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Zoo Miami

zooRated one of the top 10 zoos in the U.S. by Tripadvisor.com in 2008, this 340-acre zoo showcases more than 2,000 animals including koalas, flamingos and elephants in large open-air exhibits. Things to do and see include: the 27-acre Amazon and Beyond, American Banker’s Family Aviary – Wings of Asia, Dr. Wilde’s World, Samburu Giraffe Feeding Station, Humpy’s Camel Rides, Kaziranga Camp Rhino Encounter, the Zoo Squad, Wings Down Under: A Parrot Feeding Experience, our brand new Playground Playworld, amphitheater wildlife shows, and zookeeper talks throughout the day. Rent a Safari Cycle, ride the monorail or take a guided tram tour to see the zoo. Picnic and party facilities are available. The zoo also specializes in weddings.

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Monkey Jungle

monkeyEscape on a jungle safari. Explore the wilds of South America, Asia and Africa. Witness crab-eating monkeys diving for treats. Delve into the lush, tropical Amazonian rain forest filled with hundreds of exotic monkeys. Be in awe of the Great Apes. Also contains one of the richest fossil deposits in Southern Florida, with more than 5,000 specimens. Ask about the new Rainforest Adventure Tour. Offers continuous presentations, snack bar and gift shop. Open daily 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Adults $29.95 plus tax, children (3-9) $23.95 plus tax, seniors (65 and older) $24.95 plus tax.

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Preparing for travel

sunsetThe outdoors in south Florida brings challenges: sun, heat, and biting insects. There is a reason that we are called the Sunshine State, so sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat are a must. Our seasons are not like they are up north – we have a wet season and a dry season. Dry season is from November through May, and wet season lasts from June to October.

The summer months also bring the heat and humidity, but at the same time, the summer months are some of the lusher and more dramatic times in the Glades (especially for photography). Many people miss a beautiful time in the Everglades because the heat and insects keep them away. There have been times during the summer when it seemed as though I was the only one in the park! Continue reading

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Travel through the wild

adventureEnjoy a guided boat tour in the 10,000 Islands; Experience kayak fishing in the Everglades National Park backcountry; Canoe through magnificent mangrove tunnels; Enjoy a guided bicycle tour amongst old-growth cypress hammocks; Catch tarpon and snook on a guided fishing trip; Hike into the prairies, wetlands and sloughs to find rare orchids; Take a guided birding trip; or over fly the entire area in a float plane.

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Dining & Eating Out

downtown-twoDowntown Miami is right in the center of it all. Just between the busy Brickell financial area, the beaches and the rest of the mainland. The Downtown area is a convenient place to start a night on the town and hop over to other areas nearby or plan on staying the whole night in the many bars, restaurants, lounges, clubs and venues. Continue reading