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South Beach Attractions

Art Deco District Tours
Ninety minute guided walking tours of the Art Deco Historic District are offered every Wednesday thru Sunday. Conducted by local historians and architects to provide an introduction to Art Deco, Mediterranean Revival, and the Miami Beach Architectural Historic Distric
Location: MDPL Art Deco Welcome Center 1001 Ocean Dr. Miami Beach Art Deco District/South Beach - Corner of 10th and Ocean Drive
Website: www.mdpl.org

Everglades National Park
40001 State Road 9336
Homestead, Florida 33034
1-305-242-7799

Historical Museum of Southern Florida
101 W. Flagler Street
Miami, Florida 33130
1-305-375-1492

Miami Metro Zoo
12400 SW 152nd Street
Miami, Florida 33177
1-305-251-0040

Miami Museum of Science and Space Transit Planetarium
3280 S. Miami Avenue
Miami, Florida 33129
1-305-646-4200 Museum
1-305-646-4400 Planetarium

Click here for Museum and Planetarium Schedule

Miami Seaquarium
4400 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, Florida 33149
1-305-361-5705

Monkey Jungle
14805 SW 216th Street
Miami, Florida 33170
1-305-235-1611

Parrot Jungle and Gardens
1111 Parrot Jungle Trail
(Located off MacArthur Causeway)
Miami, Florida 33132
1-305-2-JUNGLE

    Parrot Jungle (305-666-7834; 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, off I-396/MacArthur Causeway; adult/child $24.95/19.95; 10am-6pm) has been a kitschy attraction since 1936, but since a 2003 move to the much0more accessible spit of land between South Beach and downtown Miami, it's become a much sleeker spot to visit.

    Its new 18-acre waterfront facility, planted and lushly landscaped with a minimum of pesticides and solidified with 27,000 tons of structural fill, is now the proud home of parrots, macaws, flamingos and cockatoos in endless varieties, some caged but many flying in outdoor aviaries that simulate their natural environments.You can watch the birds, talk to them and feed them, or set back and let them entertain you at one of the stage areas (where trained birds chat with and, unfortunately, dance for audiences).

    Other creatures have include snakes, crocodiles, gibbons and orangutans, creating a mini-zoo that kids especially enjoy. The walkways are covered (from both rain and bird poop), and indoor dining, game and shopping areas provide plenty of shelter from storms. Parking is available for $6...read more »

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
3251 S. Miami Avenue
Miami, Florida 33129
1-305-250-9133


Art Deco Historic District, South Beach, Miami

South Beach's heart is its Art Deco Historic District, from 18th St. and south along Ocean Dr and Collins Ave - one of the largest area in the USA on the National Register of Historic Places. In fact, the District's rejuvenations and rebirth as a major tourist destination results directly from it's protection as a historic place in 1979.

The National Register designation prevents developers from wholeheartedly razing significant portions of what was, in the 1980s, a crime-ridden collection of crumbling eyesores populated primarily by drug-crazed lunatics, Cuba's refugees and elderly residents. It's a far cry from that now, with a lively mix of neighbors including gay men, for winters only, plus a sprinkling of old timer holdouts. Today, hotel and apartment facades are decidedly colorful, with pastel architectural details.

Your First stop here should be the Art Deco Welcome Center (305-531-3484; 1001 Ocean Dr; 10am-7:30am Mon-Sat, to 6pm Sun). which will provide you with a good sense of this much beloved but often misunderstood district. You'll find an informative permanent exhibit in the gallery, a bevy of walking tours you can sign up for (including an excellent self-guided audio tour), and a very well stocked gift shop hawking souvenirs from old-fashioned postcards to deco-style jewelry...read more»

 

 

 
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