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The Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden a world renown 83 acre botanic garden was opened to the public in 1938. Dr. David Fairchild, the great plant explorer, guided the gardens to eventually become the center of palm research, conservation and horticulture. On an international level, the Fairchild Garden is among the leaders in the conservation of tropical plants and role that they play in preserving the biodiversity of tropical environments. Since 2003 the Botanic Garden has sponsored exhibits by noted artists and has become widely known for its seasonal weekend festivals.


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The Kampong is an 11 acre tropical garden in the Coconut Grove neighborhood. It is one of five gardens world wide of the non-profit National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG). The Kampong is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The garden serves as the mainland campus for the NTBG.



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Everglades National Park, a vast expanse of roughly 1.5 million acres, is the largest sub-tropical wilderness in the United States and is the third largest National Park in the lower 48 (Death Valley and Yellowstone are 1 and 2 respectively). The Park was declared an International Biosphere Reserve, a World Heritage Site and Wetlands of International Importance – only one of three locations in the world to appear on all three lists. The Park boasts 36 species of endangered or threatened protected in the Park. There is no end to the adventure that awaits you at Everglades National Park, from bird watching, hiking, canoeing/kayaking, fishing, and camping…it’s an adventure in waiting.

Tip: Everglades National park is a great place for airboat rides, alligator sightseeing, bird watching, and tons of other adventures.

Everglades National Park
40001 State Road 9336
Homestead, Florida 33034-6733
Visitor Information: (305) 242-7700
Emergencies in Park: (305) 242-7740

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There are tons of activities in Miami including:

• Kayaking
* Biking
• Big Game Fishing
* Boating
• Windsurfing
* Hunting
• Golf
* Camping
• Tennis
* Walking
• Jogging
* Bird watching
• Marathon competition
* Bass Fishing
• Professional Baseball
* Professional Basketball
• Professional Football
* Professional Hockey
• Concerts
* King Mango Strut
• Professional Theatre
* Excellent Restaurants
• Div 1-A College level sports
* Art Festivals
• Coral Castle
* The Florida Keys
* Zoo Miami
* Hanging Out !
* South Beach
* Everglades
* Vizcaya
* Parrot Jungle Island
* Cape Florida State Park
* Beaches

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Although the Historical Museum of South Florida opened its doors in 1962, its conception started back in 1940 with the Historical Association of South Florida. The purpose of the Historical Museum of South Florida is to retell the stories of South Florida and the Caribbean, and to ensure people understand the past so that there can be a better quality of life for present and future. Currently it encompasses 40,000 square feet, and houses permanent and temporary exhibition space, classrooms, a Research Center, a theater, a museum store, offices and a controlled collections storage area. The museum houses collections of cultures that have had the most influence on South Floridians including Cubans, Haitians, Bahamians, and Native Americans. It is a salute to the people that make up South Florida.

101 West Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33130-1538
(305) 375-1492

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The Miami Museum of Science, located just south of the Brickell neighborhood in Downtown Miami, provides fun ways for children, and people of all ages to understand the nature of science. There are many hands-on activities to study astrology, the human body, and animals. The Miami Museum of Science has a planetarium and a unique wild animal center where snakes, reptiles, turtles and birds of prey all live. Presentations of the stars are performed several times a day in the planetarium. One of their special exhibits is their Hurricane: Storm Science Center, where visitors can see a hurricane from inside; as well as learn how to forecast the weather, and learn how to use weather instruments.

3280 South Miami Avenue,
Miami FL
(305) 646-4200

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Another area rich in wild life in Miami, FL with more than 1,000 animals and 500 species of plants is Parrot Jungle Island. Several times a day there are Wild Encounters Shows with tigers and orangutans. Reptile Giants Shows feature a 100-pound alligator, snapping turtle, and poisonous snakes. There are also the Tiger Enclosure Exhibit, Flamingo Lake Exhibit, the Everglades Habitat Exhibit, and the Manu Exhibit. All of these offer exotic animals pertaining to their habitat. Parrot Jungle Island originated in 1936 after a native of New York saw a place where birds could fly free, and animals could live out their lives in comfort.

1111 Parrot Jungle Trail
Miami, Florida
(305) 400 7000

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Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, located just south of Downtown Miami, is a National Historic Landmark including a museum. Built by agricultural industrialist James Deering in 1916, it features a Main House, and ten acres of formal gardens. Vizcaya is an area in Miami Dade County where a unique and hand-built natural resource was conceived. Now it is a place where people go to learn about art, interior design, architecture, landscape design, horticulture, and the environment. John Deering was the first owner of Vizcaya, which is a huge structure teaming with European inspiration. One event offered at Vizcaya is an over-night stay at the mansion experiencing firsthand what Mr. Deering and guests might have done. Seeing a movie of both modern day and an historic silent film. Music is supplied along with beverages. There are many different ways to enjoy your time at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.

Tip: Location of the ‘Ace Ventura: Pet Detective’ Mansion Dinner Scene, and one of the most exclusive venues for a Wedding in Miami.

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
3251 South Miami Avenue
Miami, Florida 33129

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The Charles Deering Estate is situated on Old Cutler Road in Miami, and is famous for its 444-acre historical estate that offers various types of activities suitable for children as well as adults to enjoy. The preseved estate includes historical buildings such as the Richmond Cottage and the Stone House. There are nature walks and trails for everyone’s enjoyment, and can also be used for educational purposes. It is also a great place to canoe and there is a 7-acre large mangrove island nearby. The Charles Deering Estate is currently being managed by Miami-Dade Parks & Recreation under the administration of the State of Florida.

Tip: Great place for a wedding in Miami.

Charles Deering Estate
6701 SW 72 Avenue
Miami FL 33157

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Established in 1958, Palmetto Senior High School has been named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. The school serves a diverse population reflecting 40% white (non-Hispanic), 34% Hispanic, 18% black (non-Hispanic), 5% Asian and 3% multiracial.

Official Info:
Miami Palmetto Senior High is a nationally recognized senior high school located on 23 acres in the Village of Pinecrest in southeastern Miami-Dade County, Florida. Palmetto offers a challenging academic program, while providing stimulating coursework for students of all academic abilities. Currently, almost 3,400 students have 290 course offerings from which to choose.



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