. www.nps.gov/bis. From 53ft glass-bottomed boats to 45ft catamarans, enjoy the wilderness, mangrave creeks and coral reefs teaming with sea life that is southern Biscayne Bay.Snorkeling and diving can also be done and you can hire canoes, kayaks, go on walking trails, have a picnic, go fishing and enjoy the waterfront visitors centre offering exhibits and films, all of which are some of the attractions in the park.
907 Coral Way. This landmark house originally began as an 1899 frame house and was added to in 1907. It was the boyhood home of the founder and developer of Coral Gables and was restored to the 1920's period and filled with the Merrick family's arts, furniture and family treasures. The house stands as a tirbute to the history iof Southern Florida and is an example of early Coral Gable architecture.
40351 SW 192nd Ave. It started in 1982 as a farm with an airboat ride as the attraction, but in 1985, commerical farming of alligators was permitted and this farm was the first to open. 3000 alligators of all sizes live on the farm along with crocodiles and local and exotic species of snakes.
Guided tours include a walk around this working alligator farm where you can have your picture taken with the crocodiles and hold a baby alligator
Details at www.everglades.com
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